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Crisis Sports Team

Welcome to the Crisis Sports Team! By signing up to the Crisis Square Mile Run Series 2012 you have become part of the Crisis Sports Team. This is a community of fundraisers who use sporting events to raise money for Crisis. In 2012 thousands of people will take part in a sporting event in aid of Crisis. Where will your next challenge take you?

CRISIS SPORTS TEAM CALENDAR 22 April 2012 The Virgin London Marathon 13 -14 June 2012 Crisis Square Mile Run Series 22-23 September 2012 The Virgin Active London Triathlon 16 September 2012 Bupa Great North Run 7 October 2012 The Royal Parks Half Marathon Throughout the year: overseas challenges and the Gold Challenge. Remember, if you have an idea of an event that you want to organise or take part in we would love to welcome you to the team. Call 020 7036 2852 or email events@crisis.org.uk

The Crisis Sports Team is sponsored by Rabobank


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Contents

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Welcome

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Before the race Fundraising Competitions and prizes Getting ready for race day

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Race day Relay information Run information Useful information

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About Crisis What we do How we do it Campaigning for Crisis


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Run Solo. Run Relay. Race to end homelessness Thank you for deciding to join us in Paternoster Square for the 20th annual Crisis Square Mile Run. Since its beginnings in 1992 the event has raised well over ÂŁ2 million for Crisis. This money has helped us continue to provide essential services to homeless people across the UK. This year we are asking that as many of you as possible come together and aim to raise ÂŁ200 each for Crisis, either by racing as a team in the Crisis Square Mile Relay or running alongside your friends and colleagues in the Crisis Square Mile Run. However you do it, the money you raise will directly improve the lives of homeless people throughout the UK. Together, we can come one step closer to ending homelessness for good.

As you cross the finish line I hope you remember the difference your participation will make to the thousands of people who use our services. We are expecting over 2,000 people to take part across both events this year. I hope each and every one of you enjoys the run. Leslie Morphy OBE Chief Executive, Crisis


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Fundraising Homelessness - the facts

Case study: Luke

After a run of bad luck which led to losing his home, Luke was forced to sleep rough for months. He came to Crisis at Christmas and was offered food, shelter, support and advice. When he gets himself back on his feet he plans to volunteer for Crisis to help people like himself. Turn to page 20 to read Luke’s story

Our services are more important than ever. After years of declining trends, 2010 marked the turning point when all forms of homelessness began to rise. It is likely that homelessness will increase yet further, as the delayed effects of the economic downturn, cuts to housing benefit and other reforms all start to bite. Homelessness is an isolating and destructive experience and homeless

• Homelessness agencies report that 3975 people slept rough last year in London alone – an 8% increase from 3673 in 2010 • In 2010/11, 102,200 people approached their council as homeless, an increase of 15% on the previous year • Nearly half of homelessness services and councils have seen an increase in young people seeking help because they are homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless • 77% of homeless people would like to work now and most have worked at some point in the past • 20% of women become homeless to escape violence from someone they knew yet less than a third of woman were accepted for housing by local authorities • The average age of death of a homeless person is 47 years old and even lower for homeless women at just 43, compared to 77 for the general population people are some of the most vulnerable and socially excluded in our society. You can do your bit by raising money through your participation in the Crisis Square Mile Run.


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Fundraising target

We want to raise £160,000 from the 2012 Crisis Square Mile Run and Crisis Square Mile Relay and we will need every single one of you to help us achieve this. Your registration fee only covers your participation in the race, we need you to fundraise to help us reach this target. We are suggesting you raise £200 in sponsorship; that could mean asking just 20 of your friend’s to sponsor you £10 each and you’ve already got there…easy! There’s plenty more ideas on the next page…

Raise £200 and change someone’s life forever If every person who took part in the runs raised £200 we could give Changing Lives Awards to 250 people, giving them the chance to study or train for a new job or providing them with the skills and tools to become self employed. What better way to celebrate this iconic event’s 20th year!

Your £200 could...

