Thursday, 11 December 2008

Santa Dash - how did it go ?

Before I get to the serious business of totting up proceeds (should be several hundred pounds), here's a brief report on the day's events.

On arrival, the place was heaving. The sight of thousands of Santas milling about (they reckon about 7000), is about as surreal a sight as you can imagine. But I managed to get near the front, and had a good run. Ran strongly, and wasn't overtaken, apart from a few near the start, and a couple of sprinters at the finish.

Felt so good at the end, that instead of going for a warm-down, decided to run the route again, to soak up some of the atmosphere. Started passing tail-enders after just a few hundred metres ! Admittedly they were walking on stilts, or pushing beds or prams, but I was pretty soon back in the main body of the joggers.

Sight was amazing - route took you along a section of flyover, a short section of streets, then back along an adjacent flyover. Just masses of Santas heading in both directions. Awesome !

Spoke to the
organiser afterwards and have already reserved 12 places for next years event

Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Santa Dash, Santa Dash - so good I ran it twice

As reported in the Liverpool Daily Post: click here and look for 'Formby'

Friday, 5 December 2008

Liverpool Santa Dash - online sponsorship

Now 2 ways to sponsor me online:
either via or on this page - see 'My Appeal' to the right

Friday, 28 November 2008

Who's that bloke with Pete Morgan ?

Oh no ! It's Kenny Dalglish !!

This photo was taken after the 2nd Santa Dash in 2005. Kenny Dalglish ran in 2004 and 2005, as one of the nominated charities was the Marina Dalglish Appeal, set up by Kenny's wife Marina, to provide breast cancer care at University Hospital Aintree.

Saturday, 22 November 2008

Liverpool Santa Dash

If you have an entry for this year's Liverpool Santa Dash and you want to run it in aid of the Shyira Trust, please go to and follow the 'Become an online fundraiser' link.

If you want to sponsor me to run it, go to my personal fund-raising page at

If you haven't yet got an entry, you can download an entry form, or enter online at

When you've entered, please come back, and become an online fundraiser - then please try to raise as much as possible

Thanks for your interest

Friday, 21 November 2008

See the maternity hospital

As it was, and as it is now - and help sponsor a mid-wife !

Wednesday, 19 November 2008


Shyira Trust - relieving poverty in Rwanda

Search - search the web, help Shyira Trust
Recycle for Rwanda - recycle to help Shyira Trust

Run Liverpool - running events in Liverpool
Runner's World - running events in UK and abroad

Mick Hall Photos - specialists in Sports Photography

Time to Run - techical running clothing and accessories

running4rwandaRC - running4rwanda Running Club ? Let me have your comments

New Shyira Trust website - preview the (possible) new Shyira Trust website. Tell me what you think

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Support us

Since 2001, we have:
  • raised approx £25,000 to rebuild the Maternity hospital
  • paid for a nurse to train as a midwife
  • supported numerous Maternity and Safe Motherhood projects
We are committed to raising another £8,000 over 3 years to pay for Midwifery training.
The Maternity extension will cost over £20,000 - over however long it takes.

But don't be put off by the big numbers - at the other end of the scale, £20 will pay for a Caesarean section, and £2 will pay for a normal delivery.

Every penny received by Shyira Trust goes to the projects it was intended for, so please be generous. Even a few pounds can save a life - small change makes a big difference.

Please support one of our team members by clicking a link below, or support the whole team, by clicking the following link: Team Rwanda
The whole team ....
Jane Morgan
Lilian Brignull
Judith Hulse
Mary O'Brien
Liliana Pantoja

