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Our Lead Car Competition Winners and their stories

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In early March we ran a competition with a completely unique prize; for one lucky winner to see the course from the official Timex lead car followed by a comfortable seat in the Virgin Money Finishing Grandstand  to watch the rest of the race. Plus an overnight stay in London the night before the big day.

The really unique thing about this competition was that it was for supporters rather than fundraisers. We asked Virgin Money London Marathon fundraisers to nominate someone who has supported them through thick and thin, good training days and bad training days,  someone who really deserved the experience. Plus we gave three runners up prizes of tickets for the Virgin Money Starting Grandstand; a real VIP experience, watching the elites – including Mo Farah – wheelchairs and thousands of amazing fun runners cross the start line.

We were flooded with incredible entrants and it was extremely difficult to pick our winners, but here they are along with their inspiring stories:

The winner of the Lead Car seat was Mike Jack, nominated by his wife Emma. Last year, when Mike was training for the London Marathon on his bike, he was hit by a car and then driven over twice, leaving him fighting for his life. Although Mike is on the road to recovery after several operations, due to his injuries and having a shattered patella (knee cap), he will not be able to run for some time and has deferred his London Marathon place. Emma will be running her sixth London Marathon, fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis Trust, a life threatening illness which Mike and Emma’s son has. Emma says “Mike has supported me through my training dispite what he has been through and think he deserves this once in a life time opportunity and this would feel like he’s running with me“. You can support Emma via her Virgin Money Giving page.

The runners up, each winning a pair of pickets for the Virgin Money Starting Grandstand, were Emma Cowie, nominated by Matt Boot, the partner of Odette Barnes who nominated him, and Tom, nominated by Julie Durcan.

Julie Durcan nominated her partner Tom. Tom suffered a spinal cord injury as a result of a swimming pool accident and is now paralysed from the shoulders down. Julie was inspired to run the marathon by Tom’s intensive one-to-one physio efforts and she will be fundraising for Rooprai Spinal Trust and Spinal Research.

Matt Boot nominated his sister in law Emma Cowie who is undergoing treatment for a brain tumour at the Walton Centre. Matt is running the marathon this year and fundraising for the Walton Home from Home appeal. The marathon weekend will be Emma’s first weekend away from home since starting treatment and she will now be able to watch Matt start.

Odette Barnes also nominated her partner. She admitted it was very difficult to choose as she has so many supporters, however  having been supported through the death of her father and now through her Marathon training, from couch to marathon runner, which she admits has sometimes resulted in “full meltdown”. Odette is running for the Outward Bound Trust.

Win an Upgrade to the Virgin Money London Marathon Green Start!

Green Start Celeb image

Doing the Virgin Money London Marathon is a once in a lifetime experience for many runners. There are lots of things to think about in the lead up to the big race day including “will there be enough loos at the start!”. Well we could take that little worry away from you. We’re giving away 8 upgrades to the Green Start so you can start the race in style with lots of posh toilets at your disposal.

The Green Start is the smallest place to begin the race so once the gun goes you’ll be over the start line in no time. But that’s not the best bit, you’ll be toeing the line with lots of celebrities as this is where they start their journey too.  Plus, you’ll have access to some much nicer loos than the other crowds that begin from the Red or Blue Starts (shhhhh don’t tell them).

All you need to do to win one of these fantastic upgrades is set a target on your Virgin Money Giving Fundraising Page before 28 February 2014. It’s been proven that those people that set a target end up raising more. Why not show your donors what you’re aiming for? Once you’ve set a target you will automatically be entered into our prize draw.

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Greater Manchester Marathon

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When you’re fundraising for charity, you always want to raise the most you can. Setting an actual target can seem daunting, but did you know you are likely to raise more if you do?

The Asics Greater Manchester Marathon will take place on the 6 April and if you set a target on your page by 28 February, you will automatically be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 donation to your page!

Go on, set your target now on and don’t forget to tell your friends and family!

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Go the #ExtraMile and win a Virgin Money London Marathon place

VLM 2013 Start Line

Are you a budding blogger? Do you make a hobby of creating YouTube videos? Are you an accomplished Tweeter? If so, we could have a Virgin Money London Marathon place for you.

