Last chance to secure London Marathon places
One of the UK’s leading children’s charities is urging runners who want to take part in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, to snap up their remaining charity places before the deadline closes on Friday 25th January.
Caudwell Children, the national charity that provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, has already filled 16 places for, arguably, the world’s greatest marathon.
However, they still have a limited number of places available for the iconic race, which will see 20,000 runners pounding the streets of London on Sunday 28th April, 2019.
Over 414,000 runners entered the ballot for this year’s event and with charity places now the only way of gaining entry to the race bosses at Caudwell Children are telling interested runners to contact them immediately to avoid missing out on a place.
“After the ballot closed in October last year there were a lot of disappointed runners,” said Kerrie Davies, Associate Director of Events at Caudwell Children. “The 2019 ballot was a world record for applications making it the most popular marathon in the world.
“The ridiculously high numbers reflect that people are desperate to fulfil their ambition of taking part in one of the greatest sporting events on the planet.
“My worry is that runners may miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, to take part in the London Marathon, because they are unaware of charity places or that they are put off by the fundraising aspect.”
Kerrie says that those who run on behalf of the charity receive an unprecedented level of support.
“Each runner is allocated a dedicated member of staff to support them in their fundraising,” explained Kerrie. “They’ll be provided with a fundraising pack which contains a selection of materials and tips that will help them in their efforts.”
Participants will also receive a stylish running vest with their name printed on it, enjoy a pre-race pasta party with their Caudwell Children teammates to ensure that they are prepared for the challenge, and get to let their hair down with a celebratory post-race party with family and friends.
This will include a meal and a sports massage to help relax those tense muscles after the punishing 26.2 mile run.
“If you sign up for one of our charity places and complete the race the sense of achievement will be unbelievable,” concluded Kerrie. “But not only that you’ll be helping Caudwell Children to raise the funds needed to deliver therapies, treatments, equipment and fully supported holidays to disabled children across the UK, an achievement even more compelling because of its legacy.”
You can register for a Caudwell Children charity place for just £100 with a fundraising target of £2,500.
You can find out more and register online here.