The Running Charity

The Running Charity is a unique charity that provides running and fitness-based initiatives to homeless and disadvantaged young people aged 16-24.

Sported started working with The Running Charity in September 2013. Impressed with the organisation’s innovative concept and the drive of founders, James Gilley and Alex Eagle, Sported paired the group with two of its volunteer mentors, Anas Hassan and Jessica Anstee.

As Anas explains: “When I first met James, I was instantly struck by his passion for using running to improve young people’s lives, and the energy and tenacity with which he pursued his aspirations for The Running Charity. My concern was that he might find it hard to juggle all the many competing priorities involved in starting up a new charity. That’s where Jess and I came in.

I feel we were able to support James and his colleagues in two main ways. First, we provided some practical support and guidance around strategic and business planning, budgeting, fundraising, marketing and governance. Second, we acted as a sympathetic, yet objective, sounding board – setting up a charity can sometimes be a lonely and difficult process.”

Key achievements

    • Helped over 170 homeless young people and saved society in excess of £6.9 million [Sportworks data]

    • Established a Board of Trustees

    • Gained official charity status from the Charity Commission

    • Secured backing from the London Marathon

    • Announced Olympic gold medallist Colin Jackson CBE as the charity’s patron


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