London Marathon organisers seek input over allocation of charity places at event

The organisers of the London Marathon are asking charities for their input as part of a review of the allocation of charity places at the event.

A survey has been sent to more than 2,000 charities, but London Marathon Events (LME) has said it's keen to hear from more charities that would like to participate.

The review comes after the 2020 London Marathon was postponed until October amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Organisers of a number of mass participation events instead came together to launch the '2.6 Challenge' – a virtual fundraising campaign, which was launched on 26 April, when the marathon would have taken place.

“We want to hear from charities of all sizes that have had places in the London Marathon and from those that have not,” said LME event director, Hugh Brasher said.

“With the devastating impacts of Covid-19 on charity income, this review becomes even more important. Places in the London Marathon provide a very powerful fundraising opportunity. The current system is complex and it will take until 2027 for any new process to be fully implemented.”

Charities should contact helpdesk@londonmarathonevents.co.uk to obtain the survey. The deadline for responses is 1700 on Friday 15 May.

The survey is part of an extensive review and consultation process by LME, which is scheduled to be completed by December 2020.

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