• Fund Crisis Employment Services to help two homeless people develop a career plan, write a CV and brush up on interview skills to help them get their dream job • Keep 40 homeless people healthy by covering the costs of their prescriptions at the Crisis at Christmas medical centre • Pay for eight hours of tuition for an entire class using our Crisis Skylight centre • Pay for two homeless people to sit their Maths and English GCSEs • Pay for catering equipment, including chef’s hat, trousers, apron and knives so that someone can pursue a career in the catering industry • Help us to run one class teaching up to 20 people either literacy or numeracy skills with a view to gaining an accredited qualification • Pay for Christmas dinner for 133 guests at one of our Crisis at Christmas centres.


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Bank It! Competitions and prizes To make your fundraising as easy and rewarding as possible, as well as celebrating the event’s 20th anniversary, we are introducing some competitions to help you raise your £200 target. If you individually raise over £200 you will automatically be entered into a weekly prize draw during April to win some fantastic prizes. We will be announcing these at www.crisis. org.uk/smr and on our Facebook page so keep your eyes peeled. We’ve enlisted some famous faces to give you fundraising ideas – watch out for them in April.

Compete online

Go to www.squaremile.crisis.org.uk to track your fundraising progress against all the other runners. You’ll have your own fundraising profile that you can share with friends, family and colleagues who will be able to sponsor you directly. You will also be able to connect to Facebook and Twitter making it easier to get your message out there. The top fundraisers will win some exciting prizes.

Gold medal fundraising Tanya and her husband Philip have been champion fundraisers over the past few years winning the top prizes twice! Philip asked for donations for his 50th birthday instead of presents. It paid off... He won a stay at a top London hotel with his wife. Philip has volunteered at Crisis at Christmas over the last few years too. Tanya won the top fundraising prize in 2011. She made the most out of social media, posting regular updates through her pages. Tanya raised £1,348.89 and won a two night stay in Valencia, a meal for two, tourist cards, tickets to Bioparc Zoo and a £200 Pret a Manger voucher!


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The ten easy steps to fundraising success Fundraising needn’t be stressful. Be creative with your fundraising and most of all, have some fun with it. 1)

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If you registered online you will have been prompted to set up an online fundraising page. Remember to set your individual target on your page as £200 and personalise the page with your photo and some text explaining why you are supporting Crisis. If you are part of a team set up a team fundraising page. You can do all of this at www.virginmoneygiving.com If you prefer doing things the more traditional way, we have enclosed a sponsorship form for you to use. Don’t forget: put your most generous sponsor at the top to encourage others to match it! You can also add any offline donations onto your Virgin Money Giving account. Get the most out of social media – share your fundraising page on Facebook, send out updates and reminders by Twitter or chart your training and donations to date by writing a blog and don’t forget to share your profile on www.squaremile.crisis.org.uk Organise a Sweepstake. Encourage people to predict your finishing time and ask for a suggested donation of £2 a guess.

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Ask your company or place of work to match your total sponsorship. Ask your Human Resources, CSR or charities’ representative for more information.

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Have a car boot sale – sort out old clothes or unwanted gifts, then ask for donations or sell them on ebay or at a car boot sale. If you tell people where the money will be going, they may even chip in a bit more for the things you’re selling.

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Organise a local pub quiz, music event or comedy night and have some fun while you’re fundraising. You could even ask the venue to donate the prize.

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Arrange some master classes – share your skills with friends, family or colleagues and charge a fee for doing it.

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Ask for birthday donations - If you’ve got a birthday coming up, why not ask your friends and family to donate to your fundraising page instead of buying you a present – money they’d be spending anyway.

10) Do the run in fancy dress. Letting your sponsors know that you intend to do the run in a fabulous outfit should be worth an extra few quid.


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Getting Ready for Race Day Not only will taking part in the Crisis Square Mile Run help homeless people across the country, it will help you get fit too!

Training The Crisis Square Mile Run is just over 6km long (about 3.75 miles), an easily achievable distance for any ability or fitness level. The Crisis Square Mile Relay will consist of four laps of a 3km course (or just under two miles per lap for each runner). Here are some tips to make sure you achieve what you want to on race day. 1) If you are new to running or haven’t exercised in a while make sure you take a few weeks to get to the level of fitness you will need to complete the run. Start slowly and set yourself achievable targets each week. 2) It’s important to rest in between training runs, make sure you don’t push yourself too hard. 3) Feed your body correctly with a diet rich in carbohydrates.