Peter Morgan
Stewart Brignull
Steve Hulse
Liam O'Brien
Mike Clarke

Sally Williams
Cheryl Moran
Martin Baxter

(and others)
... would like to thank you for your support

Monday, 17 November 2008


07-Dec-08 Liverpool Santa Dash
18-Jan-09 Helsby half-marathon
22-Feb-09 GNW half-marathon (Blackpool)
13-Mar-09 Red Nose Day 5k (Birchwood)
29-Mar-09 Liverpool half marathon
10-Apr-09 Southport Good Friday Races
06-May-09 Mystery 5k
17-May-09 Windermere Marathon
17-May-09 BUPA Manchester Run 10K
10-Jun-09 Mystery 5k
01-Jul-09 Mystery 5k
05-Aug-09 Mystery 5k
23-Aug-09 Birchwood 10k
09-Sep-09 Mystery 5k
12-Sep-09 Barn dance!
13-Sep-09 Lake Vyrnwy half-marathon
08-Nov-09 Conwy-Llandudno half-marathon
06-Dec-09 Liverpool Santa Dash 2009

Most events have been registered at and can be used for on-line sponsorship in aid of Shyira Trust. If you would like me to add any other events, let me know via the 'Contact me' link.

Events with a hyperlink have related postings. If you want me to post any information, or a race report, use the 'Contact me' link, and I'll post it for you.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Recycle for Rwanda

Shyira Trust can benefit if you recycle your old mobile phone, or your old inkjet cartridge.
The charity will receive £1 for each original inkjet cartidge and 50% of the recycling value for any mobile phones received from you or your friends.

There are three reasons why you should consider recycling these items.

Firstly it's free of charge.

Secondly it helps raise funds for Shyira Trust.

Thirdly it helps the environment and shows you or your organisation are socially responsible.

Click here, or the small button to the right, to recycle your old inkjet cartridge or your old mobile phone.

Please take a few moments to fill in your details, and Recycle for Rwanda

Friday, 14 November 2008


What is running4rwanda ?
Is running4rwanda a charity ?
What is Shyira Trust ?
Who is running4rwanda ?
Is it only for running ?
How do I collect sponsorship ?
Are all events covered ?
Who are Bmycharity ?
What events are registered ?
Can anyone join in ?
Is it only for good runners ?
Is it just like a running club ?
Could it become a running club ?
How can I find out more ?

What is running4rwanda ? running4rwanda is my blog, which I set up in connection with fund-raising efforts for projects in Shyira, Rwanda. I use the blog to publicise running events I am entering, and to report on progress on my fund-raising. The first event was the 2008 Liverpool Santa Dash, and I raised over £400 which has gone towards Midwifery education fees in Shyira.


Is running4rwanda a charity ? No, it is my own personal project, although it does have close links with a small charity, Shyira Trust.


What is Shyira Trust ? Shyira Trust is a small charity based in Formby, North-West England, which supports projects in Rwanda. Its aims are three-fold: the relief of poverty, the protection of good health, and the advancement of education in Rwanda. These aims are delivered through the support of projects in Shyira, in North-West Rwanda. It does not give handouts to individuals, but supports projects to promote sustainable development.

Who is running4rwanda ? At the beginning, running4rwanda was just me, Pete Morgan. In May, I was joined by James Partridge who ran the Manchester 10k. By late 2009, there were at least 12 runners competing in the Liverpool Santa Dash in aid of Rwanda.
I want running4rwanda to be open to anyone who is willing to take part in any event which can be used to raise funds for Shyira.


Is it only for running ? Although the name suggests running events, any event – e.g. walking, cycling, abseiling, bungee-jumping – can be used for fund-raising purposes.


How do I collect sponsorship ? There are 2 ways to collect sponsorship – the old-fashioned paper-based sponsorship form, and the new-fangled internet-based collection form. I can provide examples of both, and both are equally acceptable.


Are all events covered ? For paper-based sponsorship forms, any event can be used – I have a template which can be modified with the name of the event, and printed off, ready for use. For internet-based forms, the event has to be registered with Bmycharity first. Once the event is registered, any fund-raiser can sign-up and use that event to raise funds.


Who are Bmycharity ? Bmycharity are the provider of our on-line collection facility. You may have already heard of Justgiving – Bmycharity are similar, but do not charge commission on donations, so more of your donation reaches Shyira Trust.


