Running the Virgin London Marathon
Why run for us?Run with Livability and become part of a team that is helping to connect people with their community to support disabled and vulnerable people.
Livability’s supporters are at the heart of our work. Together and with you, we can tackle barriers in community life that cause people to become socially isolated. Your run will make it more possible to deliver our care services, help connect people with their communities and work for a more inclusive society.
Here are just a few ways in which the money you and your supporters raise can help to make such a difference to the lives of the people we support. Every step you run training, plus each mile you cover on day – it all adds up. Here’s how:
Growing wellbeing togetherWith your support, Livability can provide wellbeing programmes such as Flourish – a horticultural therapy project at our Dorset Wellbeing Discovery Centre, Livability Holton Lee. Here the services help people learn new skills, grow confidence and make friends.
Supporting people recovering from brain injuryWith your support, Livability is able to provide essential rehabilitation to people that are recovering from brain injury, through our specialist brain injury rehabilitation centre, Livability Icanho.
Helping young people learn and thriveWith your support, Livability helps the learning, education and vocational opportunities for disabled young people, who attend our school and further education college.
Providing people focused careWith your support, Livability delivers vital community activities at our care homes, which enhance people’s lives and create important connections for the people that use our services.
Being Dementia Inclusive through churchesWith your support, we are able to train and resource churches to be more inclusive and accessible for people living with dementia.
Community connections tackle isolationAll these things and more add up to better, more livable lives and communities. Research shows that when people enjoy good community connections, their health, life outcomes and wellbeing are far stronger. Apply for a place →
Ballot runnersIf you already have a place in the ballot and would like to fundraise for Livability, it couldn’t be easier.
Just contact our team who will be able to chat through what’s involved. You don’t need to apply for a place, the process is simple. Email the team: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7452 2129.
As a member of Team Livability, you will receive support with your training and fundraising every step of the way. You will receive:
- A dedicated contact for all the questions you have ever wanted answered
- Regular email updates about the event, fundraising and how your fundraising helps
- A full technical running vest or t-shirt to train and race in
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How we support youAs a member of Team Livability, you will receive support with your training and fundraising. You will receive:
- A dedicated contact for all the questions you have ever wanted answered
- A fundraising pack full of ideas to help you towards your £1,750 target
- Regular enewsletters about the event- everything you need to know in the run up to the London Marathon including tips on fundraising and how your fundraising helps.
- A full technical running vest or t-shirt to train and
- Join our London Marathon, Livability Facebook group: runners share tips, support and fundraising stories.
During the day and post event reception: our runners usually gather together for a photo opportunity and some support from our team pre-race in the morning of the London Marathon. During the race we’ll have a cheer point ready to greet you and give you a much needed boost. After the race is completed we’ll be ready to welcome you at our post-race reception.
Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of your amazing organisation for the London Marathon. Everything you did was so well thought out and executed! We loved the ambiance at the meeting point, the cheering point gave us the energy we needed to finish and the post-race reception was first class! We look forward to continuing our support and spreading awareness for Livability! Finally - Way to Go Team Livability Runners!! We Did It
Kelly Willis, 2018 Marathon Runner, Team Livability. Apply for a place →
Celebrating your achievements – our post-race party!Our post race party is the perfect place to bask in your post marathon glory.
Running the London Marathon is no mean feat and you and your family and friends are invited to join us at the post-race party. After all the build-up we want to ensure you have what you need once you’ve finished pounding the pavement.
As well as a time to celebrate, this is a great place to meet your family and friends. The finish-line area is extremely busy and it’s hard to find people in the crowds, especially after running 26.2 miles!
We’ll have a team of masseurs ready to give weary legs some well-deserved TLC as well as a celebratory drink and food to refuel before you head home.
It’s also a fab place to meet with other #TeamLivability runners, and of course us too! Apply for a place →
Stories of marathon runnersLast year we were proud to have 157 runners support Livability. All of them have their own stories to tell. Here are just a few of the inspirational people in our running community.
Martin Fletcher - "I blame my son, Barney, for putting me in this position"
Matt Sutton - "If my disabled son can run, then so can I!"
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VolunteeringYear on year we rely on incredible #TeamLivability volunteers to make day the fun and hugely special day that it should be.
