The world's greatest marathon has a landmark-packed little sister, The Big Half - guarantee your entry today with a charity place.
After a hugely successful debut in 2018 and follow-up in 2019, the Big Half is back for 2020! It's essentially a one-day running festival centred around a half marathon. Celebrating the amazing cultural diversity of London, this event promises a party atmosphere and a truly iconic route through the heart of London.
The Big Half will start in waves from 9am. You will need to head to your assigned wave by 8:40am.
2020 route TBC later this year. Last year's route took runners through four London boroughs, starting by Tower Bridge and finishing at the iconic Cutty Sark.
The Little Half - a fun, family friendly mass participation run for all ages and abilities. Entry is FREE to under 18's and just £5 for all other participants.
The Big Relay - exclusively open to community groups from the host boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Greenwich. Participants will be able to run in teams of four, each person will run one leg of The Big Relay.
The best way for spectators to reach different parts of the course is via public transport. With many roads being closed throughout the day, London Overground and Underground train services are recommended. Make sure to travel light in comfortable clothes and be aware of how busy Greenwich will be around the finish area.
There's plenty to do in London if you're looking to make a weekend of it.
Need something to entertain the kids? Take a ride on the magnificent London Eye or pop over to London Zoo in Regent's Park to meet over 650 species of animals.
"I did the inaugural event last year and again in 2019 and enjoyed running it. It's a good training run for a spring marathon. Great organisation. Would definitely recommend it anyone looking for an early spring fun run." - Dasen Pather
"Excellent run if you're looking for one in the capital." - Charlotte Weatherall
"My first Big Half didn't disappoint. I will be back in 2020." - Matt Hudson
The best way to guarantee your entry is by securing a charity place. Many UK charities offer entry in return for raising funds. This means you become part of a charity team in the run-up to the event, on the big day itself and beyond!
A second phase of entries will go on sale in the autumn. The best way to secure your entry in the Big Half is with a charity place!
Just fundraise £300 towards defeating meningitis
The Big Half is a celebration at the heart of London with DJs, bands, food and plenty of colour along the route.
Join #TeamMRF and take part in this incredible event to run for a world free from meningitis.
"I was really honoured to be able to run for #TeamMRF, it's a really small way of giving back for all the support we've had over the last 3 years." - Clare McGrath, #TeamMRF runner 2019
Secure your charity place and fundraise for your chosen cause - choose a charity below to get started.
No child should grow up to be poor or lonely just because they are blind
Every day four children are diagnosed with sight loss. The Royal Society for Blind Children works to help blind and partially sighted children and young people across England and Wales to live without limits; through their national and local advisors, social and independence groups, forums and education facilities.
Money you raise can help them reach 11,000 children and young people by 2020.
Registered no: 307892.
Defeating meningitis and septicaemia.
Meningitis is fast acting and devastating. It can kill an otherwise healthy person within 24 hours and kills one in ten people who contract it.
A leading UK and international charity bringing together people and expertise to defeat meningitis and septicaemia wherever it exists.
Funding research into prevention, detection and treatment; providing life-saving awareness and information; and supporting people who have lost a loved one or are coping with after effects.
Registered no: 1091105.
Care and support for children with a long-term or complex health condition.
Over 100,000 children and young people in the UK are living with serious or life limiting health needs. WellChild helps them to be cared for at home rather than in hospital by their WellChild Nurses and Helping Hands home improvement initiative which transforms gardens and bedrooms.
£25 raised can pay for an hour's nurse care and £500 can fund a week's research to help children with serious brain injury.
Registered no: 289600.
Living for today, creating memories for tomorrow.
Richard House Children's Hospice provides palliative care to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across London, and support for their families.
With an aim of maintaining a happy and positive environment £25 you raise could pay a specialist music session enabling children with throat tubes to communicate through sound or £50 could help a family create a memory box or book.
Registered no: 1059029.
A full life for everyone affected by epilepsy.
Epilepsy Society are the leading national epilepsy medical charity working for everyone affected by epilepsy.
Through our cutting edge research, fundraising and awareness campaigns, and expert care, we want everyone affected by epilepsy to have the best opportunity for a full life – as free from seizures as possible.
