Inspired by research into the barriers around women's participation in running, this virtual 5K is the first in a series of events designed to help us celebrate our love of running
One of the things we love the most about running is how easy it is to do – you lace up your trainers, head outside and start running. Unfortunately, it’s not always that simple for us women, with everything from family commitments to personal safety preventing us from doing what we so want to – run.
R4W, who you might know from events such as the Cardiff Half Marathon, are a not-for-profit social enterprise and charitable trust set up to organise events that champion mental health, women’s running diversity and community regeneration.
They were inspired by research from Cardiff University to tackle some of the issues faced by female runners with these women-only events. Those taking part will gain access to content and advice on some of the topics raised in the research, including runnability of streets, feelings of safety, family and work commitments, injury, illness and working with their body. They will also gain access to an exclusive closed social media community, where they can engage with other women taking part, seek support, inspire one another, and celebrate success.
Women can participate in the Her Virtual 5K outdoors or on a treadmill from any worldwide location between 28th March and 28th April 2021. All you need to do is provide some supporting evidence that you’ve covered the 5K distance, such as a photo of the gym equipment or a screenshot from a fitness tracker.
Entry costs just £10 and includes a 5K training plan to help prepare for the race, as well as a 15% discount with Runderwear. 20% of all entry fees will be donated to a women’s focused charity, with those taking part nominating the beneficiary cause to be announced after the event.
Event partners Runderwear are also distributing 100 free spaces via female running groups across Wales, and an additional 100 free spaces to winners of their social media competition – click here to find out how.
“We’re so thrilled to be teaming up with R4W,” says Runderwear co-founder Richard Edmonds. “We’re excited to offer our support to the female running community and they celebrate their love of running in this inspiring event. We wish everyone the best in their run!”
You can find out more about the event and sign up here.