Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Join Meningitis Now for the 2020 London Marathon

Andy Hopkinson | 8th October 2019

Who doesn’t love the London Marathon? It’s become such a feature of the calendar now and next April will see the 40th running of this iconic event

Run London Marathon for Meningitis Now - in memory of Evie

Are you one of the 450,000 people who have applied for a place in the ballot for next year? If so, you’ll be hearing in the next day or so if you’ve been successful – and we wish you well.

If you are, congratulations, and why not consider running for us and helping our ongoing fight against meningitis as part of #TeamTangerine? We have a great support package for you (more of which later).

But with places slightly rarer than hen’s teeth, and with only one in ten of those who apply being successful, we have another way for you to get involved if you miss out on a ballot place. We still have a number of places from our guaranteed allocation to hand out, so please do get in touch if you’d like to be considered for one of these.

The application process is open, so why not apply now? Visit our London Marathon page for more information.

In memory of Evie

One of those who has successfully applied is Faye Ditchfield. She’s raising awareness and money for us in memory of her partner’s granddaughter Evie, who died less than 24 hours after a diagnosis on Meningococcal Group B in March this year. She was just 4 years old.

Fays told us, “It’s a massive challenge for me, having not run since high school days until recently. But I am committed and determined to do it for Evie.”

Fays is busy fundraising as well as training for the event. One of the companies backing her efforts is Experience Days, who provide the perfect gift experience. They have generously offered a valuable voucher for a raffle she is organising. Find out more at and read more about Faye and Evie’s story on her sponsorship page at

New world record

Last year the London Marathon raised a staggering £66.4 million for charities, setting a new world record for an annual single-day charity fundraising event. Our share of this particular pie was over a quarter of a million pounds, and we’re beyond grateful to the many supporters who put in the blood, sweat and tears to support us and our lifesaving and life-changing work. Of course, we’d like to do even better next year and with your ongoing support I’m sure we will.

A few more facts about the marathon:

  • The overall sum raised for charity since the event was founded in 1981 now exceeds £1 billion. 
  • And 42,500 people crossed the finish line this year – another record breaker. 
  • On the Friday before the marathon £1.1 million was raised via Virgin Money Giving with 151 donations coming through every minute on race day morning. 
  • And 30,000 edible water capsules were handed out to runners for the first time. There are plans to bring these back next year.

Whether you have your own ballot place or apply to run for us we’ll provide you with the same great support. You will receive:

  • your own personalised technical running top;
  • a huge welcome at our post-race reception, including drinks, lunch, a shower and a sports massage; training and fundraising support and materials; and
  • a dedicated Events Manager to help you every step of the way.

We ask our charity place runners to pledge to raise a minimum £2,000. Those with their own places do not have to make the same fundraising pledge. We look forward to welcoming you to #TeamTangerine.

We’ll tell you more about Faye and Evie’s story, and our other runners’ stories, between now and Race Day next April. Please support them if you can.

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