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Hugs Sweat and Cheers for Runners at Battersea Park

by Press Release
Friday 30th January 2015

Video: Spinal cord research charity Wings For Life releases lighthearted video to celebrate the return of global running event World Run

The Wings for Life World Run

Runners in London’s Battersea Park were in for a surprise earlier this month as they were greeted by hundreds of enthusiastic supporters applauding, cheering and waving flags during their morning run.

The ninety-second video reveals a series of unsuspecting runners being caught off-guard during their mid-morning run, as they find themselves being greeted by crowds of cheering fans appearing from all areas of the park.

The activity gave runners a taste of the exhilarating atmosphere that occurs during the annual Wings For Life World Run, which will be taking place on May 3rd at Silverstone Circuit, one of the world’s most iconic motorsport venues and the home of British motorsport.

Emily Spriggs from London said; “I really wasn’t expecting any of this, I was just running round the park and all of a sudden hundreds of people appeared out of nowhere and started cheering for me. At first, I thought they must have got the wrong person or I had somehow run into a race happening in the Park. It was great- I felt like the whole World was behind me!”

The global event, which is in its second year, challenges participants to race against 40,000 people from over 35 countries. Starting at the same time in each country, runners set off together and are given 30 minutes before a ‘Catcher Car’ begins to follow, eliminating runners as it passes them. The last runner to be caught worldwide is the global champion.

For the UK leg, Silverstone Circuit will welcome thousands of runners to take part in the event and its route features a full lap of the circuit before heading into surrounding Northamptonshire countryside.

The Wings for Life World Run

Run247.com have partnered with the Wings for Life World Run to drive participation and fundraising in this unique and worthy event. We've launched the Run247 team which everyone entering via Run247.com can join. We've got a few exciting incentives for the team and the earlier you sign up the more likely you are to benefit.

To join the team enter online at www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com > Once entered select the "Join a Team" option > Search Run247 > Add your registered email.

The Wings for Life World Run
Sunday May 3, 2015 at 12pm

Thousands of runners across the globe will set off in varying light and weather conditions to take part in the Wings For Life World Run.  The ground-breaking race format will unite runners of all abilities to compete simultaneously in 35 different locations spanning five continents until just two global champions remain.

The UK event will take place at Silverstone Circuit, one of the world’s most iconic motorsport venues with 100% of World Run proceeds going to the charity Wings for Life, which funds world-class research aimed at finding a cure for spinal cord injury. 

Unlike existing running events this unique race does not feature a static finish line; instead competitors will be chased by an official World Run catcher car. 30 minutes after the race starts the catcher car will advance towards runners at a set pace, gradually accelerating over time and eliminating them one by one. 

Once a catcher car overtakes a runner their race is over and this will continue until it has caught up with the last remaining competitor. There will be male and female champions crowned at each location but ultimately there can only be two global champions - the last man and woman left running in the world.

Silverstone will welcome thousands runners for the race. Those who make it around the circuit without being caught will head into the beautiful surrounding English countryside as they attempt to outrun the catcher car.



The Wings for Life World Run


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