Virgin Money London Marathon 2018

  • Sunday 22nd April 2018
  • 9:30 am
  • Central London
  • Fundraising target: £1500

The London Marathon is now established as one of the major events in the sporting calendar and the biggest annual fundraising event nationwide. Over 35,000 people run the famous 26.2 mile route through central London, from Blackheath to The Mall. Read on to find out how you can run the London Marathon in 2018 for The Migraine Trust.

Run for migraine

Did you know that eight million people suffer from migraine in the UK? No other neurological condition affects so many people. The Migraine Trust is working to raise awareness of migraine and support sufferers, however, we are a small charity and need your support to continue this work. By taking part in the London Marathon 2018 you will help us to raise much needed funds. You will also help raise awareness of migraine and The Migraine Trust among your friends, family and colleagues.

Join our 2018 team

Join our team and you will be running with Joseph, who was granted a Migraine Trust PhD Studentship in 2016 to support his studies investigating migraine. Visit his JustGiving fundraising page >

Other members of our 2018 marathon team:

Apply now for a Migraine Trust charity place

Our charity places are limited. Each year we receive many more applications than places available owing to the huge interest in the London Marathon. Whilst our places are free, we ask in return that you pledge to raise at least £1,500 in sponsorship for our charity.

To apply for one of our places please complete and return our application form below. Places are awarded to the strongest applications, so please consider and explain in detail your motivation to run for The Migraine Trust and how you will reach your sponsorship target.

We recommend submitting your application as early as possible. Our application deadline has been extended to 25 September 2017, but we have already started to award places. We will notify applicants whether or not they have been successful by 31 October 2017 at the latest.

If you have questions please get in touch with our fundraising team via our contact form.

Ballot entry

The Virgin Money London Marathon operate a public ballot entry system, which was open for five days in May 2017 for places in the 2018 race. All those who entered the ballot will find out in October whether or not they have been successful. If you are one of the lucky few to secure your own place, we would love for you to run for migraine. Unlike our charity place runners, we won’t ask you to make a fundraising pledge, but we will offer the same fundraising support. If you’d like to run for migraine, please contact our fundraising team via our contact form to let us know.

Worried that exercise might make your migraine worse?

You might be worried that physical activity could make your migraine worse, as many people have noted exercise can be a trigger for migraine.  However, research suggests that moderate aerobic exercise can have a therapeutic effect on migraine possibly reducing the frequency and severity of migraine attacks.

Benefits of exercise include reducing stress, improving the quality of sleep patterns and producing a feeling of well being.  Exercise also stimulates your body to release natural pain controlling chemicals and natural anti-depressant chemicals.  Embarking on a well planned exercise program could lead to better management of your condition and a possible reduction of medication.

Read our information on exercise and migraine for further details.

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