The charity making life better by water

Fun runner

Birmingham running festival

Join us for a unique opportunity to run a 5k, 10k or half marathon around the beautiful Sutton Park nature reserve in Birmingham. Included in your entry fee is a medal, water and post race goodies.

Date: 18 February or 12 May 2024
Location: Park Road, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6BT
Distance: 5k, 10k or half marathon
Entry fee: £24-30 depending on distance
Fundraising pledge: £150
Minimum age: You have to be over the age of 18 to take part in these events.

Closing dates for applications are: 8 February and 2 May 2024.

Birmingham running festival 10k

How we'll support you

We'll support you every step of the way with:

  • our fundraising pack full of ideas, inspiration and resources to help you smash your fundraising goal
  • a free technical running vest when you reach £100 of your fundraising target
  • support via emails to make sure you're in the know with everything to help make your event and fundraising journey a success

Your impact

By fundraising for us you're helping nature to flourish and preserving the heritage of our canals in the face of climate change.

From helping us fight plastic pollution to protecting the future of our historic 2,000-mile-long network, the money you raise will do so much for our canals and rivers, for the communities who enjoy them, and for the wildlife that depends on them.

Together, we can make life better by water.

A large black steel structure straddles the canal, for lifting boats from one level to another

£500 protects our heritage

Your fundraising could help buy 30 tins of specialist paint to maintain and protect our industrial heritage of 1,580 locks, many of which are over 200 years old, and ensure their long-term survival for future generations to enjoy.

King Fisher mural

£1,000 connects communities

The money you raise could help fund a community canal art project, enabling people to bring their local canal to life with images and designs that reflect what's important to them.


£3,000 restores wildlife

Your fundraising could help create 100m of canalside water vole habitats to provide much needed shelter for this fascinating waterway mammal, whose population has fallen by 95% since the 1970s.

Get in touch

If you have a question or would like to chat about joining us for this event, just get in touch – we'll be happy to help! Email us at [email protected].

Fundraising Regulator

Last Edited: 03 November 2023

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