Win a £500 donation from Virgin Money by submitting a poem

Last year at the Virgin London Marathon Expo where all runners went to register for the race, Virgin Money displayed giant motivational poems from the ceiling in the Virgin area, and along the walkway into the Excel Centre.

This year they’re going to be doing something similar, but this time they’re looking for poems written by runners, fundraisers, charities and your friends and family who come out to cheer you along.

They’re running a competition on their Facebook Page where you can submit your own poem.

Simply tell them what the Virgin London Marathon means to you in the form of an ‘Every’ poem and you could win a donation to the charity or fundraising page of your choice here on Virgin Money Giving, and who knows, your poem might show at Expo or in London on race day.

There’s a poem below submitted by Kirst Brett at last years EXPO, and some more here if you need some inspiration. Once you’re ready you can submit your own poem on the Virgin Money Facebook page.

Terms and conditions apply, for more details visit the Virgin Money Facebook page.

23 Responses to “Win a £500 donation from Virgin Money by submitting a poem”


  1. 1 Trevor Cope March 3, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    Because of
    every aching mile
    every rattled tin
    every swollen knee
    every wet and muddy trainer
    every charity gains

  2. 2 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) March 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Hi Trevor

    Thanks for the poem. As well as posting it here did you also enter it into Virgin Money’s competition? http://on.fb.me/eCQ4GW

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  3. 3 Carolyne Harrington March 9, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Hi Ive just registered a poem – so we get any sort of acknowledgement so we know the poem has been received?

  4. 4 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) March 9, 2011 at 6:30 pm

    Hi Carolyne

    If you get to the confirmation page your poem’s been received. I can ask our friends at Virgin Money to check it’s been entered for you too.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  5. 5 Damieon March 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I’m ING the New York Marathon 2011 from

    Start:-

    For me its not a STATEN ISLAND bridge too far, nor is it a BROOKLYN breeze, but am I a QUEENS jester to take part, or a fool to turn my back on some BRONX art, no for me this aint no lark but at the end of the day it’s a rest with the best in a MANHATTAN park

    To Finish.

  6. 6 Sandy Heskey March 12, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Hi Ive entered a poem into the comp how do I view my poem and how do poeple find it so they can vote for it ??? I carnt seem to find my poem ive enterd Thanks Sandy Heskey from Telford running foe Severn Hospice in memory of Mum In law Pam Thanks Sandy x :]

  7. 7 Albert Umoh March 13, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    Can I get my poem seen on my marathon page?

  8. 8 Gareth March 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    sorry but how do I submit a poem – have followed link through and cant see where I actually submit it?

  9. 9 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) March 14, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    Hi Gareth

    You’ll find the link on the left hand side of the Facebook Page, under the Virgin Money logo, or you can also go straight to it here http://on.fb.me/eCQ4GW

    Best of luck with your poem

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  10. 10 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) March 14, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Sandy & Albert

    Virgin Money will be selecting their favourites from all the submitted poems and adding them to their Facebook page for people to vote. Keep an eye on http://www.facebook.com/VirginMoneyUk for more details.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  11. 11 peter reilly March 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I tie up my Asics shoe laces and head out the front door
    I put my iPod through its paces, and my legs start to feel sore
    I see the odd man walking his dog shrugging his head thinking I’m crazy
    I am the one wearing a luminous yellow top being rained on by god, I could be chilling on the couch being lazy
    Rainy days, bitterly cold winds, some people may question my insanity…
    It is all worth it when I cross that line and I’ve done good for my Charity

  12. 12 Natalie March 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Can you see the poem that you’ve submitted anywhere? I thought I’d submitted one a week or so ago, but can’t seem to find it anywhere, or see any evidence that I have!
    Thanks,
    Natalie

  13. 13 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) March 18, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Hi Natalie

    Virgin Money are going to review all of the poems and publish their favourite ones on their Facebook Page.

    Make sure you go to the Virgin area at this years marathon Expo too, as the poems will be on display there too.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  14. 14 Gillian Carron March 22, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I’m not doing the London Marathon but the London to Paris Cycle challenge and although I’ve chosen to use Virgin Money Giving as my online donating account, I can’t enter this poem contest. It doesn’t seem fair that I can’t get a chance to win £500 which would be very nice because I’m doing a different challenge!!!

  15. 15 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) March 22, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Hi Gillian

    Thanks for your question. The competition is being run by Virgin Money, and is focused on the Virgin London Marathon as they are the title sponsor of the event. Lots of the poems will be put on display at this years Virgin London Marathon Expo.

    You can still enter a poem even if you’re not taking part in the Virgin London Marathon. The poem needs to be Marathon or Fundraising related but you can nominate any charity or fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving as the recipient of the prize if you were to win.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  16. 16 Tai March 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Because of…

    Every breaking sweat
    Every shiny penny
    Every foot on ground
    Every tiny crumb
    Every little drop of water
    Every smiling person
    Everything is possible

    For the people that I care for

  17. 17 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) March 23, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for your poem Tai

    Have you also sent it to Virgin Money, via their Facebook page http://on.fb.me/eCQ4GW too?

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  18. 18 Carolyne Harrington March 23, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Hi Athony – can you confirm – am I going mad – Im sure when I submitted my poem the T&C’s said closing date was Monday 21st March but it now says 25th – Has it been amended and if so why? Is there any way of knowing if our poem will be on the wall at the Excel or do we just have a good look around – many thanks – keep up the good work

  19. 19 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) March 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

    Hi Carolyne

    Virgin Money have had so many entries to the competition they’re running it again.

    They’re currently picking their 50 favorite poems from those that were entered before the 21 April, and will shortly put them up on their Facebook page for everyone to vote for a winner. You can still enter poems and all new entries up until the 25 April will go into ‘Round Two’ where another 50 favorites will be picked by Virgin Money. Again the three with the most votes will win a donation to their charity or fundraising page.