4) Stay hydrated, drink plenty of water and try to avoid alcohol the day before the run. 5) Run at your own pace, you should be able to comfortably hold a conversation while running. 6) Try and run the full distance one or two times before the run. 7) At the Crisis Square Mile Run, make sure you warm up and down to avoid injury. Make sure to join the aerobic warm up with Fitness First before the run to get those muscles started. 8) When taking part in the relay, decide in advance in which order your team will run. This will help you stay loose and relaxed at the start of the race. Please note: these tips are only suggestions and are provided for guidance only. If you have any doubts regarding your participation in the event we recommend seeking medical advice from your doctor.


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“It’s great to see so many of you taking part in the 20th Anniversary Crisis Square Mile Run and Relay. Thank you for supporting such a great cause in the race to end homelessness. Make sure you don’t throw in the towel and you reach that finish line by following my simple guide to Getting Ready for Race Day. You too can be a champion!” Audley Harrison


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The route Crisis Square Mile Relay Wednesday 13 June 2012

Route Commentary Starting near the Tate Modern you will run around to the rear of the gallery into Holland Street and via Sumner Street onto Southwark Bridge Road. After crossing the bridge turn left on the pavement at Upper Thames Street, until reaching the Blackwall Underpass where you will turn left into Broken Wharf and right on Paul’s Walk going under Millennium Bridge. After passing under Blackfriars Bridge take a U-turn to take you up onto Blackfriars Bridge west side and continue across the bridge to Upper Ground. Turn right into Upper Ground then soon after right into Marigold Alley and right again on Queens Walk, passing under Blackfriars Bridge. Continue on to Bankside and the finish in front of the Tate Modern. One lap is just under two miles in length.

Check in Registration will take place in front of the Tate Modern. Please don’t forget to bring your registration confirmation which contains a barcode. You will receive this by post with your chip timing. If you have lost this you can reprint it at www.crisis.org.uk/ smr. Please do not bring a digital version of this on your phone or computer as we will not be able to read the barcode, you must print this out so the barcode is clear.

Please check in as soon as you arrive at the Tate Modern. Check in will be from lunchtime so come down early if you can to avoid the queues. You will also receive an exclusive Crisis Square Mile Run t-shirt to race in. Please leave extra time for checking in your baggage in our storage facility, which will be open from 5pm.

Assembling for start of race You will be able to collect your team’s race pack from the registration tent at the Tate Modern from lunchtime. If one of you are collecting on behalf of your team please make sure you know what t-shirt sizes your runners will want. When you register you will receive your team’s race numbers, and some safety pins. You will need to affix your team’s race numbers to your t-shirts and your timing chips as instructed. Please affix them in order of which you wish to run the race (from A to D). A baggage tent will be open in front of the Tate Modern from 5pm. If your office is close by we suggest leaving your belongings there if you can as this will ease congestion. Please make sure that your entire team is assembled at the start area by no later than 6.30pm. The start area will be in front of the Tate Modern. There will be a briefing to all teams at 6.45pm which will explain the relay procedures and rules.


Mansion House Cannon Street Blackfriars

Millennium Bridge

Blackfriars Bridge Start/ Finish

Southwark Bridge

Tate Modern

The first ‘leg’ runners with ‘A’ on their race number will be called to the start all together. For subsequent ‘legs’, teams will then be called out in number order to start - stewards will call you by team number and guide your next runner to the start area, ready for you to touch hands with the incoming runner. Once hands are touched the next runner goes. This will continue until all four runners have completed a lap. The winners of the Crisis Square Mile Relay will be the team with the winning time. Times will be available on a screen at the finish and we will also post all the results on our website. Please remember that the race does not take place on closed roads so be aware of cyclists and pedestrians

The Globe Theatre

After the race After finishing the race head back to the baggage tent and collect your belongings. Meet up with friends, fellow runners and colleagues and bask in post race glory in one of the many cafes, bars and restaurants across the river in Paternoster Square.

