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Virgin Money London Marathon

About

Apply for a charity place 

 Join our team

Where: London

When: Sunday 26 April 2015

The iconic Virgin London Marathon is a truly amazing event and offers everything you could want from a race – a high quality course, enthusiastic charity runners and an inspiring and interesting route. Family, friends, television crews and, of course, Breast Cancer Care gather to cheer on our amazing marathon runners... will you be one of them in 2015?

How to join in

If you entered the ballot on Tuesday 22 April we have our fingers and toes crossed for you ready for when the results are announced in October.  If you’re successful through the ballot, we’d love to welcome you to Team Breast Cancer Care. 

There’s no minimum sponsorship to raise if you have your own place through the ballot, we just ask that you raise as much as you can, but you still receive the same fantastic support and benefits as our charity place runners.

Join our team with your ballot place

Our Gold Bond Charity Places

Increase your chances of being on the start line for this fantastic event by applying for a charity place to join Team Breast Cancer Care. If successful, our entry fee is £50 and minimum sponsorship £1,750. We provide lots of top tips and support to help you raise this (and more!) as well as helping you prepare with training plans and advice.  

We receive many more applications than we have places so please do include as much information on your application form as possible for us to take into consideration when allocating our places.

Apply for a gold bond place for 2015

Fundraising targets

Gold bond charity place runners
Registration fee: £50
Minimum sponsorship: £1,750

Own place runners
If you entered the ballot you will find out if you have a place in October. You can then:
1. Join our team
2. Raise as much as you can for Breast Cancer Care

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How we will support you

  • a state of the art running vest
  • a support pack full of fundraising and training advice 
  •  support and advice from a dedicated member of the sports team
  • regular newsletters and emails to keep you updated
  • support from our cheering points along the route
  • a complimentary massage after you finish
  • a post marathon party to celebrate your achievement with family, friends and our other runners.

Your resources

Fundraising

Training and stretching guides

 

Fundraising

Reaching your fundraising target can be a challenge, but don’t worry as we have some useful tips to help you plan and coordinate your fundraising.

Check out our seasonal fundraising ideas to ensure that your fundraising is fresh and on trend.

For our 2013 runners, all sponsorship should be collected and returned to Breast Cancer Care by Monday 22 July 2013. (Date for 2014 TBC).

Winter fundraising tips

Spring fundraising tips

Summer fundraising tips

Autumn fundraising tips

Social networks

2939 Remember, it’s your network of friends, family, colleagues and contacts who will support you with your training and fundraising. Keep them updated every step of the way with your Facebook profile, blog or Twitter account.  

Tell them how your training is going (with pictures for added impact) and let them know how you’re getting on with your fundraising target. You can even upload pictures on the day to show everyone your progress along the route! If you follow Breast Cancer Care on Facebook and Twitter, we’ll keep you up to date with the goings-on here, and keep you on track with support and tips.

Fundraising materials

Download your very own fundraising planner to follow to ensure that your fundraising activities run as smoothly as possible.

Use this downloadable poster to promote your fundraising events.

Online fundraising

Now you can raise sponsorship without all the hassle. No more dealing with cash and cheques, no more chasing friends after the event. Simply create a free, online fundraising page, personalise it with a photo and message, and email it to your friends, family and work colleagues. They can donate quickly and securely online with a credit or debit card. Online donations from UK taxpayers are worth almost a third more to us with Gift Aid, which can be claimed on online donations. Follow the instructions to set up your unique JustGiving page or Virgin Money Giving page.

Once you’ve created your page, email the link to friends, family, colleagues and classmates. You can even add the JustGiving application or Virgin Money Giving page to your Facebook page to make it even easier for your friends to donate.

For more information or help setting up your page, visit www.justgiving.com or www.virginmoneygiving.com.

Please note: Money will only be attributed to the person who set up the online fundraising or Virgin Money Giving page, so please do not set up joint pages as we are unable to share the money between several people.

How do I pay in my sponsorship?

There are few ways in which your sponsorship money will reach us:

JustGiving

If you have decided to create a Justgiving fundraising page, then you do not need to do anything as all your sponsorship money will automatically be sent directly to our bank account. Please note that it can take up to four weeks to show up on your fundraising record at Breast Cancer Care.

Cheque

Please send all cheques to the address below:

Breast Cancer Care Events
Admail 4161
London 
SE1 0ZB           

Don’t forget to write your name, Breast Cancer Care number and event name on the back of your cheques.

Online

You can also pay money in directly on the Breast Cancer Care website. If you use our online paying in function then please remember to send us your sponsorship forms so that we can claim Gift Aid.

Enclosed in your welcome pack, which you will receive when you register for your event, will be your pay-in forms. You can send them to us along with your sponsorship money and sponsorship forms. Please do not send cash in the post.

Once you join Team Breast Cancer Care we will provide you with further fundraising tips and ideas!

FAQs

Questions

How do I sign up?
What is the minimum fundraising total I have to raise?
Will I receive a vest to wear on the day?
When will my welcome pack arrive?
What happens on the day?
Can I collect sponsorship online?
How do I pay in my sponsorship?
How do I withdraw from the event?
All other questions

Answers

How do I sign up?

Please visit our 'About' section for information how to sign up.

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What is the minimum fundraising total I have to raise?

If you have your own place in the race then there is no minimum sponsorship target – we just ask that you try and raise as much as you can. 

If you have one of our Gold Bond guaranteed places then we ask that you pledge to raise a minimum of £1,750 in sponsorship. 

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Will I receive a vest to wear on the day?

Yes. We will send you a state of the art running vest to you in the post about a month before race day. Please remember to specify which vest size you would like when confirming your place.

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When will my welcome pack arrive?

We will send out your welcome pack in the post within two weeks of you signing up to join our team. While you wait for the pack to arrive, please click on the Fundraising tab (above) for some great hints and tips to get you started.

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What happens on the day?

Please visit the Race day tab for all the details about what to expect on race day.

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Can I collect sponsorship online?

Yes. We recommend you sign up to Virgin Money Giving and follow their easy step-by-step guide to create your own online fundraising page. All money raised through your page will be automatically sent through to us and allocated to your record. 

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How do I pay in my sponsorship?

The easiest way to pay in your money online. Please note that if you choose to pay your money online via our website we will only be able to claim for Gift Aid if you send us the relevant sponsorship forms. You can also send cheques in the post to:

Breast Cancer Care Events
Admail 4161
London SE1 0ZB        

Don’t forget to write your name, Breast Cancer Care number and Event name on the back of your cheques.

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How do I withdraw from the event?

If you have a guaranteed charity place - to withdraw from the event, please notify us by calling 0345 092 0804 before 17 April.

If you have an your own place - follow the instructions on the London Marathon website on how to withdraw from the event. You must complete the necessary withdraw form.

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All other questions

For all other questions or queries on the event, please see the London Marathon website, email sporting@breastcancercare.org.uk or call 0345 092 0804. 

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