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RBC Race for the Kids 10th anniversary!

RBC Race for the Kids

Happy 10th anniversary
RBC Race for the Kids!

We’ve had a great 10 years

2019 will mark the 10th anniversary of RBC Race for the Kids and what an incredible decade it’s been!

Supporters have made their way around the 5k course year on year – all with the joint goal of helping seriously ill children at GOSH.

Here’s a look back at the journey so far, through the eyes of those who’ve taken part before.

"I remember going to the first RBC Race for the Kids. Since then, I’ve watched the event evolve – welcoming more and more participants year on year. What has stayed the same, though, is its incredible atmosphere. No matter what, everyone attending RBC Race for the Kids is there to have fun, celebrate and raise money for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

"With its live entertainment and wide range of brilliant activities, RBC Race for the Kids is both a 5k fun run and a family festival – whatever the weather throws at us! The last 10 years have been incredible, and I for one can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future.

"Happy 10th anniversary, RBC Race for the Kids!”

Vernon at RBC Race for the Kids in 2011.

Vernon at RBC Race for the Kids in 2011.

Vernon at RBC Race for the Kids in 2018.

Vernon at RBC Race for the Kids in 2018.

Emma and her family training for race day in Hyde Park.

Emma and her family training for race day in Hyde Park.

Emma with her family and friends at RBC Race for the Kids 2017.

Emma with her family and friends at RBC Race for the Kids 2017.

“My first RBC Race for the Kids was in 2010, in Battersea Park. It was just after my transplant, so all my extended family took part as well. I was 10 at the time. I remember being shocked that there were so many people there – it took me a minute to take it all in. 

“I’ve been to almost every one since and it’s definitely grown over the years. I remember the last year it was hosted at Battersea it almost felt like we were bursting out and that’s why it needed to move. Over the years, it’s also become more like an event and a day out. 

“RBC Race for the Kids is an opportunity for everyone who cares about the hospital to come together. It’s such a big thing: to see how many people the hospital has supported and how many people are supporting the hospital – it makes you realise how much of an important place the hospital is for everyone. I think you know it’s an important place to you, but then it’s realising ‘wow – it is to all these other people as well’.” 

“Ahead of the first RBC Race for the Kids, there was quite a lot of hype around the hospital. A patient family were running, and they were very keen that I should go as well.   

“The day itself was very well organised and there was quite a large crowd cheering everybody on. It was a beautiful setting in Battersea Park. What was most inspiring was the full spectrum of people that were taking part – it felt very inclusive. There were lots of family members together, young and old, and there was a brilliant atmosphere.

“My children, who were quite young at the time, watched me take part. I challenged them to take part, and the next year all three of us did the run. The older one, who was 13, beat me.  

“I had hoped that RBC Race for the Kids would become a feature of the calendar year for GOSH Charity, and indeed it has. I think getting everyone together as a celebration is always a good idea – especially when you have been through a lot, as many of these families and children have.  "

Dr Colin Wallis and his sons at RBC Race for the Kids in 2010.

Dr Colin Wallis and his sons at RBC Race for the Kids in 2010.

Maluchi at RBC Race for the Kids 2018.

Maluchi at RBC Race for the Kids 2018.

“Maluchi, her older sister Malaika and I first ran RBC Race for the Kids in 2017. We wanted to show our support and gratitude to GOSH for the pioneering work they do for sick children. 

“The event itself is such a fun day out, as well as a great work out for all. Over the years, the numbers seem to have grown and it seems to have become much more of a fixture on the race calendar for people of all ages and abilities.   

"It's also a chance to run in an iconic park, and Maluchi particularly loves the bouncy castles and other fun activities after the race.” 

Joining us this year…

The 10th anniversary of RBC Race for the Kids isn’t just about celebrating the past, but also welcoming some brand new faces!

Thinking of signing up this year?
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“It’s our first time doing any fundraising and obviously we’ve chosen Great Ormond Street Hospital because we owe them everything – but I really like this because Willow can get involved and I know that she’s just going to be so amazed with all of the people that she knows taking part with us. She’s going to be so excited!”

“It will be really emotional, I know it will be, because as parents you don’t often get time to stop and think, let alone have a day that is dedicated to the journey that Willow has been on, the journey we’ve been on as parents, and as a family.“

“It’s going to be very emotional, but really exciting to have a whole day dedicated to Willow and the journey that she’s been on.”

“We want to run RBC Race for the Kids for Tulsi. We, as a family, are going to do it for her – as she cannot walk yet, we will be her legs. 

“Everyone at GOSH has been fantastic, absolutely fantastic. I cannot fault them one bit – they’ve helped us endlessly. Nearly two years on, we still go regularly for checkups, scans and physio, and they continue to treat us the same way they treated us when we were there for an emergency. It’s just an outstanding hospital.” 

Jenny and her daughter Willow.

Jenny and her daughter Willow.

Jenny and her daughter Willow.

Jenny and her daughter Willow.

Laxmi and her daughter Tulsi.

Laxmi and her daughter Tulsi.

Laxmi and her family.

Laxmi and her family.

A special thanks to RBC!

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has been the headline sponsor of RBC Race for Kids since 2010. They are an integral part of the team, involved with the planning and marketing, helping us drive environmentally friendly initiatives, and bringing over 2,000 employees, friends and family members along on the day!

Sign up today!

Walk, jog, scoot or wheel 5k and enjoy a day full of entertainment. Sign up to RBC Race for the Kids and help us raise £1 million for seriously ill children at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Remember, kids go free!
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