What’s happening and when 12.00 - 6.45 pm 5 pm 6.30 pm 6.45pm 7 pm 8.30 pm 8.45 pm

Check in at Tate Modern Baggage Tent opens Teams to assemble in front of Tate Modern Briefing to teams Crisis Square Mile Relay Starts! Last team to finish Prize Giving


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The route Crisis Square Mile Run Thursday 14 June 2012

Check In

Please don’t forget to bring your registration confirmation which contains a barcode. If you have lost this you can reprint it at www.crisis.org.uk/smr. Please do not bring a digital version of this on your phone or computer as we will not be able to read the barcode, you must print this out so the barcode is clear. Please check in as soon as you arrive at Paternoster Square. Check in will be from lunchtime so come down early if you can to avoid the queues. You will also receive an exclusive Square Mile Run t-shirt to race in. Please leave extra time for checking in your baggage in our storage facility, which will be open from 5pm.

Route Commentary The 2012 Crisis Square Mile Run will take in some fantastic London sights. After starting at Paternoster Square you will run along the Thames, crossing the river at Blackfriars Bridge and passing the Millennium Wheel, the South Bank Centre and the Oxo Tower. As you cross the river again you run back down the river to Southwark Bridge, where you cross and pass the Tate Modern, finishing just after crossing the Millennium Bridge. The total distance is just over 3.7 miles.

Staggered Start In order to minimise any congestion a staggered start will be implemented. You will be asked to arrange yourself at the start line into three clearly marked areas that correspond to your predicted running speeds. 1) Fast Runners - 8 min mile or faster 2) Medium Paced Runners – 8-10 minute mile 3) Joggers and Walkers – 10 minute+ per mile This means serious runners will set off promptly at 7pm, with the medium runners and joggers and walkers being set off at 6 to 10 minute intervals thereafter.


Start

St. Pauls

Paternoster Square

Mansion House Temple

Charing Cross Waterloo Bridge

OXO Tower

Blackfriars

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Finish

Blackfriars Bridge

Millennium Bridge Southwark Bridge

Embankment

Tate Modern

The National Theatre

The Globe Theatre

Royal Festival Hall

Waterloo

Alternative Route Unfortunately, sometimes unforeseen circumstances can disrupt the route of the run. We will do our best to avoid this but if we need to make a change to the route we will inform all runners via email (if practical) beforehand and will let everyone know via the public address system on the day. Please remember that the race does not take place on closed roads so be aware of cyclists and pedestrians

What’s happening and when 12.00 - 6.45 pm 5 pm 6.30 pm 6.45pm 7 pm 8.30 pm 8.45 pm

Check in at Paternoster Square Baggage Tent opens Teams to assemble in front of Tate Modern Briefing to teams Crisis Square Mile Relay Starts! Last team to finish Prize Giving


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Useful information Where can I leave my bag? If your office is close by and you can leave your baggage there we suggest you do so to save yourself time upon leaving. There will be a baggage marquee just outside Paternoster Square. For security reasons you will not be able to leave any baggage in the marquee unless it is clearly marked with your name and runner number, on a luggage tag that will be sent to you before the race.. We will have spare tags on the day but if you have lost your tag please arrive early. Can friends just come along and run on the day? If the event isn’t full there will be a small number of places for late entrants, however these will go very quickly, so to avoid disappointment please get your friends to enter before the day if possible. Entrants on the day should make their way to the separate ‘New Entry’ where registration will cost £25. It will not be possible for teams to turn up and pay to take part in the Crisis Square Mile Relay. What shall I wear? Wear your Crisis Square Mile Run t-shirt which you will receive on race day. Alternatively, stand out in the crowd and come in fancy dress!

I am taking part in the Crisis Square Mile Relay, can I check in on behalf of my team? Yes, as long as you have your individual barcode registration confirmation. Please print this out and bring it with the t-shirt sizes of your team mates. Will refreshment be provided? Water is provided before and after the run, and everyone taking part will be offered a banana at the finish. Food and drink is also available for purchase at the many outlets in Paternoster Square. What happens if I injure myself? First Aiders will be on hand to help throughout the run and in Paternoster Square. Should you need assistance alert the nearest marshal or come to the event information desk near the start line. Will the run still take place if it rains? Most certainly! If it does rain please come prepared in suitable clothing. If weather conditions are such that it is deemed unsafe to hold the event we reserve the right to cancel. Directions to the Run Paternoster Square is in the heart of the City of London in the shadow of St Paul’s Cathedral.


