About Us

If only everything in life was as crazy and fun as this

Run the Ring is a group of VW enthusiasts from all walks of life that combine our love for all things VW with a passion for raising money for good causes.

Once a year around a thousand of us gather together with our partners and families for our ‘Run the Ring’ event – one lap of the M25 in our VW cars, vans and campers and raise money for a chosen charity at the same time.

The idea of ‘Run the Ring’ was the brainchild of our founder John Emberton back in 2016. After posting the idea on Facebook (partly as a joke) John was overwhelmed by the response and over 400 VWs completed the first 117-mile lap of London in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. We repeated the feat in 2017 – this time with 650 VW cars, vans and campers. Together with other events and activities we handed over a cheque for just under £26K to another great cause, Scotty’s Little Soldiers who support children who have lost a parent in the armed forces. As a result we were named by the charity as their Fundraising Team of the Year!

On to Run the Ring 3 on in Sept 2018, this time, in the pouring rain, we unwound by going in the other direction! We raised just over £30k for Brainwave, a charity who support children who have brain injuries and disabilities such as Epilepsy, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and some rare brain conditions.

2019 sees a break after having been to VW events almost every weekend and raising over £65k for the various charities.

Now the bug is getting bigger

2020 brings Run The Ring 4 & we are very proud to be supporting PAPYRUS, the UK charity for the prevention of young suicide. Suicide is the biggest killer of young people – male and female – under 35 in the UK.

PAPYRUS provide confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, & anyone worried about a young person, through their helpline.

If you are struggling or if you are worried about someone please reach out to PAPYRUS HOPELINEUK – they can offer confidential suicide prevention advice and support: https://papyrus-uk.org/hopelineuk/

Thank you for taking the time to read this, if you want to know more or get involved, get in touch via the group where we will be releasing details. The VW community can make a difference Please share with all your friends, family & colleagues and get this show on the road! Follow the group to keep up to date with shows we are attending, events we are hosting & details for Run the Ring 4. Registration for RTR4 will start in Spring 2020

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