When : Sunday 27 April 2025

Where: London

Fundraising target: £2500

Registration Fee: £100

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Running the London Marathon

Embrace the challenge, lace up your shoes, and conquer the iconic London Marathon with Team Mencap! Your strength and determination will carry you through every mile.

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"Team Mencap supported me all the way from applying for a place to after the event!"

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You’ll have access to our exclusive training materials

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We’ll send you a Mencap technical running vest

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Our cheer squad will cheer you on throughout the day


One-to-one fundraising support


Post-race reception

The money you raise for Mencap will make a huge difference


could cover the cost of running our information and advice services for an hour. 


could help us campaign to ensure that those people with a learning disability who are eligible for social care are able to access the vital support that is available. 


could help fund someone with a learning disability to receive access to an employment programme that teaches them the skills they need to be able to secure and keep a job. 

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Questions and Answers 

How far is the London Marathon

The London Marathon is a 26.2-mile (42.195-kilometer) race, which is the standard distance for marathons worldwide.

Are there any qualifying times required to participate in the London Marathon?

For most participants, there are no qualifying times required. However, elite runners and certain championship categories may have specific qualifying criteria.

How many people participate in the London Marathon?

The London Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the world, typically attracting over 40,000 participants. The exact number may vary from year to year.

Can I walk the London Marathon?

Yes, walking the London Marathon is allowed, but there are time limits in place to ensure the safety of participants and the smooth running of the event.

Where does the London Marathon take place?

The London Marathon starts in Greenwich Park and passes through various iconic landmarks in London, including Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament , and Buckingham Palace. The exact route may vary slightly each year.

What is my fundraising target?

The minimum fundraising target for the London Marathon in 2025 is £2,500.

We also have a £100 registration fee that is non-refundable and non-transferable. This means it cannot be refunded or transferred to another runner or a future year.

Gift aid is also additional and cannot go towards your fundraising target. 

What happens if I do not raise £2500?

We set the minimum fundraising target at £2,500 to make sure we’re able to cover the cost of the place, as well as put enough back into our vital work to support people with a learning disability across the UK. 

The full amount is due 1 month after event day as we know a lot of donations come in on the week of and after the event, so there is plenty of time to plan your fundraising and collect donations. 

We will be in touch throughout your journey to provide fundraising tips and ideas. 

Please make sure you're confident you can raise the £2,500 before you apply. 

Do I have to fundraise according to milestones?

We would like you to hit the fundraising milestone before or as close to the milestone as possible, but we understand money can come in closer to the date or at different times. Please let us know if this will be the case with you. 

Will I receive a fundraising pack?

Once you officially secure a place with us, we will send you a fundraising pack with various fundraising materials to kick start your fundraising! 

What should I do if I need extra fundraising materials?

For any fundraising materials please contact marathonteam@mencap.org.uk and they will send everything additional that you might need.

Will I be contacted during the preparation time?

We will keep in contact with you by giving you a call each month to check on your fundraising, update you with all important information and checking if you need any additional support. We will send you emails too. 

Will I receive a running plan and training?

You will receive a running plan and regular monthly sessions with a professional running coach. The sessions will cover nutrition, training and various tips and tricks to your success! 

Will there be a post-race reception?

Each year we welcome our runners to a post- race reception. At the reception you will be greeted with a goody bag, hot food, and a complimentary massage. Each year we announce the location closer to the time 

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