London Marathon 2021

If you’d like to run for Play England in the Virgin Money 2021 London Marathon we’d love to hear from you! 

The London Marathon is a hugely popular event, and demand for places is always exceptionally high. We have a limited number of places available so if you want to take part in the greatest running event in the world while helping to make England a country where every child and young person can fully enjoy their right to play, please apply to run for us.

We’re accepting expressions of interest until midnight on 7 August 2020.

Please email with the following information:

Your Name  

Your phone number

Your email address

And please answer the following three question:           

  1. What’s motivated you to apply to run for Play England?

  2. How will you use the opportunity to raise the profile of Play England?

  3. How do you plan on reaching the minimum sponsorship target of £2,500? (e.g. sharing your online giving page on social media, organising a fundraising event, match funding from your employer).

Thank you so much for your interest in running the London Marathon for Play England!

We are delighted that you are interested in taking part in this iconic event.

Please use no more than 300 words per answer. Plan them carefully and give as much detail as possible as they play an important part in the assessment of your application. We will select a shortlist of potential runners based on the answers. Those on the shortlist will be asked to complete a more detailed application form. Thank you so much for your support and interest in this event.

Why run for Play England?

Play is an essential part of every child’s life. It is vital for the enjoyment of childhood as well as for social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. When children are asked about what they think is important in their lives, playing and friends are usually at the top of the list.

At Play England we work to improve how organisations and local authorities provide for children and young people’s play and informal recreation. We believe that every child has a right to play and that they need time and space to do just that. The benefits to children are wide-ranging from improving their physical and mental health to building resilience through learning how to take risks and solve problems.

We are run entirely by volunteers who give their time to help everyone improve play in their area. Additional funding will secure our work for the future and ensure that children and young people of all backgrounds to discover who they are, and what they can be, through imaginative play. If you are successful in your application to run fo us you will need to pay a registration fee of £100 to secure your place and pledge to raise £2500 for Play England by 31 May 2021.

As a small charity, we endeavour to support you during the course of your fundraising and on the day and we will provide you with a Play England runners vest with your name on it for the event itself.

Note: the date of the marathon is scheduled for 25 April 2021 but this may be subject to change

If you’d like to support us now you can donate here.

Home page image provided courtesy of Virgin Money London Marathon

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