Run A Marathon In A Day To Raise Money For Mental Health Charity Mind

Brothers plan to run the London Marathon together and raise awareness for mental health

Run A Marathon In A Day To Raise Money For Mental Health Charity Mind

It’s only days until the 2017 Virgin London Marathon and Livability is proud to have 22 people running in support of our charity. One of our runners is Andy Thompson will be taking on the marathon with his brother Peter – currently taking on the ‘Marathons for the Mind challenge. We spoke to Andy about what he’s most looking forward to in the lead up to the big day.

When did you decide to run the London Marathon?

I’ve wanted to run the London Marathon for years and applied many times. I’d applied again this year through the ballot but couldn’t get in. My brother (Pete Thompson), who had a charity place through Livability for his Marathons for the Mind event, had secretly asked if I could have his place.

He gets one as an elite athlete and London will be the 23rd of 44 consecutive marathons he’s running in each country in Europe for Livability. Livability were kind enough to let me have his charity place and I was overjoyed when my brother told me. It means that I can run with him during his event and that we can experience running the London Marathon together.

It’ll be a really special day for us and part of a really special adventure for him.

What inspired you to run for Livability?

I heard about the charity through my brother.

It was his charity of choice to race money for through his Marathons for the Mind challenge and now I understand why! The work that Livability do is incredible, and the support that they have given my brother is exceptional.

They make the world a better place, and are incredibly humble about doing so. I’ll be very proud to represent Livability at the London Marathon and will continue to do so for any events I do in the future.

How have you found the training?

Training can sometimes be lonely, exhausting and repetitive during the low points but the high points are great.

I’m lucky enough to run around the parks and canals of East London and watching the city wake up on long runs over the weekend is a precious experience.

I’ve mixed things up with quite a half marathon and 10 mile events and found motivation in the bigger picture of running for a great cause with my brother.

Can you give us a highlight from the training?

My desire to run the event has to be able to provide support for my brother, to help him if he’s struggling and to celebrate with him when he succeeds.

To do be in a position to provide that I needed to get fitter, which is a personal goal, but the main point was not a personal target, but to be able to do something for someone I love.

I guess what I’ve learnt is the incredible motivation you can gain from the desire to be there for someone you deeply care about and the joy you get from the feeling that you’re involved in something bigger than yourself. It makes the motivation easier because that matters much more than getting a certain time or losing a bit of weight!

What time are you hoping for?

I’ll be running with my brother to support him, so we will be going at his pace!

What are you looking forward to most about the London Marathon?

Giving my brother a big hug when we cross the finish line.

You can also read about other ways to support Livability or become a regular donor here →


Charities in the spotlight: Mind

Run A Marathon In A Day To Raise Money For Mental Health Charity Mind

We're giving our charity partners the opportunity to have their say on all things related to London Marathon Events. This month, we speak to Vivienne Martin, Events Fundraising Manager for Mind.

Mind, the mental health charity, have been involved with the London Marathon since the early days of the event.

Vivienne says: “Mind have been incredibly proud to be part of this world famous event for so long.”


Vivienne says the Virgin Money London Marathon attracts a team of runners committed to the cause.

“Being able to meet these committed Mind supporters is where it gets really special for us” she says. “From seeing them run past our cheer points and being able to give them the pick-me-up they need to make it through the miles, to meeting them at our post-race.

“Our runners put their heart and soul into fundraising and training over so many months to reach that day, often running for a loved one, and seeing them complete the event and step into our post-race with exhausted and relieved faces, greeted with cheers of celebration – it’s just magical for us. Particularly for the team who’ve supported them along their journey.

“They spend a year building relationships with our runners, supporting them through the challenges of fundraising and the epic ups and downs of training, so being able to meet them in person and thank them for their incredible efforts face to face is why we all come to work every day. Without them we couldn’t continue our work – they are what bring our jobs to life.”

Make some noise!

Mind has three cheer points out on the course of the Virgin Money London Marathon, allowing them to support their runners in full voice.

Vivienne says: “We pride ourselves on being the loudest out there! The sea of blue Mind t-shirts come out in force along with all the bells, whistles and mega phones we can find, to help our runners feel part of something truly special and give them to boost they need to keep push onto the end.

