How We Operate

The London Marathon Charitable Trust

The London Marathon Charitable Trust was created in 1981 by Chris Brasher and John Disley, the founders of the London Marathon, to meet one of their founding aims to raise money for sport and recreational facilities. Their vision ensured that the profits from the London Marathon – and future events - would go to The London Marathon Charitable Trust in perpetuity.

The Trust primarily provides grants towards the building or renovation of facilities that inspire people to lead a more active lifestyle and increase the number of people regularly taking part in sports and physical activities. Our present focus is engaging individuals and groups who do not currently participate in physical activity and are classified as inactive.  The vast majority of grants are awarded through our open grantmaking programmes to facilities that are located in areas where London Marathon Events Ltd organises events.

London Marathon Events Limited

London Marathon Events Limited organises the Virgin Money London Marathon and other iconic mass-participation sporting events:

In addition, the Prudential RideLondon festival of cycling is organised by the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership, which is majority-owned by London Marathon Events Limited.

After costs, 100 per cent of the surplus is gifted to The London Marathon Charitable Trust which then awards grants to recreational projects in London and other areas where London Marathon Events Limited events are staged – including London, Surrey, South Northamptonshire and Aylesbury Vale.

For further information on London Marathon Events Limited events, please email: helpdesk@londonmarathonevents.co.uk

Founding pillars

Chris Brasher and John Disley drew up six founding pillars when they created the London Marathon. These are:

  1. To improve the overall standard and status of British marathon running by providing a fast course and strong international competition
  2. To show to mankind that, on occasions, the ‘family of man’ can be united
  3. To raise money for the provision of recreational facilities in London
  4. To help London tourism
  5. To prove that when it comes to organising major events, ‘Britain is best’
  6. To have fun and provide some happiness and sense of achievement in a troubled world

London Marathon Events Limited’s work to support charities

London Marathon Events Limited is extremely proud of its work supporting charities to raise money for worthwhile causes. Many of those who take on the challenge of completing an event decide to use their participation as an opportunity to raise funds for charity.

The London Marathon holds the world record for the largest annual single day fundraising event.    

Since the London Marathon began in 1981, runners have raised in excess of £890 million, which has gone directly to their selected charities.

Runners in the 2017 London Marathon raised more than £61.5 million for charities of their own choice and this money went, as always, directly to those charities.

In the five years since the event was first held in 2013, Prudential RideLondon has now raised more than £53 million for charity. The 2017 event raised more than £12.75 million, beating the previous record of £12m.