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Take part in the iconic London Marathon with a charity place for .

Experience running amongst the capital’s historic landmarks whilst raising money for older people who need us.

Be part of our 2025 Marathon team and you’ll not only be taking on the challenge of a lifetime, you’ll also be helping to reach even more older people who need us.

About the London Marathon

  • When: Sunday 27 April 2025
  • Where: London 
  • Distance: 26.2 miles
  • Why: Change people's lives

What you’ll get from

  • First class 1-1 personal support with your fundraising and training 
  • The loudest cheering squads on the route to get you to the finish line
  • A fantastic post-race reception with complimentary sports massage, hot meal and celebratory drink
  • Technical running vest & iron-on letters
  • Zoom training sessions from our professional fitness coaches at Smash Body & Mind
  • A dedicated Facebook group to chat with your fellow runners
  • Fundraising ideas and materials
  • cotton t-shirt to wear out and about

Apply for an charity place

You’ll need commit to fundraising a minimum of £2,000 for , plus a registration fee of £100. Please complete our short application form explaining why you’d like to run for and how you will meet the £2,000 pledge.

How does it work if I have my own place?

If you're lucky enough to have your own place through the TCS London Marathon public ballot and would like to raise money for please email us at fundraise@ageuk.org.uk. You'll receive the same great support as other team members but won't have a fundraising target - just raise as much as you can.

I wanted to say the biggest thank you ever for how well the marathon was organised from start to finish.  The time and dedication you put in to supporting the runners, answering millions of questions and making sure all ran smoothly was phenomenal. 

Adam | 2024 runner

The event afterwards was superb, the facilities, the food and drink but more importantly how welcoming everyone was to family and friends too. 

Jo | 2024 runner

I lost my Mum to Dementia in Dec 23 and throughout the last 5 years, were a great support for advice to myself and my sister. I would like to raise funds to allow this amazing work to continue to support others.

Luci | 2024 runner

Why run for ?

When someone's desperately lonely and just needs to hear another voice, we're there for them.

When they've lost the person they love the most, we're there to help them find the strength to carry on.

When an older person is forced to live in a freezing house because they're worried about the cost of heating, we give them the support they need to regain control.

We're here because everyone deserves a place to turn to when times are tough.

And with the support of people like you, we can continue to be there.  

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

When will I find out if my application for a charity place has been successful?

If your application has been successful, we will be in touch via email within 7 working days to agree a time for a phone conversation to talk through fundraising plans and next steps.  We aim to respond to everyone applying for a place but if you haven’t heard back from us in 14 working days, please assume you have not been successful.  

 

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How can I raise money?

We’ll help you set up an online fundraising page. The best way to start is to personalise your page with a photo, your story and then share it far & wide. You can also organise fundraising activities and events to boost your total and we have plenty of ideas and branded materials to give you a kick start.  

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Why is there a minimum fundraising target for charity places?

Each charity place provides a valuable source of fundraising for . We set a minimum fundraising target to cover the cost of the place and support for our runners as well as ensuring each runners raises vital funds to help us reach older people who need support.  

 

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What happens if I don’t raise the minimum fundraising amount?

If you find you are struggling to reach your fundraising target, we are here to help with advice, ideas and materials. We would ask you to continue with your fundraising until you reached your target and we’ll continue to support you. We would never ask you to pay the difference personally.

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How do I get an running vest?

Your fundraising pack containing your technical running vest, iron-on letters, fundraising guide and fundraising materials will be sent out to you in October, 6 months ahead of the event.

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Will have a cheer point?

Yes! We will have cheer points around to route to welcome your friends and family to, and to give you the biggest boost as you pass.

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Will there be a post-race reception?

Yes! We host a post-race reception for all of our runners plus friends and family, just 5 minutes from the finish line. You will get a complimentary hot meal, drink and sports massage plus a goody bag and congratulations from the team.

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Do you provide fundraising materials?

Yes, we can send you a fundraising guide, sweepstake form, poster to promote events, balloons, bunting, money boxes and collection buckets.

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What if I’m injured and can’t run?

If you’re not able to take part please let us know at the earliest opportunity. We can roll your place over to the following year. We can also roll any fundraising done to date to the following year.

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What if I get a ballot place?

If you’re lucky enough to get a ballot place, you can still be part of the team and receive all the perks and support, but with no minimum fundraising target – just raise as much as you can.

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Do you have any training support?

Yes. We have a fantastic team from SMASH Body & Mind who provide training plans, advice on nutrition and hydration, injury prevention and, most importantly, how to mentally prepare for the race. We arrange Zoom calls with our SMASH coaches in the run up to the event and they can also provide 1-1 advice to team members.

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Questions?

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with us at fundraise@ageuk.org.uk

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