London Landmarks Half Marathon 2021: help us rebuild our running team!

Tony Britton, PR and Fundraising Manager, ME Association

We’re rebuilding the team that will take next year’s London Landmarks Half Marathon by storm! After the cancellation of this year’s event, the next race will be held on 23 May 2021.

We now have 20 guaranteed places on offer to runners who are over the age of 17 and can expect to complete the distance within four hours.

Already eight members of this year’s team have told us they want to re-enter in 2021. The event will take in lots of twists and turns in central London from Duncannon Street near The Strand to the finishing line in Whitehall.

The ME Association will be paying £127 for each place and we will be asking all potential team mates to commit to raising at least £250, hopefully more, for the charity before race day.

The race organisers, Tommy’s, have teamed up with the Great Run Company – who already stage the Great North and Great South Runs – to make this closed-road event as safe as it can be for all 14,500 entrants.

The organisers commented:

“We know there is a still lot of uncertainty about events in the current climate and, while we cannot predict where we will be as a nation in eight months’ time, we hope our date change provides a greater buffer against any potential future impact caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We’d like to say a very special thank you to Westminster City Council, the City of London Corporation, Transport for London and our other agency partners for their ongoing support, and for working with us to find a new date in the busy London calendar.”

If you were due to take part in the cancelled 2020 event, please see the London Landmark’s FAQ page which sets out the next steps.

Fancy dress will be welcome next year, providing costumes don’t actually slow down the runners to the point where it will take longer than four hours to run the distance. The roads have to be reopened then.

Undertaking an event involving activity and endurance of this nature, requires an individual to be physically fit. People who have M.E. should not be entering such events, but friends and family members might like to take on this challenge on their behalf to raise awareness about M.E. and funds for the ME Association.

In 2021, the event will shine a spotlight on the landmark moments of how the nation is coming together during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It will bring to life:

  • The Grand: Celebrating the grand, heroic, and incredible actions and services delivered by the nation’s key workers.
  • The Quirky: Showcasing the quirky and light-hearted moments of lockdown life to make you smile.
  • The Hidden: Remembering the daily kind gestures of neighbours and small sacrifices that went unseen.

If you would like to join the ME Association team, please contact our fundraising manager Tony Britton on 07946 760811 or email: tony.britton@meassociation.org.uk 

Tell him about your fitness level and any races you’ve already taken part in. He will need that information in case we become over-subscribed on numbers.

Tony will ask prospective runners to sign a short agreement before adding new names to the team.

Successful applicants will be able to start loading up their details at the race console, once that goes live in November.

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