“And our post-race reception is the icing on the cake. We hold our reception in a stunning hotel on the Embankment, and to give our runners that extra special treatment we have a red carpet for them to walk onto so they feel the super stars that they are.

Supporters can get the all-important massage they need to help alleviate their aches and pains, we provide yummy food and drinks and photo ops, and of course we have lots of Mind staff on hand to give our runners lots of attention and thanks.

The atmosphere is buzzing at our post-race and really is a highlight of the day.”


Vivienne is looking forward to seeing London Marathon Events continue to develop their support for charities over the coming years.

“It would be great for charities to be able to get closer to London Marathon Events and gain further engagement directly with them,” she says. “Charities make up such a big part of their events so it would be fantastic to be able to input more and share our experiences to make the events as effective for all as possible.

“We’d love to see more support for charities on promoting events Prudential RideLondon, particularly to help smaller charities who might struggle with filling their places.”



Run A Marathon In A Day To Raise Money For Mental Health Charity Mind

Get involved in a fundraising activity to help us in achieving our aim of making Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about and taking care of mental health. 

To register and set up a giving page with us where 100% of the proceeds come to Suffolk Mind, complete this form and we’ll be in touch. You can also use Virgin Money Giving or Just Giving sites and opt to fundraise for Suffolk Mind, Charity Reg No. 1003061.

Fundraising Ideas: Raise awareness and fundraise for Suffolk Mind at the same time

You could organise an event at work, in a local community group or amongst friends and family. You probably have some amazing ideas but if you are looking for some inspiration, here are some event ideas you could do to support us:

Fire Walk for Suffolk Mind. Are you brave enough to take part in the Firewalk 100 on Wednesday 26 February 2020 at Ufford Park Hotel in Woodbridge? You can sign up here.

Bake Off! Organise your own Suffolk Mind Bake Off any day and time of the year. It can be held anywhere, perhaps in the office/staff room, at your school or even at your home. Sell your slices of delicious bakes and raise money at the same time. 

Dress Down/Up Day Have a day in the office, at school, at your club or community group when people can make a small donation to wear whatever they want for that day, or maybe something themed. It could be a Christmas Jumper Day or Halloween dress up, Easter time bunny ears or just casual wear for a change?

Quiz Nights are a great way to fundraise and are popular events for anyone to show off their general knowledge and work together in teams. Charging an entry fee for individuals or teams is an easy way to raise funds.

Raffle A raffle is always popular at any event and is a fantastic way to raise additional money to donate to your favourite charity. All you need is generous people to donate some gifts for prizes and a raffle ticket book!

Pamper Evening Have a night in with the girls, pamper yourself and your friends and support Suffolk Mind by asking for donations to attend and sell raffle tickets on the night.

Music night/concert For the creative and musical people who can offer co-ordinate an event for music lovers, this can be a very special night and lots of people can get involved to make it a success. Sell tickets and drum up some additional donations throughout the event.

Take up a challenge

Raise awareness and challenge yourself to something new to meet your need for achievement, and help support Suffolk Mind too.

Planning a challenge as a team or something more personal can be different for all of us and there are so many things to do and ways to do them. Whether you are thinking of doing a sponsored skydive, a sponsored walk or even committing to giving up a bad habit, there’s so much to choose from.

We want to support you through your challenge and can help with any resources you might need, contacts, advice and support, every step of the way! We can provide a supporter t-shirt/running vest and can help with promotion to help you achieve your goal and raise awareness along the way. You can also set up a giving page on our website here and a member of the fundraising team will be in touch.

Whatever type of event, challenge or activity you are planning – large or small – we are keen to hear how we can support you if you need us.  We can come and talk about our work and services that we provide, send you literature, poster templates and promotional materials plus collection buckets and pots.

Get in touch with our team: [email protected], 07818332461.

Keep up to date with new campaigns you can get involved in, activities and events throughout Suffolk and see what others are doing for and at Suffolk Mind  – sign up to our newsletter here.


Charity Runs or Walks You Can Do This Year to Support Mental Health

Run A Marathon In A Day To Raise Money For Mental Health Charity Mind
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Running and walking are great ways to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and lower blood pressure. So it makes sense that around the world, many mental health charities organize walks and runs to build a sense of community and promote exercise while also raising money for mental health initiatives.

Whether you're running your first 5K or you're a seasoned runner, here are 10 ways to get involved in a mental health awareness walk or run near you.