Our friends at Virgin Money are looking for 5 keen runners to take on the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon. In exchange for an entry in the event on 13 April 2014, they’re looking for the successful entrant to contribute your thoughts feelings and experiences between now and race day by Tweeting, blogging, Instagraming and maybe even the odd YouTube video. You can also fundraiser for your chosen charity.

Whether you’ve run the marathon before or this would be your first time Virgin Money would love to hear from you.

If you’d like to put your name in the hat just leave your details here . Winners will be told if they’ve been selected on 20 January giving you plenty of time to prepare for race day.

Terms and conditions apply

  1. Entry to the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon #ExtraMile prize draw (“Competition”) is open to all UK residents aged 18 or over at the date of entry.
  2. The Competition will open at 9:00am GMT on 10 January 2014 and will close at 9:00pm GMT on 17 January 2014.
  3. Entrants can enter the Competition by clicking the link advertising the Competition and submitting the information requested. The winners will be notified by email by the 20 January 2014.
  4. Entrants agree that if they win they will use Virgin Money Giving to raise funds for their chosen charity and will make weekly posts documenting their training to the #extramile microsite.
  5. All valid entries received within the entry period will be entered into the Competition. The entrants’ current social media activity will be assessed and five winners will be chosen at the Promoter’s discretion based on the most influential or interesting social presence.
  6. Each of the winners will receive one place in the 2014 Virgin money London Marathon. No cash alternative will be offered and the prize is non-transferable.
  7. The winner agrees to allow the Promoter to confirm their name and county of residence to other entrants.
  8. The winner’s name and county of residence will be available upon request by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: 2014 Virgin London Marathon #ExtraMile prize draw, Virgin Money 50 Jermyn Street London, SW1Y 6LX.
  9. Personal information provided by entrants will be used to administer the Competition.
  10. Virgin Money plc registered in England and Wales (company number 06952311) (“the Promoter”). Registered at Jubilee House, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4PL.

Win a place in the Zest Challenge

Zest Challenge

The Zest Challenge 2013 with Alpro is a unique, women-only event. Rather than just running your way round a course, they’ll have you scrambling over hay bales, under nets and through tyres, negotiating balance beams and flying down a giant water slide.

The event caters for varying abilities with a 5km and 10km distance. And due to the fantastic success of the 2012 event, the Zest Challenge will have two locations for 2013 so why not join in at Hambledon Estate, near Henley-on-Thames in Berkshire, on 15 June 2013, or at Catton Hall, Derbyshire, on 22 June 2013.

Take part in this event…

Tickets cost £25 for the 5k race, or £30 for the 10k race and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. The ticket price includes access to the event, a goody bag and medal.

You can sign up here but hurry! You’ve only got until the 25 May to be able to register enter.

Win a Place in the Zest Challenge…

Our friends at Zest have two free places up for grabs, at each location. To be in a chance to win just answer the following questions and email your answers, with Zest Challenge in the subject line, by midnight 23 May:

  1. Who is the lead sponsor for the Zest Challenge?
  2. Name the two counties which host the Zest Challenge?

Terms and conditions apply.

Got a place already?

If you’ve already got your own place in Zest Challenge, and haven’t created your Virgin Money Giving fundraising page yet you can get started right here for either Zest Challenge Derbyshire or  Zest Challenge Berkshire and have your page collecting donations in just a few minutes.

Win a free place on Nightrider London a 100km moonlit bike ride – 8/9 June 2013

Night Rider London

If you’ve been inspired to get on your bike following the fantastic summer of cycling last year Nightrider™ London could be the event for you.

The 100km route takes in London’s major landmarks: Tower Bridge, a deserted ‘City of London’, Canary Wharf, Piccadilly Circus, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and more…. The circular itinerary is clearly sign-posted so you can cycle at your own pace. And there’s full support and back up around the course.

If you’re interested you can sign up on your own, with a friend or in a team. Choose from over 160 charities to support. For full details of the event and to select the charity you’ll ride for visit

But hurry! You’ve only got until the 10 May to be able to register to ride for charity.