We set out to make a difference to every person affected by epilepsy whatever their background, however seriously it affects them, and whether they have the condition themselves or are close to someone with epilepsy.
Registered no: 206186.
Funding research to slow, stop and reverse Parkinson’s
The Cure Parkinson’s Trust is the only organisation in the UK solely dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s. At CPT we believe that we are closer than ever to new treatments that for the first time will slow, stop or even reverse the progression of the Parkinson's.
Registered no: 1111816.
No one should have to face cancer alone.
Macmillan Cancer Support wants to make sure no one has to face cancer alone. A cancer diagnosis can change everything, so we're here to help you with anything from money worries to advice about work, healthcare options to just needing someone to talk to. We're a constant source of support to people affected by cancer and their families and carers.
As treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. We fund specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres to help provide cutting edge support.
We rely completely on our supporters to help us make sure that people facing the toughest fight of their lives don't have to do it alone.
Registered no: 261017.
Every day three people in the UK are paralysed due to spinal cord injury.
As the UK’s leading charity, Spinal Research funds medical research around the world to develop effective treatments for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.
Clinical treatments and tools are developed to help understand the injury caused, and improve the devastating effects on breathing, hand movement, bladder and bowel control, and daily living.
Our innovative research has funded many experimental treatments to restore movement and feeling in a research laboratory setting and we are determined to see these treatments transferred to the clinic - transforming the lives of paralysed people.
Not only does our medical research benefit people with a spinal cord injury but also other conditions including multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, stroke, dementia and motor neurone disease.
Registered no: 1151015.
We’re the Parkinson’s support and research charity. Help us find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.
Around one UK adult in every 350 is diagnosed with Parkinson's, a progressive brain condition that can affect movement, sleep, memory and mental health.
Parkinson's UK funds ground-breaking research into a cure and new treatments, campaigns for better awareness and provides support to people affected by Parkinson's.
You can help raise funds where £20 funds an hour of specialist nursing care, £48 funds a clinical researcher for two hours or £140 pays for ten helpline advisers to provide advice and information.
Registered no: 258197.
We help children into education in the world's toughest areas.
121 million school-aged children are currently out of education world-wide. Millions more children are in school but failing to learn. Street Child believes that achieving universal basic education is the single greatest step that can be taken towards the elimination of global poverty.
Street Child prides itself on being willing to go to the world’s toughest places where others won’t, including remote, hard-to-reach areas and fragile, disaster-affected states.
What's more, there's never been a better time to fundraise for Street Child. All donations to Street Child's 'Count Me In' appeal (including your fundraising!) made before 21st February 2019 will be matched by the UK government up to £2m!
Registered no: 1128536.
Providing free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally.
Smile Train has changed the lives of more than 1.5 million children in 90+ countries through training and support given to medical professionals worldwide to enabling them to provide free cleft surgery.
Over 200,000 babies a year are born with a cleft but it can take only 45 minutes to perform the surgery. £150 raised can pay for a cleft surgery or even £30 can cover the cost of an overnight stay in hospital.
Registered no: 1114748.
Care and support for people with MND, their families and carers.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord leaving people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves. It's fatal with no known cure. We fund vital research into causes, treatments and a cure, providing care and support to those affected and raise awareness of the disease throughout society.
Registered no: 294354.
Every childhood is worth fighting for.
The NSPCC specialises in child protection by changing UK laws, seeking to protect children at risk of abuse or supporting children that have been abused to rebuild their lives.
Around 90% of their income comes from public donations where just £3 could pay for their Speak out. Stay Safe programme to reach a child in primary school or £40 could pay to answer 10 Childline calls from children in need of help.
Registered no: 216401/SC037717.
Beating bowel cancer together
Increasingly affecting those in their 20s and 30s, over 16,000 people in the UK die of Bowel cancer annually making it the UK’s second biggest cancer killer.
Bowel Cancer UK provides support to improve the quality of life for patients and their families, but it is a preventable and curable disease, so their ultimate vision is to save all lives through research, campaigns and education.
Just £25 raised could help campaign for improvements to the screening programme or £50 can help improve surgical techniques for bowel cancer patients.
Registered no: 1071038.
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