The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) organizes NAMIWalks in more than 100 cities across the United States every year.

Nearly 80,000 participants have laced up to raise close to $12 million as well as awareness for the treatment of mental illnesses.

Walkers can register online to raise donations to support their walk, participating as individuals, joining a team, or creating a new team. Leashed dogs are allowed to join you on the course, too. While registration is free, fundraising is encouraged.


The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention organizes walks in all 50 states to help fund research, support survivors, promote education, and champion for policy change. More than 250,000 people participate in the walks, which average at three miles. If you signed up solo, look for the designated space for walkers to meet and get to know each other so no one walks alone.


Started by Dr. Adel B. Korkor, the Five Fifty Fifty 5K series takes place in all 50 states across 50 days with a mission to increase awareness, conversation, and action around mental health.

Money raised from the series benefits his AB Korkor Foundation, which helps fund research, fill the gaps in affordable mental health care, and prioritizes minorities, veterans, and those coping with addiction.

They also host a virtual 5K for World Mental Health Day each October where you run at your own location individually or with friends and family.


The Walk for Mental Health Awareness in Houston hosts an annual 5K that's garnered nearly $200,000 for various mental health organizations in the greater Houston area, the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America.

Rather than having a traditional finish line, the 5K walk/run ends with an “Arch of Breakthrough” to commemorate achievements in recovery.

Leashed dogs are welcome to join the course, and there's a Children's Corner with information about youth mental illnesses.


Named in honor of their mother who committed suicide after years of battling schizophrenia, the Mind Over Matter (MOM) 5K in Royal Oak, Michigan was founded in 2006 to bring awareness to suicide prevention and mental health.

Beyond a chance to run or walk the 3.1-mile flat course, the annual event includes raffle prizes, refreshments, live music, and a post-race party.

The organization has raised more than $350,000 for brain research and crisis intervention programs.


This race, hosted by the John. W. Brick Mental Health Foundation and held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, includes giveaways, a kids' zone, and an awards ceremony. All money raised from the event benefits the Foundation's study being conducted by the University of California San Francisco, analyzing how holistic options, exercise and healthy eating, can support mental health.


“Every step gives us hope.” That's the motto behind the Foundation for Hope's flagship event, held annually for more than 30 years in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

They host a 5K as well as a 1-mile family fun run, raising money for research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Department of Psychiatry to better understand the root causes of mental illness and working to erase the stigma surrounding it.

If you're not up for the physical activity, you can buy a ticket for their day-long festival, which includes music, food, games, and prizes.


Take in sights of Washington D.C.

's most famous landmarks during the Mental Health Advocacy Capital Walk that supports mental health awareness specifically related to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and benefits the International OCD Foundation.

You can walk the 1.7-mile loop individually, with friends, or create a team. After the race, meet leaders from various mental health nonprofits and learn about the resources they provide.

Don't feel discouraged if you don't live near a large nationwide race. Use it as an opportunity to find a smaller local 5K or walk in support of mental health awareness in your area. You might even consider joining a virtual race or making a trip signing up for a larger race in a destination you've always wanted to visit.

If you've already signed up for a race but are looking for a charity to raise funds for, Still I Run could be a fit.

The organization is on a mission to change the stereotypes surrounding mental illness, build community, and motivate those living with depression, anxiety, and other disorders to cope through exercise.

By raising money for the organization, you'll be contributing to their outreach program, which includes group fun runs around the country from California to Maryland.

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Run For Charity

Run A Marathon In A Day To Raise Money For Mental Health Charity Mind
Make your miles count by fundraising for one of our official charities. It increases your focus on those long winter nights and when the training gets tough it makes completing the MK Marathon even more rewarding.

Every charity will offer you incentives to help you reach your fundraising goals, as well as invaluable support and advice in the lead up to, and on your big day.

If you are a Charity and would to see how you can benefit from our event then please download our Charity Pack 2020 here

No. 261017

Macmillan Cancer Support is proud to be the Lead Charity for the Milton Keynes Marathon, with your help we will help support more people live better with cancer.

By 2030, the number of people living with and beyond cancer in Buckinghamshire will fill the MK Dons’ football stadium nearly twice.

