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Running for Shine

    • Great Eastern Run
    • Great Eastern Run
    • Great Eastern Run
    • Great Eastern Run
    • Great Eastern Run

Runs are by far our most popular active challenges. Whatever your distance, there’s a run or wheelchair race out there for you. Our fundraisers recommend The Running Bug’s events finder at, or, contact the fundraising team for help finding your dream run! (We can also support you with your training plans...)

STOP PRESS! Shine charity places are now available for the following iconic races!

  • Great Manchester Half - Sunday 20th May 2018
  • Great North Run - Sunday 9th September 2018
  • Cardiff Half - Sunday 7th October 2018
  • Great South Run - Sunday 21st October 2018

Registering is easy, and the Great Manchester Half, Cardiff Half and Great South are FREE to enter if you have a Shine place. We just ask that you raise a minimum amount of sponsorship for Shine:

Great Manchester Half = Free Entry and £400 minimum sponsorship
Cardiff Half Marathon = Free Entry and £400 minimum sponsorship
Great South Run = Free Entry and £300 minimum sponsorship
Great North Run = £50 Entry Fee and £400 minimum sponsorship

You can also become a member of Team Shine if you enter events which are open for general entry (we don't have charity places for these ones):

  • Belfast City Marathon - Monday 7 May 2018
  • Great Eastern Run - Sunday 14 October 2018  

Mudstacles: From the Spartan Race to the Mud Runner there is a mud run or obstacle course to suit everyone! Check out to find your event!

To find out more please get in touch with us by T: 01733 555988 or E: 

You can also order your running vest, t-shirts and fleeces from or via the button below.

Please note: If you wish to apply for a guaranteed charity place, we do ask for a non-refundable registration fee and a commitment to a minimum sponsorship level. However, you can also apply for your own place through the ballot and if you choose to run for Shine you will receive the same level of support and advice.


Fun for All the Family at Two Day Abseil Event

Pictured: Shine fundraiser Georgia Kelly, Heart FM's Kev Lawrence and Peterborough Cathedral events manager…

Did You Know?

Some babies with spina bifida are now operated on before they are born, via keyhole surgery.

Hydrocephalus can be congenital or acquired.

NPH (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus) is an excessive build-up of fluid in the head.

Hydrocephalus is a build up of excess fluid in the brain.

Some 11 - 35% of people with Intracranial Hypertension recover spontaneously.

Most babies with spina bifida undergo surgery within 48 hours of birth.

“Every effort should be made to ensure that all children are immunized, no opportunity to immunize should be missed.”

If you have spina bifida +/or hydrocephalus you should receive the same vaccinations as any others, when going abroad.

Hydrocephalus comes from the Greek "hydro" meaning water and "cephalie", meaning brain.

Some forms of hydrocephalus require no specific treatment.

Medical advice should always be sought if shunt infection is suspected.

Shunt: a device that diverts accumulated cerebro-spinal fluid around the obstructed pathways back to the bloodstream.

Possible signs of chronic shunt blockage include: fatigue, general malaise or behavioural changes.

A shunt alert card should be carried at all times by people with hydrocephalus treated by a shunt.

Possible signs of acute shunt blockage may include: visual disturbances, drowsiness and seizures.

Symptoms of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus are similar to Alzheimer's, Parkinson's disease or simply increasing age.

NPH (Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus) occurs most often in people aged over 60.

Benign Intracranial Hypertension aka Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension affects about one or two in every 100,000 people!

Symptoms associated with raised intracranial pressure; headache, visual disturbances, photophobia, vomiting, problems with balance...

Diagnosis of Intracranial Hypertension is by scan + measurement of the CSF pressure.

Babies born prematurely are at increased risk of developing hydrocephalus.

Shine can raise money by recycling your used inkjet cartridges, toners or CDs and DVDs.

Para-athletes with spina bifida and hydrocephalus compete in sports ranging from cycling to dressage.

Hydrocephalus may affect memory, concentration and behaviour.

The usual treatment for hydrocephalus is to insert a shunt into the brain.

CSF stands for cerebro-spinal fluid.

Benny Bear is a teddy with hydrocephalus who helps children understand the condition.

Shine is always looking for Marathon Runners to help with fundraising.

Spina bifida occulta is a hidden form of spina bifida.


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