City YMCA London is able to offer a limited number of guaranteed places for the Virgin Giving London Marathon in 2018. If you are interested in a gruelling but exhilarating 26.2 mile city run and if you can raise £2,000 from your friends, family and colleagues, then get in touch today.

Every day City YMCA London provides a shelter, food and a mental stimulus to over one hundred young people. Often through no fault of their own these young men and women have been forced out of their homes due to family conflict, violence, physical and sexual abuse and cultural expectations. 


Just £5 feeds a young person for a day

Parenting a young person costs us £2,000 and gives them the chance to create a future of their own choosing, 





City YMCA will support you all the way:


  • Opportunity to create a team: don’t risk participating in a marathon alone. City YMCA London gives you the opportunity to run as a member of the YMCA Marathon Team and share the challenge with others. 
  • England YMCA: you will get the full support of YMCA England’s sports team that can resources you with a fundraising and training pack, a running vest and post-race reception. 
  • Support and encouragement: We’ll keep in touch with you in the run up to the event and give you help and ideas to raise your target support. 
  • Virgin Giving Sponsorship Page: we’ll help you get set up with a fundraising page on Virgin Giving and we will even ask all our supporters and friends to sponsor you! 
  • Meet the young people themselves: We’ll pair you up to one of the young person who will benefit from your efforts. Knowing who will benefit with spur your fundraising efforts on incredibly! 
  • Telling your story: at the end of the marathon we will tell your story to our friends and supporters, using photos to tell your exiting experience as well as that of the young pair. 
  • Become part of the City YMCA family:  the London Marathon will be your first step to getting to know us. We will then invite you to a variety of events across the year, all with the aim of supporting at-risk young people near the City of London. 





To participate we need you to submit an application form and following these terms and conditions:  


  • 1. On acceptance of a YMCA charity place a non-refundable deposit of £100 is payable. This goes towards the purchase of a place from Virgin Money London Marathon and forms part of the £2,000 fundraising target.
  • 2. The minimum sponsorship target is £2,000. The deadline for sending in sponsorship money is Friday 23 June 2017.  Runners who fail to raise the pledged amount may be placed on a low performers list held by the Virgin Money London Marathon race organisers. 
  • 3. If you do not have a minimum of at least £1,600 collected or pledged by race day, your place may be deferred to the following year.
  • 4. If you sustain an injury before the Marathon takes place, you should contact us as soon as possible. We can defer your place and your fundraising commitment for a maximum of two years subject to acceptance of our terms and conditions for the subsequent event, including any increase in the fundraising target.
  • 5. If you pull out of running the Virgin Money London Marathon and have not notified YMCA England at least two weeks in advance of the event, we will not be able to refund any sponsorship raised or defer your place.
  • 6. YMCA England charity place runners agree that images taken on the day may be used by YMCA England to promote the Virgin Money London Marathon in the future.
  • 7. By signing below, or by returning this form by email, you will be deemed to have read and accepted the above terms and conditions.


Get your unique London Marathon experience,

run with City YMCA London!

When is it?

22 APRIL 2018



London Marathon places are managed by YMCA England of which City YMCA London is affiliated. 

The coordinator for the event for YMCA England is Eve Chadha who will be in contact with you directly to support you in this event: 


    t. 020 7186 9523 


50% of your fundraised income will be shared with YMCA England to cover their costs in securing the places from London Marathon, coordinating the support that you will receive and for their work nationally with young people. The other 50% of your fundraised income will remain with City YMCA London and be used fully to support London’s homeless young people. 

Your information will be passed onto YMCA England for the purposes of managing this event.

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