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“You can do anything as long as you have a plan and some support”


After sifting through many fantastic, heart-warming stories of Virgin London Marathon Fundraisers we’ve picked three individuals to be the faces of our campaign to promote Virgin Money Giving to a wider audience. Our three campaign heroes each have their own motivation for why they are running and raising money for Youth Net and Age UK – the official charity for the 2013 London Marathon.

The first in our series is from Committed PE Avoider Emma Rubach. Emma’s running the Virgin London Marathon this year for the first time and it will be her first ever Marathon. Not only is Emma fundraising for YouthNet but she works for them too. They have partnered with Age UK to set up a project that will support young volunteers to help isolated, lonely older people get online.

So far Emma has raised £1,571 but you can help her reach her target of £1,850 by donating at

To get herself fighting fit for The Big Day, Emma’s been doing some races with a group of friends in Cumbria and conquered a nine mile circuit in a village near Reading too. Her motivation for finishing that run she says was “the visit to a famous pie shop afterwards”.

As any intelligent runner would, Emma’s been tapping up other marathon runners for their tips and advice, these include “buying two pairs of shoes” and “waxing your bikini line” I think that second one came from a lady!

Emma says she’s surprised at just how much she’s enjoyed the training for the Marathon and it’s taught her that “you can pretty much do anything as long as you have a plan and some support.”

Good luck Emma!

Virgin Trains can help your supporters get to the Virgin London Marathon

Virgin TrainsWith less than a week to go until the 2013 Virgin London Marathon, hopefully your training is going well and your fundraising total is shooting up.

You might want to start thinking about how you’re going to get to London for the race, especially if you’ve got friends, family, and colleagues coming down to cheer you along.

Our friends at Virgin Trains will be running additional early trains on Sunday 21 April to help your friends and family get down to London.

The extra services leave from Wolverhampton, Liverpool and Manchester and arrive in London Euston before 9am. This should give them plenty of time to find a good spot to see you run past. They’ve also got plenty of services in the afternoon and evening to bring you all home again.

Details of the early trains:

Wolverhampton Liverpool Lime Street Manchester
06:00 Wolverhampton 05:50 Liverpool Lime Street 05:33 Manchester
06:20 Birmingham New Street 06:09 Runcorn 05:44 Stockport
06:30 Birmingham International 06:30 Crewe 05:51 Wilmslow
06:41 Coventry 06:49 Stafford 06:12 Crewe
06:54 Rugby 07:29 Rugby 06:31 Stafford
07:29 Milton Keynes 08:03 Milton Keynes 07:06 Rugby
08:19 London Euston 08:51 London Euston 07:42 Milton Keynes
08:28 London Euston

For more details and to book advance tickets visit

Virgin Trains

Come and see us at the Virgin London Marathon Expo

The Virgin Money Giving photoboothsIf you’re heading up to the Virgin London Marathon Expo this week to collect your race number, one place you should definitely stop off at is the Virgin Money Giving Stand (you’ll find us in the Virgin area opposite the main stage). After their extremely popular appearance last year our Virgin Money Giving photo booths are back.

You can strike a pose with your race number, squeeze in all your friends and family or maybe get a photo with a celeb (last year we couldn’t keep Iwan Thomas out of them). The booth will print a couple of copies of your photo, one to keep and one to hang up on our wall of fame, and you can also post it straight to Twitter or Facebook.

We’ve also got a limited number of supporter packs with some equipment your friends and family can use to make some noise on race, and our team will be on hand to talk fundraising with you if you need any last minute tips.

If you want to plan your visit, take a look at the Interactive Show Plan and we’ll be posting our list of top things to see at Expo a little later in the week.

Opening times for the Virgin London Marathon Expo are:

  • Wednesday 17 April – 11am to 8pm
  • Thursday 18 April – 10am to 8pm
  • Friday 19 April – 10am to 8pm
  • Saturday 9am top 5pm

Some amazing numbers from Virgin London Marathon fundraising runners

We’ve been crunching some of the numbers from all those amazing Virgin London Marathon runners fundraising with Virgin Money Giving. And what better way to display them than in a colourful infographic?

Virgin London Marathon

With PayPal we’re making Good Friday great!


We’re not giving away hot cross buns but we are giving away extra donations to make Good Friday great!

This Easter weekend, if you have a friend that’s running the Virgin London Marathon, donate to their fundraising page using PayPal on Friday 29 March and they’ll match your donation. You’ll need to be quick though as the pot is limited to the first £25,000.

If you’re running the Virgin London Marathon and would like to increase your donations make sure you tell your friends to give generously from just after midnight on Friday 29 March.

The donations will hit fundraising pages by Wednesday 3 April.

Don’t have a Virgin London Marathon fundraising page set up yet? Don’t panic, just set it up now and it will be ready for donations straight away, so you can take advantage of ‘Great Friday’ too. And not only that, you’ll also get a free Virgin London Marathon kitbag to help with your training.

Terms & conditions apply.

Virgin London Marathon – VIP Start Upgrade Winners

Virgin London Marathon Green Start

You may remember back in January we launched a competition to upgrade a number of runners to the Virgin London Marathon Green Start (where all the celebs and VIPs start from).

