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Run the TCS London Marathon 2024 for Paget's
Sunday 21 April 2024
Each year the Paget's Association has a limited number of places for anyone who wants to raise vital funds and take part in the London Marathon. This world-famous 26.2-mile route takes in many of the capital’s finest landmarks. If you are successful in your application for one of the Association’s places, all we ask in return is a commitment to raise a minimum of £1,500. All the information you need to apply for a Paget’s Golden Bond place is below.
Before completing the application form, please read the Information for applicants and the Terms and conditions below.
Information for applicants
The Paget’s Association is a UK charity with a limited number of London Marathon Golden Bond places available. Selection is based on the information given on your application form, so please provide as much information as possible. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible. The Paget’s Association does not include Gift Aid in the sponsorship total. We do, however, ask you to encourage your supporters to tick the Gift Aid box when donating.
Should you require further information please contact the Paget’s Association’s office by emailing email@example.com or by calling 0161 799 4646.
Terms and conditions
- The selection for places in the London Marathon will be made by the Paget’s Association and applicants will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible.
- You must be at least 18 years of age by the date you run in the London Marathon.
- You must complete the pledge section of this form. If you are successful in your application, you are pledging to raise a minimum of £1,500 (exclusive of Gift Aid) by 30th June in the year that you run the London Marathon for the Paget’s Association. To show your commitment, we recommend that you register with an online fundraising platform at the earliest opportunity to help meet your target amount by this date.
- The Paget’s Association reserves the right to remove your name from the Marathon Registration Console if you do not adhere to our Terms and Conditions.
- Successful applicants will be required to pay a registration fee of £50.00 to secure their place (details will be provided when the places are allocated).
- You must inform the Paget’s Association, as soon as possible, of any reason you are unable to take part in the TCS London Marathon.
- You must read the information for runners that is provided by the organisers of the London Marathon, which can be found on their website and please also read anything that is sent to you by email or post.
Brendan ran for his Grandad
Brendan ran the London Marathon in memory of his grandad, Frank, who had Paget's disease, as did his great grandad. Brendan watched his grandad deteriorate from an active person, who went ballroom dancing 5 times a week, to someone who relied on an electric scooter to get around. Brendan explains:
"Prior to his death, my Grandad was an avid supporter of the Paget’s Association and I know he appreciated the support they offered. He took part in various Paget’s treatment research projects, and raised hundreds of pounds for the Charity, through raffles and cake sales (expertly crafted by my grandma) at local dances. The fundraising even continued after his death, as we donated £300 to the Paget’s Association, collected in donations at his funeral.
As a teenager, I was a competitive runner, competing at county level up to the age of 15. At this point, I drifted into other sports and haven’t really done any training for around 20 years. I’ve always wanted to run the London Marathon but have managed to come up with various excuses over the years as to why I didn’t. The need to dedicate time to training for one, be that work commitments, children or home improvements. I’m at the point now that I don’t really have any excuses left and as my Grandad suffered from hereditary Paget’s disease, there is a chance it could affect me too. I decided that if I didn’t take the plunge now, it would only get harder and harder each year that I left it.
I'm pleased to say that I completed the marathon in 4 hours 46 minutes. It was slower than I wanted but I couldn't train for the final 3 weeks due to a foot injury, so I'm just glad I managed to make it round. I've had some great support and raised £1,122 for the Paget's Association. Unfortunately, we spent the Friday evening before the big day, in the Accident and Emergency department with my son (he's called Frank, after my Grandad) after a fall at school, hence the stitches on his nose. It wasn't the best preparation for Sunday!"
The Paget's Association would like to thank Brendan and all our runners for their fantastic efforts.
Could you run for us in an event?
If you are taking up any other challenge why not consider raising funds for Paget's at the same time? Paget’s running vests and cycle wear are available to order for events. For the current event, see the news section of this website or contact us for details.
If you are taking part in an event and fundraising for Paget's, do send us your photos and training news for publication on this website and in our newsletter.