Run a Marathon for Paget's
Virgin London Marathon
The London Marathon is one of the biggest running events in the world. It has been held each spring since 1981. The race is currently sponsored by Virgin Money, as the Virgin London Marathon. It is set over a largely flat course around the River Thames, beginning at three separate points around Blackheath finishing in the Mall alongside St. James’s Park.
In addition to being one of the top five international marathons run over the traditional distance of 26 miles and 385 yards, (42.195km) the London Marathon is also a large celebratory sporting festival with around 30,000 amateur, club and fun runners taking part in the event. Many of these participants run to raise money for their favoured charities. Since 1981 the event has raised over £450 million for charity.
How to enter
There are two ways of entering the Virgin London Marathon:
1. Through the organisers, Virgin London Marathon, for a ballot place (own place).
2. Through the Charity of your choice, The Paget’s Association, for a guaranteed place (Golden Bond Place).
The Virgin London Marathon application form and supporting information will be here when we have opened applications for 2021
If you would like to express your interest in running the London Marathon for the Paget's Association, please contact us.
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.
If you are interested in running for us, please get in touch.
Could you run for Paget's in an event?
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. Contact us
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.