There are many roles to fill – some people like to be at our kerb crews to whoop, whistle and cheer our awesome #TeamLivability runners as they pass by, others snap incredible photo’s of our runners passing iconic landmarks volunteers are a huge help at our post race party too
There really is no atmosphere quite like the London Marathon; seeing hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the route is something you have to experience, either as a runner or from the side-lines armed with balloons, banners, whistles and hearty cheers.
Read Danielle’s story about her London Marathon volunteering experience.
If you can spare a couple of hours, or all day, we would love to hear from you so please get in touch email@example.com.
I’m looking forward to cheering again this year as I know that my small contribution to someone else’s run, even if that’s just calling out their name, is a huge boost for them and is always so well received.
Danielle, #TeamLivability Volunteer Apply for a place →
PracticalitiesThe Events Team will be with you from the moment you get in touch to join #TeamLivability to marathon day and beyond.
You’ll receive essential information from applying for a place, to reaching your fundraising target, how family and friends can join us at our kerb crews, to finding our post-run party on marathon-day.
There’s a wealth of great advice on training schedules out there and it’s important to find what’s right for you based on your current level of fitness, running experience, and what you want to get out of the day itself. Resources that will help you include:
- Martin Yelling’s Virgin London Marathon – a series of 7 videos to guide you through training.
- Marathon training plans for all levels
FundraisingYou’ll receive a fundraising pack once your place is confirmed and our Events Team will be very happy to help you with fundraising ideas and materials, and we can put you in touch with your Community Fundraising Manager too. There’s also our closed London Marathon #TeamLivability Facebook page where you can get inspiration on what others are up to.
ExpoThe Virgin Money London Marathon Expo is where you’ll need to pick up your race pack immediately prior to race day – we’ll send you all the details nearer the time! It’s free entry, so bring your family and friends too All the major athletic brands are there, you’ll find anything from headbands to the latest GPS devices, but please don’t be tempted to buy any new kit for marathon day Run in what you’ve trained in!
Support from the communityChatting to each other – whatever you need to know our #TeamLivability Marathon Runners Facebook page is a great place to go to get and share advice and ideas on training, kit, fundraising etc. and it’s a closed group, so chat away!
On the dayLondon Marathon and Livability will keep you updated on how to manage your goal according to the conditions, listening to your body, wearing appropriate clothing, drinking water, showers etc closer to the time and of course details on collecting your race number at Excel and anything and everything you could ever want to know about race day.
Nutritional adviceCheck out Virgin Money London Marathon’s nutrition and hydration advice for fuelling your way to a healthier, fitter and faster runner. Apply for a place →
Share your storyThe stories you send us help motivate your friends, family and contacts to help you reach your fundraising goal, but also tell the rest of the world why you are running for Livability.
#TeamLivability runners include: a stroke survivor, those running in memory of loved ones, international teams and the awe inspiring participants of the Abbott World Marathon Majors award (6 marathons in one year!) each individual and their story is what makes it all worthwhile and helps it all add up for disabled and vulnerable people.
Share your story with us – we could feature it on our blog or share it on social media. This could be in the run up to the event with your creative fundraising ideas, how you are preparing for the marathon, or simply your story on what motivated you to sign up, we want to hear from you: Share your story →
How to set up your fundraising pageThanks for running the London Marathon with #TeamLivability. We’re delighted to have you with us!
JustGiving is a fantastic tool enabling you to quickly create a free, personalised online fundraising page to help you to reach your fundraising goal!
Create your JustGiving page
- Go to #TeamLivability’s 2019 London Marathon team page
- Select ‘Start fundraising’
- Log-in if you’re an existing JustGiving user or;
- New to JustGiving, follow the instructions to quickly create your page
Telling your story and sharing information about Livability
- Personal, authentic stories can really help your fundraising efforts
- Get to the heart of why Livability is important to you and how the money you raise will really help to change lives. Writing your story is linked to a 36% increase in funds raised on your JustGiving page!
- Setting a target on your JustGiving page can increase the overall amount raised by 45%
- Uploading photos to your JustGiving page is linked to a 23% increase in funds, so don’t be shy, loads some pics and make it more personal!
- Taking videos of you training, fundraising or sharing films from Livability can help you to spread the word of what you are doing and why
- Update your JustGiving page regularly with news on how your training and fundraising is going, talking about Livability and what a massive difference their support means to you personally and the 1k+ people a day Livability helps
- Share your JustGiving page URL far and wide starting with Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and email signs offs