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Street Child is a UK charity, established in 2008, that aims to create educational opportunity for some of the most vulnerable children in Africa and Asia. 

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Why We Love Running in Autumn

Street Child Staff

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September, a month of new beginnings and new goals. Other than the fact that we have some awesome running events coming up over the next few months, we also believe the joys of Autumn running are many - the fallen leaves carpeting the trails and sidewalks, the faint smell of smoldering bonfires and the warming comfort food for a post-run treat. Here are our top 8 reasons why you should run in Autumn:
 

1) Autumn Inspiration

From the Nepal Marathon to the Kelpies Supernova Run, we have spectacular races everywhere to get you fired up at this time of year. What’s even better, we still have places so if you’re feeling the end-of-summer blues and want to keep up your running now is the perfect time to get involved in our big autumn races and knuckle down to some hard training again.

2) Unpredictable Weather

Whether you’re swept along by the wind, dripped on by the rain, or lucky enough to have a cool warm breeze (or even all three at once), running in Autumn is completely unpredictable and will always keeps you on your toes.The weather can be ideal - unlike in winter, you shouldn’t be absolutely freezing but, equally, there’s no longer any need to worry about getting a vest tan or running in a pool of sweat.

3) Off the Beaten Track

We’ve all had those runs where we just see where the path takes us - albeit often having to turn back on ourselves as we get lost in the middle of nowhere. But you can’t deny that there’s a certain romance about going off-road at this time of year. With the glorious glowing colours of the trees, shiny conkers gleaming on the ground, and the odd frost ensuring the mud isn’t too hard to get through, it’s the perfect time to get back to nature.

4) New Beginnings, New Goals

While the kids head off (or back) to school, September is a time to start afresh and set yourself new goals. Whether it be your first 10K or getting a personal best in a marathon, we have plenty of events lined up for you to train for.


5) Suited and Booted with a New Kit

As the well-known Scandinavian expression goes, “there is no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing”. Autumn is a perfect excuse to take yourself on a little shopping spree for new gear as you prepare for the cooling temperatures. From running hats to protect your ears to those long-sleeved shirts with thumb holes, Autumn is all about the layers - and be sure to kit up with reflective gear as it gets darker.

6) Warming ‘Recovery’ Food

It’s never easy to haul yourself out for a run on cold days or when inevitable seasonal downpours and gales make it an effort just to run to the end of your street. Force yourself out though and you can look forward to the best bit of autumn running - getting warm again! Treat yourself to a hearty casserole, a sweet apple crumble or a gorgeous milky hot chocolate after your run.

7) Run Longer

Use the cooler weather to your benefit and and ramp up your mileage. These longer runs can help you reignite that passion for longer distance running that fell out of favor during the hot summer months.

8) You’ll be Stronger for Spring

It’s the season to train so get yourself in top shape for our spectacular events coming up in 2018. Looking to run a PB in the Paris marathon in spring? What you do between October and December will have a huge bearing on how successful you are. Knuckle down now, embrace cross-country, plan a few new routes, and head into 2018 feeling fitter than ever. We have some awesome running events in the new year so make sure to check out our 2018 calendar!!

#runtogether this July

Street Child Staff

RUN TOGETHER FOR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDSHIP DAY!

At the end of the month it is International Day of Friendship - and what better way to celebrate than grabbing some friends and going for a run? 

All this month we've been asking our runners and supporters to tell us what they love most about running with friends. 

Here's Usha's story:

Street Child's International Volunteering coordinator Usha has a fair amount of experience running and fundraising for Street Child. She's also part of the Street Child Running Club - a few colleagues who've got together to brave the City pavements and run to destress after work. Tracking each other on the STRAVA app, the Street Child Running Club has become a great way for the team to come together and bond out of the office, motivating each other to improve each week while staying fit. 

Last month, Usha ran the Wimbledon Half Marathon with two other Street Child colleagues and here's what she has to say about her experience:

"Running the Wimbledon Half Marathon together with friends from work turned out to be an unintentional team-building exercise when one of my colleagues injured her hip after 11 miles and had to be carried across the finish line by the rest of us. I believe we're a better team today for it."

 

A Local's Guide to Berlin

Martin Forsyth

A Local's Guide to Berlin...

With just three months to go until the Berlin marathon, our wonderful runners are getting prepared and excited for one of the world’s major running events of the year. It’s set to be an incredible atmosphere set in an iconic and historical city with our runners facing one of the fastest and flattest routes, perfect for new marathon runners and PBs alike. SC's Running and Challenges team want to make sure that our runners have a once in a lifetime experience, so we’ve teamed up with Street Child Deutschland to find some of the best insider information of the city – what to do, where to eat, and where to find the perfect post-marathon pint!

Berlin is a city with a thrilling history, and there are many opportunities to explore the famous sights without having to spend a penny. Free walking tours are the best way to see and hear all about the Capital's incredible history, visiting all of the most important historical sights, including The Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the remaining Berlin Wall and lots more. It’s a three-hour free walking tour that is based on tips, starting at 10 am every day at the Alexander plate, so you can start exploring right after breakfast.  

Going a little off the typical tourist path, we recommend travelling beneath the streets and seeing some of the most important underground structures of the city in the Berlin Underworlds guided tours, letting you see a very dark, though very interesting side of Berlin. If you’re looking for the most authentic way to see Berlin, you could get yourself into a “Trabi”, the most famous typical car from East Germany, and discover more of Berlin’s sights while driving around on a guided tour. Another option to see Berlin’s main attractions is going on a boat cruise along the river Spree. And finally, a local way to get around Berlin’s sights is bus number 100 – although there is no guide it is the cheapest tour in Berlin. Whichever mode of transport you choose, the TV tower at the Alexanderplatz is a good place for a break, where you can get a ticket to go up the tower and enjoy the magnificent view over Berlin in the rotating restaurant upstairs.

Finally, the most important part – the post-marathon celebratory drink! Almost each district of Berlin has its own brewery where you can enjoy a good craft beer that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, and some traditional German dishes such as pork with sauerkraut. The most famous brewery is the Kulturbrauerei which is located in the neighbourhood Prenzlauer Berg. Here you can find amazing beer and food plus many different cultural events almost every day.

There are so many wonderful things to do during the marathon weekend so whichever way you choose to spend your Berlin trip we have all the information to make your experience an unforgettable one!