Running for Charity

Run for charity - make a difference and help others

This year we are offering a limited number of charity places in both our races. We have partnered with five leading charities; Bowel Cancer UK, Sands, the Stroke Association, the Afghan Sports Trust and Petals Charity.

How much does a charity place cost?

Nothing - if you meet the minimum fundraising target of our selected charity partners.*

We are offering a limited number of charity places in both our races as below:

Ring O' Fire (135 miles / 3 day challenge) £100 refundable registration fee - returned in full to your bank account if you attempt/complete the race and raise at least £500 for our charity partner
Firelighter (35 miles / single stage race) refundable £50 registration fee - returned in full to your bank account if you attempt/complete the race and raise at least £250 for our charity partner

*Upon completion of the challenge the charity pays your entry fee from the funds you have raised.

Unlike many other events we don't charge the charity upfront and we discount the race fee to help support the charity and your fundraising efforts. This means the charity will never be out of pocket if you don't raise the money or walk away without completing the challenge.

Because of this we apply an initial registration fee to sign up to the challenge - this is fully refundable if you attempt the event and meet the minimum fundraising target. In the event that you decide not to run or fail to raise the funds, the registration fee is not returned to you.

Note our charity places are not transferrable to other runners or future races. If you decide not to race or fail to raise the money for any reason you will lose the registration fee.

When do I need to meet the fundraising target by?

When you sign-up you are committing to fundraise with a minimum pledge for your chosen charity. You need to raise at least 80% of your fundraising target by 1 July.

What happens after I sign-up?

Once you have signed up our charity partner will arrange to send you a fundraising pack. This will give you advice and support on how to go about your fundraising plans. You may wish to set up a fundraising page with Just Giving.

Our Charity Partners

You can find more information about our charity partners below. We would also encourage you to visit their websites to read more about their great work.

We are interested in supporting other charities, especially those undertaking charitable activities on the Isle of Anglesey. Please contact us if you are a registered charity and would like discuss fundraising opportunities with us.

Bowel Cancer UK

The Stroke Assocation

Bowel cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer killer, with about 16,000 people dying every year. It affects younger people as well as old - and both men and women. It is however very treatable - especially if diagnosed early. Bowel Cancer UK is determined to raise awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer and campaign to improve diagnosis, treatment and care. We are supporting this very important cause to help save lives across the UK.

A message from Bowel Cancer UK:
"In the maximum time it takes to complete the Ring O' Fire race, 89 people will have died from bowel cancer in the UK. Bowel cancer is the country's second biggest cancer killer, but it shouldn't be. Bowel cancer is very treatable especially if diagnosed at an early stage.

We are determined to save lives from bowel cancer but we can't do this without you. Join our team in either one of the Ring O' Fire or Firelighter events to support vital research and lifesaving work to stop bowel cancer. We want to stop people dying needlessly from bowel cancer and with your support we can."

The Stroke Association

The Stroke Assocation

The Stroke Association is the UK's leading stroke charity. A stroke is a brain attack which happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off, caused by a clot or bleeding in the brain. Every year there are about 152,000 strokes in the UK, which means that stroke effects someone every 3 minutes and 27 seconds.

Thanks to improvements to stroke care you are twice as likely to survive a stroke as 20 years ago, however stroke remains the UK's fourth biggest killer and one of the leading causes of severe adult disability.

In Wales there are over 65,100 people living with the effects of stroke and an additional 7,000 people have a stroke each year.

A message from the Stroke Association:
At the Stroke Association we believe that strokes can and should be prevented. We believe that everyone has the right to make the best recovery they can from stroke. We believe in the power of research to save lives and ensure people make the best recovery they can. Ultimately, we believe that together we can change the world for people affected by stroke. With your support, together we can conquer stroke.

We are so proud of all the fundraisers that support the Stroke Association and our work here in Wales and if you are looking for more reasons to join the Stroke Association team please watch below the story of Nick Cann, stroke survivor and fundraiser of the year 2016:


Sands - Stillbirth and neonatal death charity

Sands exists to support bereaved families, improve bereavement support services available when a baby dies and to help save babies' lives by funding essential research. So often those affected by loss see Sands as their way through such a truly terrible time. By supporting Sands and raising funds for us, you will be part of #TeamSands and together we will make a difference.

Petals Charity

Petals Charity

Petals is the Baby Loss Counselling Charity. We provide free-of-charge specialist counselling to support the mental health of women, men and couples who experience pregnancy or baby loss. Our counsellors provide a safe space to guide parents through the grief and trauma of their experience to a place of hope for the future.

Specialist psychological care related to pregnancy and baby loss is not available on the NHS even though stillbirth and neonatal death affects 12,400 parents each year and miscarriage is said to occur in 25% of all pregnancies. This year marks ten years since Petals began its incredible work and during that time, thousands of bereaved parents have been supported by our amazing counsellors.

It is our aim that every parent in the UK has easy and timely access to specialist counseling following pregnancy or baby loss. Your support means so much to us and enables us to be there for parents when they need us the most.

A message from a Petals beneficiary:
I don’t know how I could have survived this year without Petals, their help has been invaluable, and I now feel like I can begin to pick up the pieces of my life again.

Afghan Sports Trust

Afghan Sports Trust

The Afghan Sports Trust is a newly-established charity which raises money to help fund grassroots sporting organisations in Afghanistan.

We've seen first-hand the role that sport can play in bringing people together and building confidence and trust in a country where those things can be in short supply. Individually and together, our trustees* have a history of involvement with a number of amateur sports events and organisations in Afghanistan, and in 2020 we've turned that into a charity. By raising funds to help people in communities across Afghanistan, we believe we can continue to make a big difference to lives and opportunities in that very special country.

"Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, it has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope, where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down barriers. It laughs in the face of all types of discrimination." Nelson Mandela
Resources for sports clubs and events can be hard to obtain, and access to them isn’t always possible in an equal way. We aim to focus particularly on young people, and initiatives which are committed to providing opportunities regardless of gender, religion, ethnicity or language.

As a newly formed charity we need to build up a funding base before we are able to provide support, but we anticipate grants being decided on a quarterly basis from 2021. We would of course love your help in building that funding base.

*Ring O’ Fire Race Director, James Bingham (Bing) established the Afghan Sports Trust in 2020. Before this he helped set up the Marathon of Afghanistan and was Race Director from 2015 to 2019.

What do people say about us?

"Dearest Ring O' Fire bods, thank you so much for an epic weekend! That was total nails, and I feel like I've earned every single last one of those 5 UTMB points. Could I just ask the marshalls who were in the half-way checkpoint, if they have my grey Arc'teryx running top? A bloke was running with me for awhile with no waterproof kit (I know. Lol) so I gave it him to wear. He then dnf'd at that half-way checkpoint. I was told by another runner he had handed it in. It's my favourite running top!! Please, please, please... just let me know if it's amongst the gear and I'll happily pay for the postage for its return. I have a photo if that helps (I just cant seen to upload it to this page). Thank you, Lucie"
Past Ring O' Fire finisher