What events are registered ? So far, I have only registered events that I know I am taking part in – Helsby half-marathon, Blackpool half-marathon and Liverpool half-marathon. More events can be added fairly easily, for instance Liverpool 10K, Liverpool Women’s 10K, London Marathon, New York Marathon – the list is endless.


Can anyone join in ? Absolutely ! And it doesn’t cost a penny ! So long as you’ve got a name and address, you can have a paper-based form. To get an internet-based form, you need to sign-up with an email address. Once you are signed up, you can generate an internet-based form for any of the registered events.


Is it only for good runners ? Absolutely not ! Anyone who is willing and able to take part in any fund-raising event, is welcome. The more the merrier !


Is it just like a running club ? No. I see it more as a network of like-minded individuals. At the moment there’s only me, but hopefully other people will want to become involved. They may all be based in Formby, but there’s nothing to stop someone at the other end of the country getting involved, or even someone on the other side of the world ! All they need is the willingness to help Shyira Trust, either on a one-off basis, or as part of an ongoing commitment.


Could it become a running club ? It could, but that would open up a whole new set of questions. If the idea develops and grows, there’s no reason why it cannot become a running club, and I’m willing to investigate the possibility. At the moment, I’ll just be happy if I get one more fund-raiser to come on board.


How can I find out more ? My blog has more details, along with instructions about becoming a fund-raiser. If you’re still not sure, or you’ve got a specific question, just email me by following the 'contact me' link, and I’ll be pleased to help.


Thursday, 13 November 2008

Sign up

Are YOU running a race, or taking part in a challenging event ? Are YOU willing to raise funds for Shyira Trust by raising sponsorship ? Then get signed up !

Although this blog was set up to report on MY fund-raising exploits, anyone can join in, and I'll report any fund-raising being carried out, so long as I have the details. Also, I'll provide an on-line sponsorship facility, so long as I know about the event.

If you are running in a race already covered, then go to and follow the link to 'Become on online fundraiser'. Once you have done this, you will have your own personal fund-raising page which you can tell your supporters about.

If you are running a race that is NOT already featured, tell me about it through the 'Contact me' link, and I'll get the events list updated, so that you can start fund-raising as above.

I will of course post any news about any fund-raising by anyone, so any feedback, reports or photos is most welcome. Remember - this is not MY blog, this is the running4rwanda blog.

So let's get Running for Rwanda !

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Contact me

This form sends an e-mail to running4rwanda.




Tuesday, 11 November 2008

About me

I have been running for over 25 years, having done my first run (actually run-walk-jog-walk) on Good Friday 1984.
I ran my first race, the Mersey Marathon, in September of that year, and joined my first running club the following year. Since then, I have run many marathons, half marathons, 10-milers, 10k's, track races, cross-country races and even fell races. I have run in all weathers, in many countries and on 3 continents.

My connection with Rwanda is more recent, dating back to 2000 when a friend visited Rwanda. His descriptions of his experiences, and his photos led to a group of 11 people from Formby visiting Rwanda in 2001. My wife and I were among that group, and we have been back several times since, the most recent being in January 2011.

I am one of the founder trustees of the Shyira Trust, a Formby-based charity whose aims are the relief of poverty, the provision of healthcare and the advancement of education in Rwanda.

These blogs attempts to combine 2 of my major interests - Running and Rwanda

Monday, 10 November 2008


The purpose of this blog is to pass on news and views relating to charity work being carried on in Shyira, a small village in North-West Rwanda. More specifically, it is intended to publicise events (usually running) being used to raise funds for Rwanda

I will publish anything I feel is relevant, and invite you to link through to the website of a small charity of which I am one of the founder trustees. I will give info on its work, on any new fundraising efforts, and will also give details of any forthcoming events and any achievements by the charity or any of our supporters.
Shyira Trust works to relieve poverty, promote health, and advance education in Rwanda, especially in and around Shyira.
This blog will report on many events and achievements, primarily, but not exclusively, those related to maternal health, midwifery training and safe motherhood.
Thanks - now feel free to see details of the work of the Shyira Trust, especially the work for the Maternity Hospital -

Running for Rwanda - the name says it all