World AIDS Day RED RUN LDN 25 November 2023

The 2023 World AIDS Day RED RUN raised £232,661!

Thank you to everyone who took part and raised such a significant amount for 30 HIV charities! All to be used to tackle HIV stigma and help the UK achieve zero new HIV transmissions by 2030. We took action, and laced up on the 25th of November.


Held annually on the last Saturday in November, the World AIDS Day RED RUN is a charity fun run and walk that unites the HIV sector to raise awareness and vital funds for HIV support and prevention projects.

Stay tuned for details about the 2024 World AIDS Day RED RUN.

Take Action. Lace Up.


25 November 2023 – from 11am


Victoria Park, London 



5km or 10km
walk, run or sashay!


Click HERE to download the results 

10K/5K Charity Fun Run and walk

The RED RUN is a non-competitive event and welcomes all ages and abilities. The event focuses on community and not competition and is more than a run as it creates an annual large scale platform to help propel the HIV movement forward.

The 5k/10k (chipped timed) route takes you through leafy Victoria Park, where you’ll be joined by thousands of others who are all walking, running, sashaying and jogging to raise awareness and vital funding to help strengthen the UK’s response to HIV.

Last year, 3,000 people attended raising over £232,000 for 30 HIV charities.

If you have any questions about this year’s World AIDS Day RED RUN please email Ian Montgomery at Positive East via 

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Our Story

Since 2009, East London’s HIV charity Positive East has organised the World AIDS Day RED RUN. What began 14 years ago with just 50 people is now one of the UK’s largest annual HIV community events that has raised over £875,000 for HIV support and prevention projects.

It is the only event of its kind as it unites HIV charities, those living with HIV and the community to raise awareness of, and funding to support the ambitions of the HIV sector. All HIV charities are welcome to participate in, and benefit from the activities of the World AIDS Day RED RUN.

Past special guests have included Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, Sir Ian McKellen, and the late Dame Barbara Windsor and has hosted spoken word performances by HIV Voices and DJs from Horse Meat Disco and Eagle London.

The 2023 RED RUN takes place against the backdrop of a momentous time in the world of HIV. We have seen a dramatic fall in new HIV diagnoses. London and the UK have exceeded the UNAIDS 90:90:90 target and Undetectable=Untransmittable is a scientific statement of fact.

However, amongst the good news, the challenge remains that not everyone, and not all communities are benefiting. 106,000 people live with HIV in the UK (50,000 in London). HIV stigma is still a reality and there are still too many people undiagnosed and diagnosed late. Funding cuts to the HIV sector are still all too common despite the fact that HIV support services change lives. Now is most certainly not the time for us to stand down!

Take Action. Lace Up.


World Aids Day red Run Village

The World AIDS Day RED RUN is a celebration, an acknowledgement of work still to be done and an opportunity for all of us to stand together shoulder to shoulder as a unified and strong community. Anchoring the event is the RED RUN Village that will include the day’s festivities.

Visit the Village

  • DJs from Horse Meat Disco and Eagle London
  • Miss Ruby V and Shirley du Naughty hosting
  • Free hot drinks
  • UK AIDS Memorial Quilt display
  • HIV charity stalls
  • HIV community heroes exhibition
  • A small display of HIV and AIDS public health poster campaigns from Wellcome Collection
  • Ongoing warm up provided by Workout with Pride
  • After-party at People’s Park Tavern

Within the village you will also find loos, on the day registration/check in and bag check.

Community Heroes

The RED RUN is our opportunity to celebrate those who have quietly worked in the background, enabling the HIV movement to flourish. 

The notion of community resonates profoundly when telling the story of HIV.  It was as a community that we fought back and the D.I.Y. movement against HIV flourished. We mobilised rapidly and identified injustices. We took to the streets, we set up information networks and we established charities and community groups. As one collective whole we have achieved so much and these successes have only been possible because of the passion, hard work and dedication of those who have been steadily working in the background with their contributions often going unsung.

The World AIDS Day RED RUN is built on the ethos of community mobilisation. Each charity has been invited to put forward a Community Hero, who has been instrumental to their organisation. 

We honour these unsung heroes and thank them for all they have allowed us to collectively achieve.  These individuals are our 2023 guests of honour and we will celebrate them with a small exhibition and produce a 2023 Community Heroes Guide.

Our future is brighter because of them.


More Information

If you register before November 1st we will post out to you your RED RUN pack. This will include everything you need for the day including your RED RUN bib number, bag check bag, RED RUN village map and info sheet. 

If you register after November 1st you will pick up your RED RUN pack on the day of the event at the registration marquee. 

Everyone will pick up their RED RUN t-shirt on the day, regardless of when you registered.

The World AIDS Day RED RUN village will open at 11:00am. Your exact arrival time will be emailed to you.

You can cross the start line any time between 12:20pm and 12:50pm. When you do, your timing chip in your race bib will start automatically. You will be able to see your official time on the results page of our website following the event. Because there is no official start time, it means there will not be a group time/gun time for this event.

The RED RUN will end at 2:30pm.

The fee is based on how much it costs per person for Positive East to deliver the event.  Included in your £25 fee is:

  • 2023 World AIDS Day RED RUN t-shirt
  • RED RUN tote bag
  • Finishing medal
  • Free coffee
  • Chipped timing (for those who are keen)
  • Run/Walk number
  • Community Heroes Guide
  • Entertainment


This is in addition to being able to enjoy the World AIDS Day RED RUN village which will include HIV charity tables, an AIDS Quilt Display and community heroes exhibition.

*** The World AIDS Day RED RUN is sold out. Thank you to all those who have registered to take part! ***

The registration fee is £25 to take part in the event and complete the 5k/10k route. Upon registration, you will be able to select which charity you would like to support through fundraising.

After you register a representative from your chosen charity will contact you and will be available to guide you as you encourage friends and family to donate in the weeks leading up to the event.

If you have any questions before you register, please contact Ian Montgomery.

We encourage you to bring friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to cheer you on!  It is free to attend as a spectator and enjoy the festivities.


The World AIDS Day RED RUN benefits charities that support and empower people living with HIV and their communities.  100% of the proceeds raised from the event will go to your charity of choice (selected upon registration). This year, we are so pleased that 29 HIV charities have joined in the event, allowing each to raise vital funds which will strengthen our collective response to HIV.

Since 2009 over £875,000 has been raised for essential HIV support and prevention programmes across the UK!

The 2022 event raised a record breaking £235,000 for 27 HIV charities.

The event is chip timed.  For those who would like to know their time you can check the website on 28 Nov.

There will not be a gun time, rather your time will start once you cross the start mats.  At 12:20 the route will be open, and people can begin to participate at their leisure.

We will have a water station at the 2.5k mark. However we encourage you to bring a full water bottle to help us cut down on waste.  

We will provide a staffed bag check marquee. You will be provided with a large clear plastic bag that will be pre labelled. Everything you want to keep in the bag check must fit within the bag and simply hand this over to one of the RED RUN volunteers at the event. Please note we will not have dressing rooms. We advise that you wear an outer layer than can be easily taken off and checked into the bag check.
We will not have changing rooms at the event.  We ask that you come wearing a layer that can easily be removed and checked into the bag check.

All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend the World AIDS Day RED RUN. 


Yes! If you are running or walking with your dog(s) just be mindful of others. 

Please email Ian Montgomery at Positive East on

The World AIDS Day RED RUN will take place in the North East corner of Victoria Park.  This is located near to the Harrier Hall (Cadogan Terrace, London E9 5EG)

You can also find the location via What Three Words: Photo.Hint.Causes

Why We Run. Why we Walk.

Thank you!