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St. Pauls Paternoster Square

Mansion House Temple

Charing Cross Waterloo Bridge

OXO Tower

Cannon Street

Blackfriars

Blackfriars Bridge

Millennium Bridge Southwark Bridge

Embankment The National Theatre

Tate Modern The Globe Theatre

Royal Festival Hall

Waterloo

Underground and Rail links The closest tube station is St Paul’s on the Central Line. Take exit 2 out of the station and turn immediately left towards St Paul’s then turn right into Paternoster Square. Mansion House and Cannon Street are just a short walk away. Head for St Paul’s Cathedral with Paternoster Square being just north of St Paul’s. Please remember Blackfriars Station is closed. Parking Please remember that the area will be subject to the London congestion charge until 6pm and parking will be very limited. The nearest NCP car parks are in London Hillgate House, Seacoal Lane/Limeburger Lane, EC4M 7HY and London Aldersgate, 158-170 Aldersgate Street, EC1A 4HR.

We recommend avoiding travelling by car if at all possible Returning Sponsorship Please do not bring any sponsorship on the day of the run as we won’t be able to store it securely. However, you can download a money return form that you can use to send us your sponsorship. (Please make sure you use the money return form). For more ideas, spare sponsorship forms and advice on fundraising call the hotline on 020 7036 2852 or email: smr@crisis.org.uk


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What we do Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. We are dedicated to ending homelessness by delivering lifechanging services and campaigning for change. Our innovative education, employment, housing and well-being services address individual needs and help homeless people to transform their lives. We measure our success and can demonstrate tangible results and value for money. We are determined campaigners, working to prevent people from becoming homeless and advocating solutions informed by research and our direct experience. We know we won’t end homelessness overnight or on our own. But we take a lead, collaborate with others and together make change happen.


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How we do it Crisis Skylight, our award winning and accredited education, training and employment centres for homeless and vulnerably housed people. Crisis Employment Services, our dedicated employment team, helping homeless people to prepare for, find and keep jobs. Crisis Skylight CafĂŠ, our inspirational social enterprise and art space that provides on the job training and experience for homeless people and ex-offenders Crisis Changing Lives, our highly successful national grants scheme which helps homeless people achieve their education and career goals. Crisis Mental Health Services improves mental well-being through a personcentred approach offering advice, counselling, health promotion and signposting to appropriate services. Crisis at Christmas temporary centres providing companionship and vital services to 2000 homeless and vulnerably housed people at Christmas. Crisis Policy, Research and Campaigns influences national and local Government through research, using insights drawn from our services, and campaigning for change.


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Campaigning for Crisis “I never thought I would be like this. It never crossed my mind that I would be in this position where I had to sleep on the street. I don’t want handouts. I just want help to get back on my feet.” Luke’s story Luke was a self-employed electrician who never thought he could become homeless. Work had dried up and the resulting pressures of unemployment and the end of his marriage meant that he suffered a nervous breakdown and had to leave the family home. When he turned to his council in desperate need of help, he was told that they couldn’t do anything for him. He has spent months sleeping rough by the river in South London.

Why we campaign Unfortunately Luke’s case is not unique. Homelessness is rising and as the delayed effects of the economic downturn, cuts to housing benefit and other reforms all start to bite, it will only get worse. We are determined campaigners, working to prevent people from becoming homeless and advocating solutions informed by research and our direct experience. We know that it makes a difference. In the last year we have highlighted the harsh realities of single homelessness, campaigned for changes to protect thousands of people from losing their homes and secured new funding to help prevent homelessness. And we couldn’t have done this without the support of our Crisis campaigners.


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What’s a Crisis campaigner? Anyone who has written to their MP, signed a petition or contacted their local newspaper on behalf of single homeless people. It doesn’t sound like much but the impact is huge. We campaign to make sure that cases like Luke’s aren’t repeated. That there is enough support in place so that nobody is forced to sleep rough. Campaign with us to end homelessness. We know we won’t do this overnight, but with your support we can make a big difference. Main image: More than 2,000 runners at the 2011 Square Mile Run lay down in London’s Paternoster Square to highlight the problem of rough sleeping on the streets of the capital. Image: Jeff Hubbard

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The Crisis Square Mile Run is sponsored by:

With thanks to Crisis, 66 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT 0300 636 1967 www.crisis.org.uk Registered Charity Numbers: E&W1082947, SC040094.


Crisis Square Mile Run 2012