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Are you a resolution runner?

New Year, new you … No pain, no gain … If your ears are ringing with the same motivating mantras, perhaps you’ve considered turning to running as a way of getting fit.

RNLI supporters running in a race along Bournemouth Pier

Photo: Rebecca Hodges

But as the parks and pavements start to fill with January joggers, how do you stick to your resolution beyond the first few weeks?

Run for the RNLI and you could make 2016 the year you transform yourself from a resolution runner to seasoned sprinter. Whether your running shoes are left forgotten in a wardrobe corner, or your new Christmas trainers have already been out pounding the pavements, having a fundraising aim could be just the motivation you need.

Set your goal

Now’s the time to start thinking about your training and we’ve already got an Autumn events to aim for in 2016. Sign up for the Great North Run and Team RNLI will support you on your journey, with everything from regular training tips to cheers and treats on race day.

By giving yourself something to aim for, whether it’s the local fun run or a marathon, your focus and motivation will stay on a high.

Get advice

Why not take some tips from those in the know? RNLI lifeguards face rigorous fitness tests throughout the season – Lifeguard Matthew Jones completed the Great North Run for the RNLI. He shares his tips for fitness and fundraising with you here.

Stay inspired

People who decide to Run RNLI come from all walks of life – but they are all part of one fundraising family who run to our rescue every year.

‘When you’re running for a cause so close to you, it’s really not hard to stay motivated,’ says Sam Hutton, who ran the Virgin London Marathon with his brother Tom in memory of their little brother Charlie.

And if the weather’s your greatest adversary, think of the crews you’ll be raising money for as you step out into that driving rain. Our volunteers are ready in all weathers, but depend on the commitment of fundraisers like you to keep them safe.

Good luck – Team RNLI is with you every step of the way!