Virgin Money London Marathon
The Trust has a small number of charity places available each year for this world renowned running event.
2018 London Marathon
The next race will take place on 22 April 2018. We have already made our initial selection of runners, however, please email Daisy Clark at email@example.com if you'd like to be added to our Reserves list, or if you're interested in running the London Marathon for us in 2019.
Our 2017 London Marathon runners, Alex, Paul, Len and Kevin, went above and beyond to raise money for our work to protect and enhance wild places and we cannot thank them enough. As well as training for and running the marathon, they have also managed to raise more than £4,000 for the Trust through their fundraising efforts.
You can read their stories below, and there's still time to support them with a donation if you can.
Our fundraisers are a constant source of inspiration, raising money for the Trust in many different ways. Find out how you can get involved here.
I have never run a marathon before but hey I never hiked before I started a 2,665 mile hike with a backpack before either and I survived that, so how hard can a marathon be... My name is Len 'Prancer' Visser and I've just finished the Pacific Crest Trail and the John Muir Trail in America, a hike that took me 170 days, through the back country and wilderness of America's national parks and wilderness. I've stood on top of Muir's Pass, I've wandered through Yosemite and I've seen the wild Sierras. Never have I felt such a connection with raw nature. It's a magical place and I would like it to stay, and it's thanks to John Muir that it is this way. And now I can do something to raise money and awareness for a trust that bears the name of the man that made sure that even presidents were aware of the significance of wild country, now that would be a grand thing to do wouldn't it?
I guess I have a fear of impending mortality and running is my way of pushing away that mortality as far into the future as possible! I am not even sure I even enjoy running; I really do not think about it but see it as natural and necessary as breathing. What I do enjoy is mountain hiking and open spaces and that is why John Muir seemed like a natural fit for me and a way that I could in a very small way contribute to preserve these open spaces. Why London? After running the Boston, Chicago and Berlin Marathons I noticed that I was halfway through completing the Marathon Majors, so am now intent on completing the London, New York and Tokyo races and complete the set. It will give me something to aim for over the next few years.
You can support Paul with a donation here.
I'm honoured by the opportunity to run the London Marathon for the benefit of the John Muir Trust. Having moved to Scotland a few years ago, I instantly fell in love with the beauty of Scottish wilderness. Hence I appreciate how important are the Trust's efforts to preserve it for the future generations. I can only imagine the amount of time, effort and resource it takes JMT to carry on with its activities, so I'm delighted to be able to support it with my fundraising. Running a marathon is no small feat, and although I've done a few in the past I'm very serious about my training and preparation for the London event. It's one of the best marathons in the world and I'm sure that I'll enjoy every minute of it!
Check out Alex's fundraising page and support him with a donation.
I’m not sure why I decided to run the London Marathon. There are obvious answers. I enjoy running and it’s a chance to invest some time and energy into supporting what the Trust does. My ‘running widow’ is being incredibly supportive, as are my colleagues here at the Trust where I also work. I just hope to get round in one piece – and am still trying to persuade myself that my time on the day doesn’t matter. It’s also starting to dawn on me that I need to start badgering everyone to donate to my fundraising appeal. Come on folks. My legs are killing me. Give a few quid.
You can read more about Kevin's run and support him with a donation here.