About

Timeline

1979

Founders of The London Marathon, Chris Brasher and John Disley ran the New York City Marathon for the first time.

1981

The first London Marathon was held on 29 March 1981.

The Trust was able to award seven grants of £1,500 each.

1991

By 1991 the charity had awarded more than £1 million to sports and recreation projects.

1998

In 1998, The Trustees set up a fund to enable The Trust to provide funding for the purchase and maintenance of public sports grounds to preserve them from development.

2001

By 2001 the charity had awarded more than £10 million to sports and recreation projects.

2011

By 2011 the charity had awarded more than £44 million to sports and recreation projects.

Prince Harry became Patron of The London Marathon Charitable Trust.

2012

The Trustees pledged to provide more than £6.9 million towards supporting the legacy facilities of the London 2012 Olympic Games, including contributions to the Community Track, VeloPark and North Hub Playground.

London Marathon Events Limited became the lead organiser of the Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling. The event is organised by the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership, which is majority-owned by London Marathon Events Limited. As a result, projects in Surrey became eligible for funding from The Trust.

The Trust made a £1m donation to the Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge which has subsequently benefited 105 Queen Elizabeth II Fields across London and Surrey.

The Trust sponsored the design of Poolpod, a submersible and mobile pool platform enabling independent access into a swimming pool, removing the need for a hoist or swing.

2013

In July 2013, the world’s first ever Compact Athletics Facility, part-funded by The Trust with a £150,000 grant, was opened by world 400m champion Christine Ohoruogu at Stoke Newington School in Hackney.

2015

35th anniversary of the London Marathon and The London Marathon Charitable Trust.

2016

1,000,000th runner crosses the Finish Line of the London Marathon.