    I’ll see if I can find out if your poem is on the wall for you, but like you the soonest I find out could be at Expo!

    Make sure you ‘like’ Virgin Money UK on Facebook as they’ll have more details shortly.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  20. 20 Amy Williams March 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Hello,
    I have just sent my poem in and didnt realise there was a deadline – I only saw the competition yesterday – is there anyway my poem will still be submitted? What a plonker :) sorry to be a pain
    Amy x

  21. 21 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) March 23, 2011 at 7:00 pm

    Hi Amy

    Don’t Panic! Virgin Money are running the competition again as they’ve had so many entries. Poems entered up until the 25 April will go into a second round with Virgin Money picking their favorite 50 again. The top 3 will again win a donation to their charity or fundraising page.

    Make sure you ‘like’ Virgin Money UK on Facebook as they’ll have more details shortly.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  22. 22 Kendal March 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Run or walk, just get round
    To raise another precious pound
    See the friends and family waving
    Proud of all the lives you’re saving
    Knees and ankles may give way,
    But think what you’ve achieved today
    Cure afflictions like ricketts, blindess
    Through the power of human kindness

  23. 23 Jim Bell March 30, 2011 at 6:48 am

    ONE SUNDAY IN APRIL

    A dry, cool morning, with a welcoming breeze;

    Across the South, slumbering bodies rise.

    Sunday morning in April, and with trepidation

    They stretch, and wipe sleep from their eyes.

    An early start beckons, for a trip to the City,

    Crowds gather in clusters, in the parks of London;

    As the minutes pass, they strip off their clothes,

    And prepare their bodies, for the annual run.

    Every year the marathon gains spectacular crowds,

    To cheer on the participants, in this major attraction;

    Multi-coloured vests and costumes, to raise attention

    Towards numerous charities, and gauge public reaction.

    TV coverage will highlight the most prominent figures;

    Large, furry costumes, or people from a distant time;

    Their age, against the clock, but with determination,

    They edge slowly, towards the starting line.

    A hooter blasts, as the race begins,

    But thousands can only stand and stare;

    The front of the throng has started to run,

    Yet, the rear can go nowhere.

    As the thinning participants cross the starting point,

    They press a button, to check their time;

    A steady jog, at a comfortable pace

    To combat the twenty six miles, beyond that line.

    A boisterous scene, all waving their arms

    To attract attention of cameras and friends.

    Legs of all colours, and sizes and shapes,

    Young and old; women and men.

    Ahead, they face at least four gruelling hours,

    And that is for those, reasonably fit…

    For others, the time won’t matter to them,

    As long as, for their charity, they do their bit.

    Front runners lead the field, in the professional race,

    The World’s greatest names, run in spectacular fashion;

    Covering the miles, in breathtaking times,

    Long distance running, being their passion.

    But, the thousands of ordinary, everyday folk,

    And club runners alike, on this special day,

    Will pound the cordoned off streets of the city

    As minutes and hours, tick away.

    Trainers are worn, to cushion the pain;

    Feet throbbing, and feeling sore;

    Blisters forming, corns starting to hurt,

    Plasters cover areas, that have been rubbed raw.

    Still the relentless slog, will carry them on,

    Cheered all the way, by the gathered crowd.

    Encouragement shouted; spirits lifted;

    Chests puffed out – feeling proud.

    Over cobbled sections, the weary legs

    Feel unsteady, and try to regain composure;

    Disabled wheelchair racers, propel their carts

    Past the sectioned off, Cutty Sark enclosure.

    Prominent landmarks passed – The Tower of London,

    Across Tower Bridge; round Canary Wharf;

    The tempting allure of Buckingham Palace,

    And The Mall, at the end of the course.

    Celebrities – faces from out TV screens,

    Mingle with the minions, to test their stamina;

    But the twenty six miles of their pain and endurance

    Is all caught, on the unflattering cameras.

    At the head of the race, a car showing time,

    To lead the front runners, through the streets.

    Motorcyclists, with camera crews clinging on tight

    Weave to film those jostling, so they avoid defeat.

    Little more than two hours, and the line is in sight,

    The leaders race is run;

    A foil blanket for heat, and a well deserved drink,

    But, as an elite winner, there is only one.

    Interviews with a beaming face, gasping for breath,

    Microphone shoved close to their nose…

    The winner holds the medal, on it’s coloured ribbons,

    And presents a striking pose.

    For the masses, the reception is just the same,

    A medal for all, completing the course;

    Many asked questions, about their charities…

    Nobody ever expressing remorse.

    Drink stations, along the entire city route

    Are littered with discarded bottles, thrown by the way;

    Teams of rubbish collectors, pounce to pick them up

    So it doesn’t mar the enjoyment of the day.

    Volunteers still man the stations on route,

    Waiting for the last stragglers to pass by;

    Admiration, for the personal struggles they face,

    Stories to bring a tear, to the hardest man’s eye.

    Streets back to normal; barriers packed away;

    Traffic streams along roads, where thousands faced their test;

    Now, every last contestant, safely back at home,

    Soaking feet…cup of tea…well earned rest.

    A good nights sleep, will come as a welcome relief,

    After the exertions of the April run;

    Tomorrow, the aches and pains in those legs

    Will make it seem anything, but fun.

    A day off work is called for !

    On Monday a holiday, should be planned;

    When you tell colleagues of your determined accomplishment,

    They’ll certainly understand.

    Congratulations must go to everyone taking part,

    No matter how long it takes – I’m in admiration !

    Charities benefit, from the collection of all that cash,

    Made by every, single donation.

    Jim Bell
    Chatham
    Kent


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