Help WaterAid #FinishThirst at the greatest marathon in the world.

22 Apr 2018 | London

Virgin Money London Marathon

When: 22 April 2018

Where: London

Distance: Marathon (26.2 miles)

Registration fee: £100

Sponsorship target: £2,000

This world renowned marathon takes runners past some of the capital’s greatest attractions before heading to the finish line along the Mall. With an amazing atmosphere and great support along the route this will be a race you’ll never forget!

If you would like to be part of the London Marathon 2018, you can apply for a WaterAid charity place. We aim to let all applicants know by the end of October if your application has been successful.

You can also enter the London Marathon ballot. The ballot is only open from the 1st – 5th May 2017 and results will be announced in mid October.

To help support all our runners in the lead up to race day we’ve teamed up with the company Running with Us, to provide you with a training support package.

As a member of our team you’ll receive:

  • A bespoke training plan – suitable for your level of experience
  • Email helpline – ask the coach training, race, nutrition or injury questions
  • Twitter and Facebook ask the coach services and webinar sessions

In addition to this, you will also receive ;

  • A personalised WaterAid running vest or technical t-shirt
  • A fundraising pack to help you meet your targets
  • Fundraising and event resources including balloons, collecting tins and banners
  • Regular newsletters and emails to keep you updated
  • The opportunity to wear our famous WaterAid tap or toilet costumes
  • Support and advice from a dedicated member of the WaterAid events team

Above all, we love hearing from you! If you have a question or just want to chat about your training, get in touch.

How to send sponsorship in

If you've set up a fundraising webpage, the monies donated on-line should be transferred to WaterAid automatically. However, if you've raised money off-line, here is how to get it sent to us: 

It is more efficient and cost effective for us to process sponsorship in batches, which saves funds that can instead be used to help some of the world's poorest people gain access to safe water and sanitation. We therefore ask that you collect as much sponsorship as possible before sending it to:

The Events team
47- 49 Durham Street
London SE11 5JD

Please remember to include the following information when sending in your sponsorship:

  • Your name 
  • What the sponsorship is for  
  • Sponsor form with names/addresses of the sponsors and whether they would like to apply Gift Aid 

We strongly recommend that you send your sponsorship via recorded delivery so that you can track and hopefully retrieve your envelope if it goes missing. Sponsorship does go missing in the post from time to time, and it's hugely disappointing for both runners and the charity, so recorded delivery is always worth the extra effort.