WHAT IS BRICKRUNNERS
BrickRunners is the beginning of a charitable virtual running club and an online community created from people who just want to do good, raise awareness and celebrate their achievements. You don’t have to be a runner to be part of Brick Runners, the community is made up of athletes, supporters and friends from all walks of life and all across the world.
HOW DO I BECOME A BRICKRUNNER
It’s really simple, once you’ve had a BrickRunner illustration done, that’s it. You’re part of the community. There’s no yearly fees, no subscriptions and no hidden catch. You can either donate to one of BrickRunners chosen charities or purchase any product that includes a bespoke illustration like our commemorative prints and t-shirts. Every BrickRunners project sold sees 10% going to charity.
HOW DID BRICKRUNNERS START
In 2018 my friend and fellow Spinal Research ambassador, Eric Keeler, ran across the US; from Lubec, Maine to Santa Monica, California; taking with him a small lego version of himself. Over 8 months I started illustrating Lego Eric’s journey and he slowly evolved from hand drawn cartoons to a digital mascot, soon to be joined by myself and Robin Plowman. Skip to May 2019 and I was looking for a way to meet my fundraising target for Berlin Marathon so as a way of saying thanks to supporters I started illustrating everyone as their very own BrickRunner. It wasn’t long before a few people turned into a sponsorship from the National Running Show and a growing community of BrickRunners. Now in October 2019, there are over 200 BrickRunners with some donating again just to get a new outfit, their latest race vest or crazy costumes for charity marathons!
WHY SPINAL RESEARCH
In 2009 I fell down a flight of stairs and fractured my T6/7/8 vertebrae. I spent six months walking with crutches and a cane and going to physical therapy. In 2016 I decided I needed something to work towards when my brother challenged me to run a marathon. 24 hours later I had signed up to run London Marathon 2017 for Spinal Research. I started running for Spinal Research, because I’m lucky enough to still be walking. Some people aren’t as lucky as me, and three people every day are told they’ll never walk again. With 50,000 people paralysed due to spinal cord injury and an estimated 2.5 million worldwide, this only highlights why the work Spinal Research do is so important, especially as they receive no Government funding.
WHAT NEXT FOR BRICKRUNNERS
BrickRunners occasionally changes its fundraising goals. Whether that’s to fund a different charity or to meet a fundraising target for a race. Whatever we do, we want to make sure that everything we do has a positive impact on the world around us, through our actions and through our community. We want to work towards supporting small charities, charities like Spinal Research that don’t get the same funding as larger charities or who aren’t as visible and recognised as others.
In January 2020, BrickRunners will be at the National Running Show bringing more people into our community and creating even more BrickRunners for people to share and enjoy. In the meantime you can see some of the prints that are available here and you can donate either on here or through JustGiving.