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Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools

We run together

We’re inviting every school across the country to take part in the 2021 Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools. It is a chance for children and young people of all ages and abilities to be part of something amazing by running, jogging, walking or wheeling 2.6 miles in their schools, between Monday 27 September and Friday 22 October. 

By taking part, children will be part of the world’s greatest marathon, joining 50,000 runners completing 26.2 miles on the streets of London in the mass Virgin Money London Marathon, and a further 50,000 people running a virtual event of the same distance across the world.

Last year more than 100,000 children took part in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools. This year, we are aiming to inspire 500,000 children to finish the event between Monday 27 September and Friday 22 October.

Every child who takes part – up to 500,000 – will receive a free commemorative Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools pin badge. There will be lots of other resources available, including downloadable running numbers, posters, certificates, and videos, to help get the London Marathon buzz going at your school.

#WeRunTogether

Inspiring Activity

The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools is all about inspiring children and young people of all ages and abilities to be physically active. Regular exercise has a positive impact on children’s health and fitness and taking part can help start a habit that stays with children for the rest of their lives. Physical activity also supports good mental health and wellbeing – everyone feels happier after they’ve been for a run!

Further information

Any school in the United Kingdom can take part in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools. Children and young people up to the age of 18 can participate. They can complete the 2.6 miles in whatever way is appropriate for their age and abilities. They can finish the distance over one day, two days, three days or more – you decide. You can organise the event any time between Monday 27 September and Friday 22 October.

Resources

    • Running number

      Children can wear their own running number with pride – just like participants in the mass and virtual events!

    • Social media assets

      Let everyone know your school is getting involved by using these posts on your social channels

    • Poster

      Publicise the event across your school community and get children excited about taking part

    • Certificate

      Use to show you’ve taken part in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools

    • Running number

      Children can wear their own running number with pride – just like participants in the mass and virtual events!

    • Social media assets

      Let everyone know your school is getting involved by using these posts on your social channels

    • Poster

      Publicise the event across your school community and get children excited about taking part

    • Certificate

      Use to show you’ve taken part in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools

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Raise funds for a good cause

The Virgin Money London Marathon and fundraising go hand-in-hand. Since the London Marathon started in 1981, more than £1 billion has been raised for good causes. Why not make your Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools a fundraising event that the whole community can join in with?

You could raise money for your school – it’s a great way to give your playground a boost or find some extra funds for sports equipment – or a chosen charity. The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools is the perfect opportunity to get parents, carers, and the local community all working together for a good cause.

All schools taking part can register for free with Virgin Money Giving’s not-for-profit fundraising platform (this normally costs £150). As soon as you are registered you can set up a campaign page for your school and get fundraising straight away.

Look in the resources section where you’ll find a downloadable poster and a certificate when you’ve finished fundraising to show the whole school community how much you have raised.

Register today to get your fundraising page set up in no time at all.

FAQs

  • Just complete your entry details here. Let us know how many children will be taking part in your school. You can confirm the exact number after the event but please give an accurate figure as best as you can – make sure you give a maximum number as this will mean we can allocate the pin badges to the first 500,000 children taking part (in other words you won’t be able to increase the number of children who took part when you confirm numbers). You will receive a confirmation email and then an email after the event where you can confirm the actual number of children who took part.
  • Once you are registered, you can start planning the event in your school. Look in the resources section and download everything you need – running numbers for the children and posters to spread the word. Decide where and when the children will be completing their 2.6 miles – remember that you can do this over one day, two days, three days or more, depending on the ages and abilities of the children. Think about whether you want to raise funds for your school or a charity and head to the fundraising section to set up your fundraising page – spread the word to your school community!
  • Any school in the United Kingdom can take part.
  • The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools is for UK schools to enter and complete during the school day, so parents/carers are not able to enter their children. We would encourage parents and carers to speak to their school though and ask them to take part.
  • You can measure the exact distance if you want to and if you have time. If not, feel free to use a rough estimate of the distance. The most important thing is that children are getting out of breath and feel the benefits of physical activity.

    If your school does The Daily Mile (15 minutes of jogging or running) then, as a rough guide, completing three ‘Daily Miles’ counts as completing the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools.

  • We’d like children to get out of breath if they can, as this is what helps them become fitter and healthier. Some children might run the whole time, others might jog or slow down to get their breath back. Children with disabilities can complete the event in a way that meets their needs – whether that’s walking, pushing themselves, being pushed, walking with crutches, or in whatever other way they can. The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools is for all children and young people!
  • It does. You can do The Daily Mile as you normally would – 15 minutes of jogging or running at their own pace counts as one mile.  If you complete The Daily Mile three times then that counts as being roughly equivalent to completing the 2.6 miles of the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools. 
  • When all your children have completed the event, you will receive a further email from us before the end of October to confirm the number of children who participated. We will then send a Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools pin badge to those who were among the first 500,000 children who registered and then completed the event. You can also download and print off a certificate for all children who took part.
  • We will send out pin badges to 500,000 children – these will be sent to schools that registered first and then went on to complete the event. We will aim to send these out to you by the end of November 2021 and will contact you to let you know if there is any delay.
  • To start fundraising, simply sign up on Virgin Money Giving so you can raise money for your school or charity. You can contact their helpdesk for any questions, and they’ll help get you up and running in no time. For ideas or inspiration, check out their Fundraising Hub.
  • Plans for this event are still being finalised. Team Managers will be contacted by the end of July with an update.