Always wanted to run a marathon and looking for the perfect opportunity? Well now is your chance!
In partnership with Manchester Marathon organisers, Human Race, and mental health charity, Mind, we’re giving you the chance to win one of two free places for the 2024 Adidas Manchester Marathon which takes place on 14 April 2024.
At England Athletics, we are passionate about giving opportunities and breaking down barriers to runners participating in our sport, whether financially, geographically, or due to background and ability.
As part of #RunAndTalk Week, we are encouraging clubs up and down the country to open their doors to members and the local community to come together and run, but more importantly to give people the opportunity to talk and share their experiences of mental health – positive or negative. Running together removes the barriers that sitting around a table may present, encouraging more free discussion from what you are planning for dinner that evening to more personal topics.
It is no secret that running can support your body, but for many the act of stepping out of the front door and heading for a run whether alone or with your club can have mental benefits far outweighing the physical.
We want to support two runners who are passionate about running and breaking down the mental health stigma to take part in the Manchester Marathon. You would be participating as part of Team Mind and helping to share their message of supporting the fight for mental health.
Training for a marathon is no mean feat, but the reward of crossing the finish line after achieving such a huge challenge is immense. So, if you think you are up for the challenge and would like to be a part of Team Mind next April, then enter your details below!
How do I apply?
All you need to do is fill in the below form with your details including your URN. You will then be entered into a random draw. The applications will close on Friday 20 October.
Once the participants have been selected, they will be contacted by email on Monday 23 October.
What support will I receive?
As your place will be gifted by England Athletics and event organisers Human Race, you will not be expected to raise a specified total for Mind, but you may wish to support this fantastic cause. In the build-up, you will receive the usual variety of training plans and tips from the organisers of the Marathon, as well as your race day top from the team at Mind.
Alongside this, as part of the competition you will also receive two progress calls with a member of the England Athletics road running coaching team throughout the next couple of months to check in on how your training is going and give some top tips to help you out.
Keeping in touch
If you are selected, we would love to follow along with your journey and share this with the England Athletics family throughout the coming months in the build-up to the marathon in the new year. You never know, you may inspire somebody else to take the plunge and sign up for their first challenge!
Application form for the prize draw
Prize draw is now closed