Every day 11 people in Buckinghamshire hear the devastating news they have cancer, and four people die from the illness. In Buckinghamshire 120 Macmillan professionals work in local clinical environments and the community.

We need your help to support people affected by cancer, join Team Macmillan today and in return, we will give you a free technical running t-shirt, great fundraising tips, and amazing support.

Find out more:

No. 1068724

Mind BLMK works across our communities to support positive mental health and wellbeing.

Working closely with a range of partners, we offer a number of activities from our wellbeing centres and local venues to make a difference to the mental health and wellbeing of people in Bedfordshire, Luton, and Milton Keynes, and our aim is to make sure that no-one has to face a mental health problem alone.

Find out more:

No. 270194

Willen Hospice is a charity that puts patients and their families at the very heart of everything that we do.

Our staff and volunteers give constant care in a considerate, peaceful environment where patients coming to the end of their lives and their loved ones can really make the most of their time left together.

We’re close to so many people’s hearts because of the compassionate, personal end of life care we provide for free – both at our hospice at beautiful Willen Lake and also in people’s homes.

We are so proud to be part of a thriving community that supports each other but with increasing cuts and more people than ever needing our services

Find out more:

No. 1123762

MK Dons Sport and Education Trust (SET) is an independent charity aligned to Milton Keynes Dons using the brand of the club as one of its tools of engagement to improve the lives and experiences of its local community. The SET delivers life-changing programs in Milton Keynes and the surrounding area.

Find out more:

No. 1048297

Milton Keynes Hospital Charity raises funds for all wards and departments at the hospital – making a real difference to the experience of patients, their families, and the staff who treat them.

Find out more:

No. 1084910

Thames Valley Air Ambulance is at the frontline of saving lives. Together we make a difference – helping our community when they need us most.

Our paramedics, doctors and pilots are highly trained and ready for any eventually, giving you the best chance when the worst happens. Every day, somebody in our community could be in urgent need of our service. Within minutes, we bring the expertise, equipment and treatment of the hospital to them.

The support we receive allows us to deliver advanced medical care to people in a medical emergency night and day.

Find out more at:

No. 1180087

One in four children in Milton Keynes live in poverty and could go to bed hungry tonight. The knock-on affects of child hunger are huge; affecting the physical, educational and social development of thousands of children across our city. We’re not ok with that.

To fight child hunger, St Mark’s Meals boxes – packed with a recipe card and all the ingredients needed to make a yummy family meal – are stored in schools and family centres across the city, ready for the most vulnerable families in Milton Keynes to take home, prepare and enjoy together any night they need it.

Our meals are healthy and child-friendly, easy to make and tasty to eat, and they cost just £5. Can you help us put dinner on the table for a family in need tonight?

St Mark’s Meals: because child hunger is not ok!

Find out more at:


No. 1033626

Run the MK Marathon for Action4Youth and help young people in Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire of every background, abilities, and disabilities achieve their full potential.

  Our work includes outdoor activities for children with disabilities at Caldecotte Xperience in Milton Keynes;  121 mentoring for young people who are in danger of falling into antisocial behaviour and crime; or preparing young people for working life and their role in society through The Inspiration Programme. 

Action4Youth inspires young people to become Inspiring Young People.

Find out more here:


Mental Health Awareness

Run A Marathon In A Day To Raise Money For Mental Health Charity Mind

A few years ago I ran the London Marathon. First and foremost I wanted to take on a physical challenge, and in doing so to raise money for charity. With friends, family and colleagues who had experienced mental health problems, Mind stood out as the charity that I wanted to support. I didn’t realise, however, that running the marathon for Mind would have other consequences. 

Running the London Marathon for Mind in 2016

During my marathon training an old friend used to send me motivational emails in advance of my gruelling long runs. One week she sent her usual email, but its content completely shifted my motivation for putting on my running shoes. 

Her email explained that the previous weekend she and some of her good friends had met up for lunch, during which they started talking about the fact I was running the marathon for Mind.

That in turn led to them talking about their own mental health, past and present – a conversation that, in their many years of friendship, they had never previously had.

She told me that it didn’t matter how my training run went, or how things went on marathon day itself because I had caused people to have a conversation about mental health, a conversation that made them realise they weren’t alone, and which left them feeling more supported than ever before. 

“It’s not just the money you are raising, you’re promoting awareness and getting people talking. And people are actually opening up and learning to trust each other more.

