Golden Bond Places

Running a marathon is an enormous personal achievement. Our London Marathon Golden Bond runners not only complete one of the most famous races in the world, but also raise funds to support some of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people.

When applications closed on 4th May 2018 a world record number of 414,168 had registered for a ballot place in the 2019 event. This is an increase of 7.3% from the previous record for the 2018 event.

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Key Facts

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People have completed every London Marathon since 1981

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The oldest person (Fauja Singh) to complete the marathon

414,168
Ballot applications have been received for 2019 marathon

1,000,000+
Runners in 37 years

Route

The route starts from south of the Thames and passes through Greenwich before crossing the river over Tower Bridge. It then continues through central London before finishing in glory in front of Buckingham Palace.

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Blackheath

London Start

In 2017 40,382 runners set off from Greenwich Park in south-east London to enjoy the incredible atmosphere of this inspiring city marathon. Every year Brathay 10in10 club members take part in yet another marathon and aspiring 10in10ers often use London as a last training run before their 262 miles around Windermere the following month.

Brathay is also represented by our Gold Bond runners, raising funds to help some of the UK's most vulnerable children and young people.

Cutty Sark, Greenwich

Cutty Sark

The spectacular backdrop of Cutty Sark is one of the first major landmarks encountered by runners on the routeGreenwich is always pulsing with spectators, live music and a carnival atmosphere as runners pass this important part of maritime history.

Having supported their runner spectators are then able to cut a corner through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel to pick up the race again between miles 16 and 17.

Tower Bridge

Ellen

Tower Bridge is particularly popular with the media and spectators as runners are cheered between miles 12 and 13 and again as they return along East Smithfield on their way to mile 23.

In 2016 BBC presenter Ore Oduba was speechless when Brathay athlete Ellen Iaquaniello appeared from nowhere to promote her marathon appeal to support vulnerable young people!

Marsh Wall

Jonathan Lee

At mile 18 runners are now over two thirds of the way to completing the marathon. With less than 10 miles to go this is where a well planned training plan will deliver rewards....or where things start to fall apart!

Brathay supporter and Gold Bond runner Jonathan Lee is still smiling on his way to Canary Wharf.

#MilesforMatt

Master Chef Semi Finalist Matt Campbell Banner

In 2018 Brathay Gold Bond runner Matt Campbell passed away tragically while taking part in the London Marathon. He collapsed at the 22.5 mile mark, in the coming days and weeks following his death, tens of thousands of people pledged and completed Matt's last 3.7 miles for him. 

The money raised in Matt’s name (now over £400,000) will help us work with so many more young people; those who want to turn their lives around or need support to fulfil their potential. We know we can make a difference to them, and that among them will be those who go on to inspire others too.

The Mall

Chris London

In 2016 history was made as the one millionth London Marathon finisher crossed the world famous finish line on The Mall #oneinamillion. Every one of the one million plus runners who have completed this iconic city marathon will have their own inspirational story to tell, with the majority of them raising funds to help a huge number of worthwhile causes.

Chris Heaton completed the 26.2 mile course in full business attire raising significant funds to help vulnerable children and young people. Chris is a generous supporter of Brathay's work and no newcomer when it comes to running the magical 26.2 miles. He crossed the finish line as runner number 988,149 on the historical list (1981 to 2016).

News

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The 30th edition of the Langdale Road Races

Congratulations to all that took part!

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Matt Campbell’s fundraising money to support resilience programme for schools

We are excited to announce that the main use of the incredible £371,000 donated so far will be to support young people at risk of poor mental health, through 3.7 – a project working with secondary schools.

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Congratulations to Joss Naylor on completing his Wasdale to Brathay challenge

30 miles of fells aged 82 and not even breaking a sweat.

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Deciding what to do with Matt Campbell’s fundraising money

​Matt Campbell’s untimely death has led to donations in excess of £367,000.

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Special achievement award for Cumbria’s Anne Bland

The achievements of a Staveley woman, linked to our marathon, have been recognised by Joss Naylor MBE.

Sponsors

A special thank you to Pete Bland Sports who are sponsoring our London Marathon Golden Bond runners.

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Training

Whatever your stage of training, whether new to marathon running or an experienced runner, we have a training plan suitable to support your training needs.

Other events

If a big city marathon isn't for you we have other events which may better suit your goals, whether a longer or shorter distance. You may also prefer a cycling or rowing event.

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