We’re very excited to announce our confirmed winners are:

Shaun Hulme – Running for Asthma UK

Jonny Went – Running for Asthma UK

Laurie Boult – Running for Age UK & Youthnet in team Run for It

Jon Butcher – Running for Children with Cancer UK

Sarah Vowles – Running for Save the Children

Congratulations everyone!

We look forward to seeing you all on the day and best of luck with both your fundraising and marathon training!

Virgin Money Giving takes to the airwaves with Capital FM

Capital FM, Help a Capital Child & Virgin Money Giving

If you wake up in the morning with ‘Dave and Lisa’ or head home with ‘Greg Burns’ on Capital FM you might have heard that they’ve got a little Virgin London Marathon challenge on the go.

Two teams of listeners are battling it out in a ‘Breakfast’ vs ‘Drive’ fundraising challenge for Help a Capital Child with each team challenged to raise at least £5000.

Representing Breakfast is Capital FM DJ Pandora and her team Alex Barry, Grace Findlater, Guy Wilkinson, Louise Brown and Chris Wheeler.

And heading up team Drive it’s Ant Payne and his team Phil Hinnitt, Jeanette London, Stephanie Herlock, Adam Weidner, and Stephanie Curtis

Not only will they be updating their fundraising and training journey on air, but there’s a couple of fantastic competitions for listeners and supporters so head over to the Capital FM website to find out more….And while you’re there get behind Team Breakfast or Team Drive and make a donation!

Running for Haydn


2013 will be the first time Richard Weymes steps up to run his first London Marathon.

Richard began running for the charity Unique, after his son, Haydn, was born in October 2003 with a rare chromosome disorder known as 18q deletion. The disorder means that a major part of his genetic data is missing from each of the billions of cells within his body.

Haydn was born with two holes in his heart and he was unable to breathe initially without oxygen pumped into his incubator. Sadly he is unable to walk, talk or take most foods orally and he is fed special milk through a gastric tube in his tummy via an electronic feeding machine. He requires numerous medicines at various times of the day.

We caught up with Richard to understand what motivates him to run:

“When Haydn was born we knew there was something seriously wrong and those first few days were crucial. He is a real battler and despite everything I could not wish for a better son.

Unique have been so helpful to us as a family and this is why I wanted to raise funds and awareness for them in my first Virgin London Marathon.

“I have set up a Virgin Money Giving page so that people can donate and help me raise my target of £2,000.

“Every single step I run I will be thinking of Haydn and that will drive me on. He is a special little boy and I can’t wait to see him when I cross that finishing line. People say the London marathon is a tough run but when you have been through what Haydn has been through the marathon will be a piece of cake in comparison.”

Where did you stick yours?

Virgin Money Giving kitbag postcards

The day you secured your Virgin London Marathon place is probably a distant memory now and your training should be well underway, but what about the fundraising? Have you promoted your challenge to your friends and family yet?

If you’re struggling to find the motivation to set up your Virgin Money Giving page, how about this for an extra incentive – we’re still giving away Marathon kit bags to the first 20,000 runners who set up and receive their first donation.

Kit Bags

You’ll find a postcard included in your Marathon kitbag, just fill in your charity and fundraising page address on the front and stick it up in the most public place you can think of. As you can see from the image above, the VMG team have been sticking them on their running bags, the lunch fridge, and even up in the loo!

We’d love to know where you’ve stuck yours. Post a photo to our Facebook Page, or send us a tweet to @vmgiving using the hashtag #WhereIveStuckMine.

Not created your Virgin London Marathon fundraising page yet? There’s still plenty of time so why not get started today.

8 things we learnt at Meet the Experts

Meet the Experts

We’re not counting this one, but did you know that since the first year of the Virgin London Marathon £610 million has been raised for good causes!

Every year the London Marathon team host an event just for runners who got their place through a charity called ‘Meet the Experts’. And as the official fundraising partner to this event Virgin Money Giving always grasps this opportunity to host a stand and chat to as many runners as possible.

There were some great expert speakers on stage at the event each giving lots of useful advice, here are 8 things we learnt:

  1. Stats from the 2012 Virgin London Marathon – 37,542 runners registered, 37,225 started and 36,705 finished.
  2. How it all began – “To believe this story you must believe that the human race be one joyous family, working together, laughing together, achieving the impossible”. Vision of the London Marathon founders, 1979.
  3. The start time – it’s changed, the masses (that’s you and me) and elite men start at 10.00am instead of 9.45am.
  4. Practice your pose – your finish line photo is one of the most important pictures you’ll ever have, as you cross the line hold your arms in the air and smile, make it a good one.
  5. Listen to your body – when you’re marathon training it’s quite tough on your body but learn how to ‘read it’ and listen know what’s good and bad pain.
  6. Runners World Pacing Team – for the first time ever, the Runners World pacing team will be at all three London Marathon starts – red, green and blue – to help you achieve your goal finish time.
  7. Raising more money for charity – If you set a target on your fundraising page you could raise up to 60% more money.
  8. Social Media is key – promoting your page and keeping your ‘fans’ updated on your progress through Facebook and Twitter could help you raise more money.

Good luck to everyone taking part in the Virgin London Marathon 2013, if you went along to the event or have anymore useful tips to share get in touch.

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