Win a Place on Nightrider™ London 2013

Our friends at Classic Tours who organise Nightrider™ have one free place up for grabs. To be in a chance to win just answer the following questions and email your answers to by midnight 7 May 2013:

  1.  How far is the Nightrider™ route?
  2.  Name one of the start points.
  3. Which French city will host Nightrider™ this year?

By entering the competition you agree that the organisers Classic Tours may contact you by email about their charity challenges. They will not pass your details to any third parties.  The  winner will be notified via email on the 8 May and they will need to register before the 10 May to claim their free entry. The Nightrider registration will close on the 10 May, so if the winner does not register before then they will not be able to take part.

Got a place already?

If you’ve already got your own place in Nightrider London, and haven’t created your Virgin Money Giving fundraising page yet you can get started right here and have your page collecting donations in just a few minutes.

Win £250 for your charity – on stage at the Virgin London Marathon Expo

Ore Oduba on stage

If you’ve already collected your 2013 Virgin London Marathon race number, you might have spent some time at the ‘Pasta Party’ in the Virgin area at Expo.

All through the day a number of speakers take to the stage giving you race details, hydration advice, and pacer information to help you get around (full schedule here) including a number of celeb runners. You might have caught our ‘Higher or Lower’ game too.

Higher Lower participants

Anyone who’s running can take part, you just need to pick up one of the huge red arrows being handed out as the game starts. our host Ore Oduba (from BBC Sport and Newsround) will be on stage guiding you though the game – simply guess whether the next runner number shown on the big screen will be higher or lower than the last one using your arrow.

The last runner left in the game will receive a £250 donation to the charity of their choice.

There’s still time to win, the approx timings for Friday & Saturday’s ‘Higher or Lower’ games are below (listen out for announcements in the Expo).

  • Friday – 13:25
  • Friday – 16:45
  • Friday – 18:35
  • Saturday – 11:40
  • Saturday – 13.00
  • Saturday – 15:10

Terms and Conditions apply (which are printed on the arrows in Expo).

You Picked them – Here’s your ultimate training playlist

Tweet your motivational training track. Help us build the ultimate #VMGPlaylist & win an iPod Nano

Last month we asked you to tell us what your motivational running tracks were to help us put together the Ultimate Training Playlist.

And tweet them in you did. We’ve collected them all together and added them to a playlist where you can listen to each track in full. Not every song was available on Spotify, but we’ve added on the ones that were. And of course every suggestion was eligible for entry into our competition to win an iPod Nano with Incase Armband Pro.

The winner of the iPod Nano, whose song was selected at random from all entries, is Laurence Carver @laurence_carver for his suggestion of The Mad Capsule Markets by Pulse.

And the prize for the worst selected track (and in much need of upgrading their running music collection) is Krystina Smith @kryssmith for picking Something Kinda Ooooh by Girls Aloud. Krystina will receive an iPod shuffle and £15 iTunes voucher to “improve” her music collection with some new tunes.

If you’d like to see all the entered tracks, you can view them on the 2013 Virgin Money Giving Ultimate Training Tracks Playlist. And if you don’t already have one, you can sign up for a free account and download Spotify here.

Running the Virgin London Marathon? You could win a £500 boost to your page

We’ve gone competition crazy in a bid to encourage you to get collecting donations for your 2013 Virgin London Marathon charity.

Every time you receive a donation to your page between now and 31 December we’ll automatically enter you into a prize draw. You’ll also receive an entry into the draw for each donation you’ve already received on your page.

We’ll then draw two winners who’ll each receive a £500 boost towards their target.

It’s not too late to start fundraising now either!

The first 20,000 fundraisers to create their Virgin London Marathon page and collect sponsorship will also receive a free exclusive kit bag.

Terms and conditions apply.

There’s still a chance to take part in next year’s event, check out these charities who still have places available.

Great Run competition winners

We’re pleased to announce our winners from the prize draw we ran for all our fundraisers who set up and activated their Virgin Money Giving fundraising page for the Great North Run and Great South Run.

Congratulations to our winner Jessica Anderson who received £500 for her page raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer, and to our two runners up who each received £250 for their chosen charity fundraising page.

Christopher Haldane was running for Epilepsy Research and Samantha Jones for Ben’s Heroes Trust.

Well done to you all, and to everyone who took part and raised money for charity in the Great Run series.

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