What’s it all about?


The Best Foot Forward Challenge.

Have fun, running, walking, jogging in support of local charities. 

Best Foot Forward is a community initiative, devised to raise funds for charities and is organised by the Rotary Club of the City of Wolverhampton.

Staged annually at WV Active, Aldersley Road, Wolverhampton WV6 9NW, this year’s event takes place on Saturday 29th June 2024.

The event is supported by some forty community-minded corporate Patrons. who each contribute to the creation of a fund which will be released by those taking part. During the course of the event, which runs from 8am to 8pm, every lap of the stadium will release £1 for the benefit of the event charities from the fund created by the Patrons

Those taking part can spend as long or as little as they choose at the event and return as often as they choose in the course of the day, with a personal chip keeping tally of how many laps have been covered. When finishing for the day a certificate is available, recording the number of laps covered.

This event, created in Wolverhampton, is virtually unique in the UK and provides the opportunity to take exercise at your own pace and at your chosen time, while at the same time knowing that the calories you are burning off are going to improve the lives of others.

The essential difference between Best Foot Forward and a typical sponsored run is that, for the latter, entrants are required to sign up personal sponsors and then collect and pay over the sponsorship monies.

For this event, there is no obligation to seek personal sponsorship –

all that the entrants need to do is to simply take part –

the charity funding comes from elsewhere. 


The event was first held in 2013, and over the 9 events since, has raised   £108,439 for mainly local Charities. 

The Charities. 

Each year the Charity fund is split three ways, between the Club’s own Charitable Trust and two others.

The charities for 2024 are

The Wolverhampton MS Therapy Centre

 Central Youth Theatre of Wolverhampton, and

The Rotary Charitable Trust.


Other Charities. 

While there is no obligation for entrants to seek personal sponsorship, we invite other charities and organisations to use Best Foot Forward as their own sponsored walk/run, retaining everything that their supporters raise.

In the period since 2013 the opportunity has enabled a variety of local organisations to boost their own funds by £73,781 – making a total of £182,220 for Charities from staging the event.