Run­vem­ber founder

Runner's World (UK) - - Human Race - run­vem­ber. co. uk

In 2013, Alan But­ler (46) set him­self a chal­lenge to run ev­ery day in Novem­ber to raise money for char­ity. ‘ I re­alised that with the power of so­cial me­dia, it could be some­thing big­ger.’ Run­vem­ber was born and last year, 294 peo­ple signed up in aid of Swin­don-based home­less­ness char­ity Thresh­old. ‘ En­trants pledged to run a self­s­e­lected min­i­mum mileage each day and re­ceived a Run­vem­ber box, which they were tasked with filling with items to help build a sur­vival kit for a home­less per­son,’ says Alan, from Royal Woot­ton Bas­sett in Wilt­shire. ‘ For ex­am­ple, a sleep­ing bag, ruck­sack, hat, gloves, toi­letries and a pair of old run­ning shoes.’

Within a month ‘ Run­vem­bri­ans’ had filled over 450 boxes. Alan is al­ready plan­ning Run­vem­ber 2017.

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