After the London Marathon: Why you should start running

The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the biggest UK Marathon events of the year. The 2018 Marathon took place back on April 22nd, and the next one is set to start on April 28th, 2019. The event attracts runners worldwide; thousands of people apply for the ballot every year, to the point where the system needed to be adjusted for the sheer amount of applications that were being received.

Other than applying through the ballot, you can participate in the London Marathon if you run for a charity. The charity you’re running for has to be on the Virgin Money London Marathon charity list (available on their website). The public ballot for the 2019 London Marathon is already open for applications, but it will be closing at 17:00 on Friday 4 May 2018. You’ll be informed whether or not you’ve secured a place in early October.

When Virgin Money started sponsoring the London Marathon, their goal was to bring real value to the sponsored event. Since the first London Marathon back in 1981, London Marathon participants have raised over £800 million. The Marathon is recognised as the largest annual one-day fundraising event in the world.

Virgin Money Giving (which is Virgin Money’s online donation site) pledged to assist London Marathon participants raise an extra £250 million in the first 5 years that they sponsored the Marathon. The fundraising done through Virgin Money Giving for the Marathon is 100% not-for-profit, which means that almost an extra £10 million has gone to charities than they would have received using other fundraising sites that charge fees.

So, why should you start running? Well, take the Virgin Money London Marathon, for example. This Marathon raises millions of pounds in a single day every year. All of this money goes on to various charities to help them grow and develop. By running under the flag of a charity, as it were, you aren’t only fundraising for them, you’re helping raise awareness about lesser known diseases, illnesses, mental health problems, and life-changing medical issues. But people don’t just run to raise awareness and money for charities that help with illnesses, there’s also charities that help with crime issues, animals, the environment, and much more.

Of course, you don’t have to start with the London Marathon. As a novice runner, the Marathon might seem a little too overwhelming, but there are ways to start in the shallow end of the running pool. If you’re looking to get fitter, healthier, and raise awareness at the same time, you can easily set up a fundraising page and sign up for any number of local running events near you.

You might try a 5k course, at first. Over the years, most major fun runs, obstacle courses, and mud runs have had both 10k and 5k options, and a 5k is a great way to introduce yourself to the rough terrain that comes with being a charity runner. Get your friends involved, and see how much your can raise!