The London Marathon

Perhaps the most sought after marathon around the world, the London Marathon brings both professional runners and charity fundraisers together in this remarkable event. The first London Marathon was held in 1981 (number one single – – Call Me | Blondie ) and this years Marathon 2010 is the 30th anniversary of the race. 2010 – 1981 = 29 30 !!

The event has grown to include 30,000 runners and is perhaps the single most important fundraising charity event for even the largest UK charities.  News today that this years marathon is expected to take the total since 1981 to half a billion pounds in fundraising revenue from sponsorship and charity donation.

The marathon, a charity itself, has become the world’s most successful fund-raising charity events, working with two thousand charities.

Running the London Marathon

Entries for each years event open online in April immediately after that years race.  With a one in six chance of beign lucky in the ballot successfull applicants hear the good news in September – just as the evenings start to draw in.  Training for the London marathon begins

An example of dedicated training is Sir Jog Alot who has offered a sponsor this block opportunity on his site – good thinking – hope it works.

Fundraising by not running the London Marathon

A chap simply called Bob has had a bright idea. His application was unsuccessful but undeterred he plans to raise a few bob by not running the London marathon and has set up fundraising page to which <towoo> he hopes to drive sponsors.

heart costume runner london marathon

London Marathon Costumes

One advantage of not running the London marathon states Bob is to avoid the jostling crowds and bumping into giant Rhinos.  The costumes are becoming more and more elaborate – who can forget the chap in the deep sea diving costume and a jogging Elvis/Santa/cross dresser never fails to bring a smile to TV viewers and a cheer of support from the crowds that line the entire route.  Heres 50 London marathon costumes.

carrot london marathon costume