You running the marathon has been a conversation starter. The awareness you’re promoting is making people realise they are not alone or “odd” because they have certain feelings and thoughts.

 You did that and something that is priceless.”

Ambitious finish times and fundraising targets were sharply put into perspective. I realised that my real achievement in running the marathon was in getting people talking and opening up about mental health. 

In the years since the marathon I’ve tried to continue promoting conversations the one had by my friend, and to raise awareness about mental health. With the deaths of my friends Jenny and Troy this has become even more important to me, and I want to use my walk to Rome to engage in more conversations about mental health and to get others talking.

It’s easy to convince ourselves that one conversation won’t make a difference, or that we aren’t equipped to embark on it in the first place. But I would encourage you to think otherwise.

A conversation, whether long or short, can help to reduce the stigma that currently surrounds something that is entirely natural and normal. It can give someone the support they need, maybe even the courage to speak up or to seek professional help.

And, what I’ve seen to be incredibly powerful, it can help people to realise they aren’t alone and that others around them have experienced similar thoughts and feelings. 

I am no expert, and I’m not a mental health professional.

But the conversations I’ve had to date – be it with friends, family, colleagues or strangers – have led me to understand that you don’t need to be either to lend someone your ear or to initiate a conversation.

It’s only by talking openly that we can promote a better understanding of mental health problems and create a world where ignorance and judgement don’t prejudice those who struggle with them. 

In my conversations about mental health I’ve discovered a number of valuable resources, which may be of help to you or your family, friends or colleagues. You can read more about these resources here. 


Fundraise for Us

Run A Marathon In A Day To Raise Money For Mental Health Charity Mind

We welcome and support anyone who wishes to make a contribution to Birmingham Mind, financial contributions help us to support the services we provide across the city, but we also welcome donations to support our services.

We currently operate a “Fundraising Wish List”, off which anyone can choose to purchase or donate an item.  You can download our current Fundraising List .

If you would to make a contribution towards our list, then please get in touch with us 

You can make a real difference in your own community by raising vital funds for Birmingham Mind and changing people’s lives for the better.

Whether you want to arrange your own fundraising event or participate in a sponsored event such as the Great Midlands Fun Run or the Birmingham Half Marathon, we can help you make the most of your efforts.

Holding a fundraising event can be a great way to raise money and have fun in the process.

Whatever you want to do; from holding a cake sale, putting on a concert, organising a raffle, doing a pub quiz, treasure hunt, tea dance, book sale or even Zumba, you can turn it into a fundraising event.

Your fundraising event can be as large or small as you want it to be, but however you do it we are here to support you every step of the way, ensuring that whatever you decide to do is a great success!

Firstly, you need to decide what sort of activity you want to do. Choose an event that you will enjoy organising and taking part in and that you know you’ll be able to organise with relative ease. We will give you all the support you need to make the event a success. We can provide

  • Collection tins/buckets
  • Birmingham Mind leaflets,
  • Promotional and Marketing supplies:
    • Pens,
    • Keyrings
    • Wrist bands
    • Bags
    • Banners and Posters
    • T-shirts
  • Sponsorship Forms

We are also able to support your event on Social Media and you may even appear in our Newsletter!

Taking on a challenge or run is a great way to help change a person’s life, while staying fit and having fun. We can provide you with Sponsorship Forms or you can set up an online donation page

Next time you’re celebrating a special occasion, why not ask for donations instead of unwanted gifts? – Whether it’s a birthday, wedding, anniversary, christening, retirement or any other occasion, supporting Birmingham Mind will make your day extra special.

If you looking for a creative way to make an upcoming special occasion more significant or maybe you’re wondering how to make your wedding favours more meaningful to commemorate your big day.

What better way to honour a special event and thank your guests than by making a donation to Birmingham Mind in lieu of party favours.

While you and your guests celebrate a milestone or the beginning of a new stage of life, you’ll also be helping individuals with mental health issues take steps toward better lives with your special gift.

No matter what the size, these gifts will help Birmingham Mind to help us to continue provide mental health services in the Birmingham area.

Useful resources
This website was developed by the Institute of Fundraising and gives great, thorough advice, ideas and information on anything you may need as you plan and organise your event.
The Institute of Fundraising provides Best Practice guides on a wide range of subjects including Event Fundraising, Outdoor Fundraising and Raffles and Lotteries.

