Where's Wally? participant stories

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There are lots of reasons people take part in the Where's Wally? fun run - to keep fit, for a fun challenge with friends and family, or to support the literacy skill of disadvantaged children.

Whatever your reason for taking part, we'd love to hear it! Please email us with your story and we'll feature you here in our participant hall of fame!

Inspired to take part? Register here!


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Rohan is taking part "for kids who need books"

Rohan is taking part in the 1km route and has already raised £380 to support children who don't own a single book of their own.

Rohan says "thank you so much for all my donations so far, I am so so happy! Mummy has put up the target so that we can raise more money for the kids who need books and the joy of reading in their lives!"

Visit Rohan's fundraising page
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The Robinson Wallys

"We are so excited to be taking part in this great fun and rather silly fun run! James and Georgie are running the 1km, Ian and Grace are doing 5km and Paddy is taking on the 10km!  Every penny will help change children's life stories, plus the wonderful Alliance Bernstein are going to match fund all donations (up to £3000)" 

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Mr Still and Mr Claessen's Wally run

"Justin and I love reading and spend our careers enthusing about it and engaging others to do so. We are taking part in the Where's Wally? fun run this year because we want as many children in the UK to have access to the books that will start them on a lifelong literature journey."

John Still and Justin Claessen, Thinking Schools Academy Trust

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Lucy and Katie's birthday run

"My friend Katie and I love running, and we love running together. Our birthdays are a week apart, and this year instead of buying each other gifts, we decided to book a race together. We both studied English together at university, are massive bookworms, and Katie is now a primary school teacher, so a race raising money for the National Literacy Trust seemed like the perfect choice! Plus... dressing up! Need I say more!" Lucy Williams

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Julia, Rosie, Sam and Jack's big run!

“I am so excited to be running my first 10k at Where’s Wally? this year whilst also raising money for a vital cause! I want to challenge myself to run further than I ever have before (and have recruited half my family to join me!), not only to increase my strength and fitness, but also to help young people have access to books and programmes to help them fall in love with reading.” Julia Paynton

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