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FAQ

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What’s the difference between a Charity Place runner and an own place runner? Read moreClose
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We provide Charity Places to runners in third party runs. Own place runners secure their places directly from the event organisers.

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I have secured my own place in a race, can I run for you? Read moreClose
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Yes! We would love to have you on our team. Please call 020 3448 4724, or email us.

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How can I secure a Brain Appeal place? Read moreClose
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You will need to complete an application form, setting out why you would like to run for us and how you would meet the fundraising target.

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Why do I have to make an application to secure a Brain Appeal place? Read moreClose
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Demand is high for our Charity Places. It’s important we offer places to runners who are able raise awareness and money for us. Your application form is the only information we look at when deciding whether to offer you a place, so it’s important to answer the questions fully. We then assess each individual application.

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What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? Read moreClose
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We incur costs by being involved in third party running events so it’s important that you reach your fundraising pledge. If you think that you will have any trouble meeting your pledge you should contact us. We will be able to talk through your options and provide you with practical and effective fundraising ideas to help you get back on track.

This does not apply to own place runners as they have paid their own expenses.

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Why do Charity Place runners have to make a fundraising pledge, but own place runners don’t? Read moreClose
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Because we pay for Charity Places, the runners who are allocated one of these are required to make and meet a fundraising pledge. As a charity we need to make sure that not only do we cover the cost of these places, but also make money for our charitable work.

Own place runners secure and pay for their own place from the race organiser. This means that we incur minimal costs, and the money you raise will go towards our charitable work, so we don’t ask for a fundraising pledge.

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Do I need to pay anything now? Read moreClose
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For some of our events there is a registration fee to cover the VAT on the place. Your place will only be secured once we have received the payment.

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Does Gift Aid count towards my fundraising target? Read moreClose
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Unfortunately the tax claimed on Gift Aid donations for third party runs does not form part of your fundraising total. However, you should encourage your sponsors to tick the Gift Aid box if they are UK tax payers as this is an important source of additional income for us.

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Can I fundraise for another charity if I secure a Brain Appeal place? Read moreClose
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We understand that there are many extremely worthy causes, but as we incur costs by being involved in the event, it’s important that as much money as possible is raised for us. If you are allocated a Charity Place it is with the understanding that all fundraising generated is forwarded to The National Brain Appeal – even if you exceed your fundraising pledge. If a National Brain Appeal place is being used to fundraise for another charity, we reserve the right to take back the place from the runner concerned.

This rule does not apply to own place runners.

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Is there an age restriction? Read moreClose
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Yes – though the exact age depends on the event in question. Age restrictions are conditions of the run organisers and are strictly adhered to. For the London Marathon and the Bupa 10,000 you must be 18 on the day of the event. For all other events, please check the event website.

There are no maximum age restrictions, though we recommend that any runners aged 65 and over speak to their doctor before signing up.

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What training should I undertake in preparation? Read moreClose
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We advise all our runners to follow a good training programme to ensure that your body is fit enough to run. We will provide our runners with training tips to help you.

Long distance running is a strenuous activity and you must ensure that you are in good health. If you have a medical condition which could be adversely affected by exercise, you are aged 65 or above, or if you have any doubts about your health, you must have your doctors permission before taking part.

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What happens if I have to withdraw? Read moreClose
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If you are a Charity Place runner and have to withdraw, you should contact us as soon as possible so that your place can be passed to a runner on our waiting list. If you withdraw, you are no longer asked to meet your fundraising pledge.

In some cases it’s possible for own place runners to defer entry if you have secured your own place. You will need to contact the event organisers directly to arrange this.

If you have collected any sponsorship money this should be returned to your sponsors or forwarded to us.

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Is there a fundraising deadline? Read moreClose
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Fundraising deadlines are three months after the event. If you have difficulty meeting this deadline, you should let us know as soon as possible.


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