Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

  • Sunday 7th April 2019 - Sunday 28th April 2019
  • 9:30 am
  • Central London

Please note that the exact date is yet to be confirmed, but likely to be a Sunday in April 2019.

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 2019 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.

Apply for places here

Migraine Trust charity places

The London Marathon is an incredible event and possibly the best-known Marathon around the world, with 40,000 runners and an absolutely incredible atmosphere. Because of its popularity, we have to be really selective as each year we receive many more applications than places available. Places require a £50 deposit, we ask in return that you pledge to raise at least £2,000 in sponsorship for our charity.

Places are awarded based on the strength of applications, so we ask applicants to consider and explain in detail the motivation to run for The Migraine Trust and plans to reach the target. This means your connection to the cause is so important, so please do tell us about your experience with migraine. Your experience with fundraising, your passion for both running and the charity are also really important, so make sure you communicate this to us!

You can apply for a place by sending us a completed application.

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

What you get

By choosing to fundraise for The Migraine Trust you join #TeamMigraine and gain access to:

  • A free running vest to train in and race with on the day of the event.
  • A friendly, committed team to provide you with support and advice for your marathon experience.
  • An online community of #TeamMigraine fundraisers, where you can share advice, ask questions and receive resources to share on social media.
  • Regular emails with marathon updates, tips and hints.
  • Fundraising resources such as collection tins, fundraising packs and more to help you with your activities.
  • Support from The Migraine Trust team at the event, cheering you to the finish line!

Ballot entry

The Virgin Money London Marathon operate a public ballot entry system, which is open from April 30th until May 5th. You should hear about your places in October. If you are one of the lucky few to secure your own place, we would love for you to run for migraine as we could really benefit from your help. Unlike our charity place runners, we won’t ask you to make a fundraising pledge, but we will offer the exact 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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