Let us know what you are up to by contacting our Fundraising Department:
Telephone: 0121 608 8001 or Email


Running for Mental Health

Run A Marathon In A Day To Raise Money For Mental Health Charity Mind

So what do we do to try and reach better mental health and happiness in our day-to-day life at Alphabet? The below list is some of the things we do at Alphabet and some of the things that work pretty well for me. It’s by no means a definitive list, but hopefully, one that might get you thinking of ways to improve your own work/life balance.

1. Communicate
If something doesn’t feel right, or if we have any concerns about something in the studio or the way a project is going we let it be known. That applies to members of the team, but clients too. Hopefully, a healthy, productive discussion will ensue. At worst, you might not agree but at least they will know where you stand. There’s nothing to lose.

2. Set Realistic Timelines
Design is something we love, but we also love plenty of other things too, so it’s important to be present and focused on everything we do and getting it done. But that doesn’t mean staying late every day.

In most cases, that thing can wait until tomorrow morning. So set realistic timelines, and don’t promise the world if it means doing an all-nighter to pull it off. Get yourself home, eat some good food and handle the rest tomorrow with renewed energy.

3. Hobbies Hobbies Hobbies
I used to feel guilty not doing design, or not thinking about design all the time. Time away from something not only helps you be a better designer but also allows your subconscious mind to connect the dots between loose ideas and form amazing concepts.

This is why there’s truth to the old saying about always having your best ideas whilst in the shower. Check out “A Technique for Producing Ideas” by James Webb Young here. It talks about this in great detail. So go out there, and lace-up those old footy boots again, or maybe take up that thing you’ve always wanted to learn.

It will not only make you a happier, healthier individual, but also a more creative designer full of kick-ass ideas.

4. Separate Fact from Opinion
It’s easier said than done, but it’s crucial. If a client doesn’t a concept and says something isn’t “good”, or “not creative enough”, or “needs more pop” that is simply their opinion.

Ask them how it could be better, what in their mind makes it “more creative” and try to understand their line of thinking. Seek more constructive feedback. A clients opinion is not a reflection of you as a creative. Which takes me on to…

5. Value Yourself
The transition from education to full-time work is not an easy one. I used to wrestle with a form of “Imposter Syndrome”, where I thought I didn’t deserve or wasn’t good enough to be where I am now. The truth is I am, and so are you.

You wouldn’t be where you are right now if you weren’t. So keep your head up, and remember you know what you’re doing. Take feedback on board of course, but also advise clients and work with them. Push back on things if they don’t make sense.

Remember, the client came to you for creativity and guidance, or they’d do it themself.

6. Look After Yourself
This is the underlying topic of the whole post, but it goes without saying. Physical health is directly related to mental health, they’re both just as important and blur together. Again, linking back to #2, it’s very easy working in our industry to kind of ‘accept’ that we’ll be in bad shape, eat bad food, and have terrible posture.

It doesn’t need to be this way. I was guilty of this myself for a long time. I regularly grabbed a meal deal from Tesco on my lunch and was loaded with coffee at all times, but it’s cheaper and much healthier to prepare your own food.

Design is also a very stationary job, so maybe take time to go for a walk on your break, or exercise after work now that you have more time on your hands after addressing #2.

7. Friday Drinks
This seems an obvious one and is commonplace but probably for a very good reason. At Alphabet, we all get on very well, but we also take our work seriously and focus on the job at hand.

One of the things that make up our studio culture is we understand when to loosen up and when to knuckle down and get things done. For that reason, we try and do something as a team at the end of the week.

It could be going for a team meal, some drinks, or just attending an event or soaking in some culture within the community. Straying away from talking about work and spending time with each other as friends talking about what’s going on in our lives is important.

It takes the edge off and it reminds us one of the main reasons we set up Alphabet in the first place. The people.



Run A Marathon In A Day To Raise Money For Mental Health Charity Mind

Make your miles matter and secure your Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon entry via one of our amazing charities. Scroll down to see our full list of official charities!

Headline Charity Partner

We’re the only ones fighting over 200 cancers, including the 1 that matters most to you. Our life-saving work is funded entirely by the generosity of our supporters, so every step we make towards beating cancer relies on every pound, and every runner.

