The Join In blog: Tagged "marathon"

Runners on start line
Tie up your joggers for these great running events

Top running events for volunteers

Get the UK running this spring, summer and autumn. Here are 10 great events that need your help.

London Marathon

After all those winter runs and tireless fundraising, the participants will be ready for the biggest event on the running calendar on 24 April. You can do your bit by cheering the runners; or if you’re a masseuse, why not salve those weary limbs.

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Join In's Top 10 blogs of 2015
What were your highlights from a great year in volunteering?

Join In’s top 10 blogs of 2015

In 2015, our blog covered everything from korfball to blind golf. We bring it to a close with some of our favourite blogs from the past twelve months.

10. Fat boy Slimmer

Ben Fairburn once weighed twenty-three stone, now he weighs fifteen. Ben wouldn’t have been able to achieve this without the help of volunteers. Here is his inspirational story:

Fat Boy Slimmer

The transformation of Ben before and after running is remarkable. (more…)

Clubs need your skills.

The volunteering professionals part II

People’s work skills can be hugely beneficial to sports clubs. In the second part of our volunteering professionals blog, we see how three BT employees raise funds and balance the books.

Part 1 | Part 2

Anthony, accountant


Full name: Anthony Raisbury
Day job:
Former Management Accountant and now Sales Account Manager

Volunteers at: Welford Mixed Hockey Club (more…)

Clubs need your skills.

The volunteering professionals

Your workplace skills could make a real difference to a local sports club. In the first of our two-part series, we see how BT employees put their professional savvy to effective use.

Part 1 | Part 2

Tori, web designer and social media whizz


Full name: Tori Brady
Day job:
Customer Experience

Volunteers at: Ponteland Rugby Club in Newcastle upon Tyne (more…)

Two mother and daughter teams helping make the Hull marathon happen.

Meet the marathon makers

Running is the fastest growing participation sport in the UK, but running clubs and events wouldn’t be possible without volunteers.

Jasha Fletcher, a BT Local Leader in Yorkshire and Humberside, has made a fantastic contribution to Join In’s Run It campaign by recruiting volunteers for the Hull Marathon on 13 September. Full of pride, she shared her exciting experiences from the day…


Mara Yamauchi re-traces the path to marathon success/marimo images.

Mara and the long road

How many athletes grow up in Kenya, study at the University of Oxford, find a new name in Japan and finish second in the London Marathon? Mara Yamauchi told us her story.

It’s not often you see a sportsperson tweeting this way. Indeed, you’ll struggle to find many writers with such a vivid touch.

But Yamauchi wasn’t made the same way as other athletes. For years, she bounced in a bunch of the world’s best marathon runners, yet her route to the top was very different to the rest. (more…)