Didn’t get in on the ballot? How to get a charity place for the London Marathon 2019

how to run the london marathon for charity

A record-breaking number of people (414,168 in fact) entered the London Marathon ballot for the 2019 race, making it even more difficult to get one of those dream spots. If you’ve been unlucky in the London Marathon ballot however, do not despair – your dreams of taking on the famous course are not over, with plenty of charity places still available.

Related: Everything you need to know about running the London Marathon 2019 

But how does running the London Marathon 2019 for charity work, which charities still have places and how much do you need to raise for a spot? We’ve got everything you need to know about running the London Marathon for charity here:

How does running the London Marathon for charity work, and how much do I need to raise?

The Golden Bond scheme is where charities buy guaranteed entries for £300 each, which they offer to runners who have missed the ballot. Runners will often be expected to commit to raising a four figure sum when taking the place. This scheme has grown over the years and now includes more than 750 British charities, with a total of 15,000 guaranteed places.

There are also around 550 Silver Bond charities, which are guaranteed one entry place every five years. 

If a charity gives you a place to run for them, you’ll usually have to raise a fairly large amount in sponsorship money in exchange for a charity place. Often this isn’t a voluntary target, which means you might be required to make up any shortfall yourself.

The exact amount will vary depending on the charity.

Related: London Marathon breaks another fundraising record 

When do I need to apply for a charity place by?

Like the ballot, charity places are often over-subscribed, so it’s a good idea to get your application in sooner rather than later. Most charity ballots will close by the beginning of November.

Which charities still have places for the London Marathon 2019? 

Below we have listed 13 charities who still have places for the 2019 race, plus the perks they give you for running for them:

Dementia Revolution

As charity of the year for the 2019 London Marathon, Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK have joined forces for a year-long campaign, to power ground breaking dementia research. As the lead charity for the marathon, you can expect plenty of cheer points along the way.

Entry fee: £100

Sponsorship money: £2000

Apply for a Dementia Revolution London Marathon charity place

Related: Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK team up as charity of the year for the London Marathon 2019 

Team Macmillan

The charity ballot for Team Macmillan marathon places will reopen on Monday 8th October for two weeks, for runners who are unsuccessful in the public ballot. Macmillan offers help and support for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. From a marathon point of view, they always have plenty of cheer points along the way, plus a post-race party near the finish line.

Entry fee: £100

Sponsorship money: £2500

Apply for a Team Macmillan London Marathon charity place

Breast Cancer Now

The UK’s leading breast cancer research charity, Breast Cancer Now hopes that with the right work and funding now, by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live. Running as part of ‘Team Now’ you’ll get access to the online Training Zone and support to reach your fundraising target.

Entry fee: £50

Sponsorship money: £2000

Apply for a Breast Cancer Now London Marathon charity place

Mind

Providing advice and support to empower those suffering with mental health problems, Mind support thousands of people all over the UK with crisis helplines, drop in centres and counselling. Running for Mind gives you training days, a post-race massage and cheer points along the route.

Entry fee: £100

Sponsorship money: £2000

Apply for a Mind London Marathon charity place

Mencap

Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability – they support thousands of people with learning disabilities do the things they love. With training advice, a running vest and a post-race reception on the day, Team Mencap will support you to the finish line in return to your fundraising.

Entry fee: £100

Sponsorship money: £2000

Apply for a Mencap London Marathon charity place

Great Ormond Street

Raising vital funds for the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, which has always depended on charitable donations to give seriously ill children the chance of a better future. As part of your marathon for GOSH, they’ll supply you with fundraising advice, professional training plans and cheer points along the course for your family and friends.

Entry fee: £100

Sponsorship money: £2000

Apply for a Great Ormond Street London Marathon charity place

CLIC Sargent

CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children, young people and their families. CLIC Sargent offer their runners online training zones, a 2019 team Facebook group, a vest, head band and face transfers and a post-race party.

Entry fee: £100

Sponsorship money: £2000

Apply for a CLIC Sargent London Marathon charity place

Sparks

Sparks raises money to fund pioneering child health research across the UK, helping to find new treatments and cures for children. As team Sparks you get fundraising advice, a training hub and training days where you’ll be able to get advice from other runners and experts.

Entry fee: £100

Sponsorship money: £2000

Apply for a Sparks London Marathon charity place

Tommy’s

Tommy’s baby charity funds research into stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage. Tommy’s offer some pretty great extras if you run for them, including a free place in the Vitality Big Half Marathon on 10th March, a fundraising guide, cheer zones around the course and noisy cheering sticks to give to your family and friends on the day.

Entry fee: Fee

Sponsorship money: £2000

Apply for a Tommy's London Marathon charity place

Bloodwise

Bloodwise is a UK charity that has been beating blood cancers since 1960. Bloodwise support their marathon runners with access to professional training days, training plans and a post-race reception with a sports massage.

Entry fee: £100

Sponsorship money: £2000

Apply for a Bloodwise London Marathon charity place

St John’s Ambulance

The nation’s leading first aid charity, St John’s Ambulance are invaluable at both the London Marathon, and running events all over the UK. Running for St John’s gets you training, nutrition advice and support from RunningWithUs, a post race reception with a massage and of course, cheering points around the course.

Entry fee: £100

Sponsorship money: £1900

Apply for a St John's Ambulance London Marathon charity place 

Shelter

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through their advice, support and legal services. Shelter offer their runners the choice between a running t-shirt or vest, expert training and fundraising advice and a post-race sports massage.

Entry fee: £100

Sponsorship money: £2000

Apply for a Shelter London Marathon charity place 

Parkinsons

Parkinson’s charity drive better care, treatments and quality of life for those facing Parkinson’s. Their runners receive a running vest with iron-on letters (very handy), supporter points for your friends and family and a post-race reception with sports massage and, most importantly, a shower!

Entry fee: £70

Sponsorship money: £2000

Apply for a Parkinsons London Marathon charity place

How will I raise that much money alongside my training?

As daunting as it might seem in October, like your training, you will be able to raise the money. Here’s a few ideas to get you started:

Bake sale: whether this is in your office, or at your running club, it’s a tried and trusted way to raise money.

Sports day: easy to organise and if your office is anywhere near as sporty as ours it will go down a treat. Think three-legged race, egg and spoon and some novelty prizes for the winners.

Matched funding: ask your workplace about matched funding – if they do offer this, it could make fundraising a lot easier.