Where: Battersea Park, London
£: From £39 to register a place. Free to watch.
What is it?
The Sumo Run, is an annual 5km charity fun run around Battersea Park in London. This year’s run is taking place on Sunday 27th July and will see hundreds of runners attempting to run, jog, walk and wobble around the course in giant inflatable Sumo suits!
The event previously set a Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people running in Sumo Suits and is one of London’s most unique running events. Entrants should expect to look silly and laugh a lot, and in doing so, raise money for Link Community Development International. Even if you don’t feel daft enough to take part, you can still go along and cheer the sporting competitors on.
The course itself is a nice, green and flat 5km long, and set in Battersea Park, which is home to the famous Japanese Peace Pagoda, built by a Buddhist Monk from Japan. Last minute registration for the Sumo Run is still possible for £39 (or £75 self-funding), which includes the all important Sumo suit. The minimum fundraising amount for the event is £150.
Link Community Development International is a charity which works to improve the quality of education for children in sub-Saharan Africa. The charity believes that quality education is achievable but sadly many obstacles stand in the way, making it all too rare. Link works at all levels of the education system – including with governments and communities – to identify and remove these obstacles.
More info: www.sumorun.com