10 Reasons To Run The Virgin Money London Marathon For Charity

The Virgin Money London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event on the planet. If you’re thinking about getting involved, here are 10 reasons why running the Virgin Money London Marathon for charity is a great way to enhance your experience.

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Secure a place in the marathon

If you’re unsuccessful in the Virgin Money London Marathon ballot, it doesn’t mean you can’t run the iconic race. You can secure your place through a charity entry before the ballot is even announced and get a head start on training and fundraising for the event. There are hundreds of different charities for you to choose from so you’re sure to find a cause close to your heart.

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It will give your training focus

Although your goal is to run the marathon, the aim of doing so for charity will really focus your training. When it’s cold outside, the rain is driving down and the last thing you want to do is head out and train, think about why you are running and all of the lives you are changing. Running for a charity will put your challenge in perspective. Yes, it’s difficult to drag yourself out of bed to go for a run, but remembering the people who are going through worse than you - sometimes that’s just the motivation you need to keep training.

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Fundraising support along the way

Some people are put off running for charity as they don’t think they’ll be able to raise enough money, but this shouldn’t put you off. Whichever charity you choose will provide you with fundraising support every step of the way. You’ll receive regular advice and tips to help you smash your fundraising target. 

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Training advice from experts

Alongside fundraising support, your charity will also offer you exclusive training plans that you can access for free when you sign up. Running coaches and experts will also be on hand to support you with your training, offering tailored advice to help you prepare for the event. Most charities will also host dedicated training days where you’ll get to meet running and nutrition experts to get more guidance. In addition, a lot of charities also provide a technical running vest for their runners to wear during training and on the day of the race itself.

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Find out more about your charity

Some charities will host events during the lead-up to the marathon where supporters can learn more about some of the work that they do. These days are a great way to engage supporters and give them a chance to see first hand how the money they are raising is used and how it can change lives. These insights can give you an extra incentive to raise even more money for your chosen cause.

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Sense of community

Running the Virgin Money London Marathon for charity gives you the opportunity to be part of something bigger. Running is sometimes a lonely sport, but running for a charity changes this. You’ll experience a real sense of community spirit through social media groups where you can share training and fundraising tips with other runners and motivate one another. You might find other charity runners in your area who you could meet up and train with.

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Enjoy extra support on race day

Don’t think that your charity's support will finish come race day, as they will also be there on the day to cheer you along the route. There will be times during your marathon when you’ll struggle, but seeing the support from your charity when you need it most will help you push on. With charities setting up dedicated cheer points all along the route, you certainly won’t feel alone on the day of your marathon.

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Meet some celebrities

Many celebrities choose to run the Virgin Money London Marathon for causes close to their heart and if you’re running for one of these organisations then you might get the opportunity to rub shoulders with some famous faces. Some charities also opt to recruit celebrities into their teams to act as captain figures and offer runners the chance to see them at ‘meet and greet’ sessions prior to the race.

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Celebrate in style

Running the Virgin Money London Marathon is a momentous achievement and one that should definitely be celebrated! Some charities host post-race celebration parties after the race for runners and their family and friends so that you can relive your marathon experience with the people that matter most to you. 

The most important reason to run the Virgin Money London Marathon for charity is to help make a difference to people’s lives. Whether it’s helping to fund groundbreaking research, treatment or provide support for patients and their families, every single penny you raise for charity will change lives. When you cross the finish line, you’ll not only have changed your own life but the lives of countless others too - making your Virgin Money London Marathon experience that bit more special.

Have you been inspired to take on the Virgin Money London Marathon for a charity? Take a look at our partner charity listings to register your interest in running for a cause close to your heart.