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!
Make a difference to seriously ill children in the UK.
This is your chance to run part of the London Marathon route on closed streets.
Fundraise just £250 for Team WellChild and receive:
Secure your charity place and fundraise for your chosen cause - choose a charity below to get started.
Together we will defeat meningitis and septicaemia.
Meningitis Research Foundation is a leading UK and international charity that brings together people and expertise to defeat meningitis and septicaemia wherever it exists.
Meningitis is fast acting and devastating. It can kill an otherwise healthy person within 24 hours and kills 1 in 10 people who contract it. Meningitis Research Foundation fund research into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia, provide life-saving awareness information and support 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.
There are thousands of children and young people in the UK living with a long-term or complex health condition. WellChild is the national charity working to ensure the best possible care and support for all these children and their families wherever they are and whenever they need it.
Through our UK-wide network of children’s nurses, home adaptation projects, family support groups and research, we make it possible for children with serious illness to be cared for at home with their families wherever possible.
Registered no: 289600.
Secure your place for £15
No child should grow up to be poor or lonely just because they are blind
The Royal Society for Blind Children believe in a better life for blind children.
We are on a mission to make sure every single blind child has the self-belief and skills to fulfil the potential we know they’ve got. Make no mistake – helping blind children to believe they can achieve will take time and money. But we’ll do it from the ground up, working with our wonderful donors and volunteers to deliver the five things we believe will transform the life chances of every blind child in England and Wales.
How are we going to do it?
Registered no: 307892.
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.
Every hour, two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson’s – a brain condition that turns lives upside down, leaving a future full of uncertainty. Parkinson’s UK is here to make sure people have whatever they need to take back control – from information to inspiration.
We want everyone to get the best health and social care. So we bring professionals together to drive improvements that enable people to live life to the full.Ultimately, we want to end Parkinson’s. That’s why we inspire and support the international research community to develop life-changing treatments, faster. And we won’t stop until we find a cure.
Together we can bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson’s.
Registered no: 258197.
Funding medical research projects to secure a future without prostate cancer.
The mission of PCRC is to develop new therapy for men with advanced prostate cancer. The immediate goal is to increase survival and our vision is a cure for the disease.
The Prostate Cancer Research Centre is the only charity solely focused on funding world class scientists developing new treatments for advanced prostate cancer.
Prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in men. Over 11,000 men die every year in the UK and the number increases every year.
Advanced prostate cancer is treated with hormone therapy, developed in the 1940s. Hormone therapy is still the primary and most effective treatment for advanced prostate cancer. Consequently, survival rates have improved little over the last 70 years. New and more effective therapy is urgently needed.
We are dedicated to improving the survival of the next generation of men and better treatment can only come through research.
Registered no: 1156027.
Every childhood is worth fighting for.
Together we can help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives. Together we can protect children at risk. And, together, we can find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.
We change the law. We visit schools across the country, helping children understand what abuse is. And, through our Childline service, we give young people a voice when no one else will listen.
But all this is only possible with your support.
Every pound raised, every petition you sign, every minute of your time, will help make sure we can fight for every childhood.
Registered no: 216401/SC037717.
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.
Living for today, creating memories for tomorrow.
Providing care and support to children and young people who are at risk of death because of a life-limiting or life-threatening health condition.
We deliver clinical care, short breaks and other residential services to children and young adults, while supporting their families through things like counselling and bereavement support. With a focus on living for today, we also offer a fun activities for all the family to enjoy.
Registered no: 1059029.
Beating bowel cancer together
Bowel cancer is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer with over 16,000 people dying annually of a disease that is preventable, treatable and curable.
We are determined to change that. As the UK's leading bowel cancer charity, our purpose is clear: we are determined to save lives, improve the quality of life and support all those affected by bowel cancer in the UK. We fund targeted research, provide expert information and support to patients and their families, educate the public and professionals about the disease and campaign for early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care.
Our vision is of a world where no one dies of bowel cancer, but we can't do this alone. Tomorrow can't wait. Join us and help us stop people dying of bowel cancer today.
Registered no: 1071038.
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.
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.
Providing free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally.
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive.
Registered no: 1114748.
There are 2 ways to secure your place in The Big Half.
Secure your place at the start line with one of our charity partners.
Click here for the full selection of charity places.
This event operates a ballot, which means your name is put in a 'hat' and places are drawn out randomly. If you don't get a ballot place, the only way to take part is with a charity place.
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