Thanks to our amazing supporters, survival rates across all forms of cancer have doubled in the last 40 years, but we can’t stop there. Our ambition is to accelerate progress and see three quarters of patients surviving cancer within the next 20 years.

Join our team today and together, we will beat cancer.


When you join our team, we’ll support you every step of the way with:

  • Technical charity running top
  • Fundraising pack
  • Fundraising advice and help from our team
  • Expert training tips and access to training plans and nutrition advice
  • Dedicated fundraising contact

National Charity Partner

Alzheimer’s Research UK is the UK’s leading dementia research charity dedicated to diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure.

Backed by our passionate scientists and supporters, we’re challenging the way people think about dementia, bringing together the people and organisations who can speed up progress, and investing in research to make life-changing breakthroughs possible.

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust is a leading mental health charity which focuses on young people’s mental well-being.

With 1 in 10 young people now experiencing mental health difficulties, the charity’s work has never been more important.

The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust gives young people the tools to take care of their own mental health. We also train and educate those people best placed to spot when a young person might be in trouble and offer the necessary support, such as parents, teachers, university staff and line managers.

Local Charity Partner

Join Team CRCC for a fantastic way to mark International Women’s Day 2020!

At Cambridge Rape Crisis Centre, we want all women and girls to be free from the fear and experience of sexual violence. Every year we support more than 1,000 survivors across Cambridgeshire to not only cope and recover from the impact of sexual violence but to go on to flourish and thrive.

Our work is only possible because of our incredible supporters. We can be there for survivors because you are there for us.

Each and every runner joining us makes a huge difference for local women and girls affected by rape, child sexual abuse and sexual violence, giving them support at a time when they need it most.

Today, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem in any one year. Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and South Lincolnshire Mind (CPSL Mind) supports local people in their recovery from mental health challenges. We promote positive wellbeing and we campaign against the stigma & discrimination faced by so many people experiencing mental health challenges.

Gold Bond Charities

If you’re a charity that would to hear more about the opportunity to be associated with the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon we would to hear from you.


44 Marathons Man completes epic ‘Marathons for the Mind’ challenge

Run A Marathon In A Day To Raise Money For Mental Health Charity Mind

Supporters from Livability's Flourish project at Livability Holton Lee

Neil Stevens – Centre Manager at Livability’s Holton Lee centre in Poole said:

‘We are delighted that Peter chose to support Livability by attempting this amazing challenge. Livability is a charity that is passionate about tackling barriers that can cause people to be isolated. We know that growing awareness for and supporting people with mental illness is an essential part of this.

Through our work at Livability we put this in to action – creating a place of wellbeing, community and inclusion through the horticulture and woodland projects we run at Holton Lee. We are proud that through such projects we are seeing people who live with mental illness report improved levels of wellbeing and social connection.

We’re deeply humbled that Peter has chosen such a challenging way in which to help promote this vital and important work.’

Karen Bolton, Community & Events Manager at Mind, said:

“We are truly grateful to Pete for his incredible efforts in undertaking this mammoth challenge and for choosing Mind as one of the charities to benefit from his fundraising. We hope that his challenge will also help to open up the conversation around mental health and encourage more people to get support if they need it.

Sport, ecotherapy and exercise not only help to change people’s opinions around mental health, but Peter’s challenge will raise vital money, which will fund Mind’s vital work including the Mind Infoline, our advice services and the campaigning Mind does to secure a better deal for the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem every year.”

How Peter’s support is helping Mind’s work

Money raised from Peter’s challenge will help Mind provide vital support for people with mental health problems, including the Mind Infoline, advice services and the campaigning Mind does to secure a better deal for the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem every year.

Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

It does this through a network of around 140 local Minds who provide services specific to local needs, supporting over 390,000 people each year.

Mind also support over 16 million people through its award-winning information services which includes extensive online advice and guides on all aspects of mental health.

On behalf of EtchRock and the entire challenge community, we want to wish Peter congratulations on this fantastic achievement.

Marathons for the Mind was a huge success in all regards, with Peter completing all 44 marathons in 44 countries whilst simultaneously raising funds and awareness for the fine folks over at Mind and the great work that they do. Watch this space to see what comes from Peter next! 

For now, I think we can all agree he deserves a well-earned rest!