Run a marathon for the National Trust

Running on the South West Coast Path at the Penrose estate, South West

Would you like to run for charity? Help us look after the places you love by running a charity marathon or half marathon for the National Trust.

We're looking for runners to take part in one of these road running events in 2019 and 2020: Bath Half Marathon, Brighton Marathon and the Great North Run.

Which special place will you be thinking of as you pound towards the finishing line? Perhaps it's the sand dunes you train on, the woodland trail where you walk your dog, or the castle you explored with your grandparents.

Whether it's your first charity marathon running event or your 21st, we'd love you to put on your race shoes for us at these upcoming events:

Great Birmingham Run, 13 October 2019 - places for this half marathon are now filled

Bath Half Marathon, 15 March 2020

Brighton Marathon, 19 April 2020

Great North Run, 13 September 2020

If you sign up as a charity marathon runner with us, we'll send you a free fundraising pack. It's packed full of top tips and useful items, including a National Trust running vest, head scarf and stickers, to support you with your fundraising and training. You'll also get a unique wooden medal after your race, as a thank you from us for being our charity marathon running hero.

And if you've already got a place and would like to run in support of the National Trust, see below for information on fundraising for us as a charity marathon runner, and how we’ll support you.

Want to run for the National Trust? Email to register for a place

Now established as the second biggest half marathon in the UK, the Great Birmingham Run takes you through the heart of the city centre on traffic free roads.

Race start time: 10.30am
Start line location: Broad Street, Birmingham
Finish line location: Aston University Campus, Birmingham
Distance: 13.1 miles
Minimum fundraising amount: £300
Registration fee: £25

Sorry, places for this event are now filled. 

More details on the Great Birmingham Run >

The Bath Half Marathon is a fast, flat course, straddling both sides of the river Avon and avoiding all the hills surrounding the city.

Time: 10am
Start: Great Pulteney Street, Bath
Finish: Great Pulteney Street, Bath
Distance: 13.1 miles
Fundraising target: £300
Registration fee: £25

Email us to register for a National Trust place in the Bath Half Marathon

More details on the Bath Half Marathon >

The Brighton Marathon follows a scenic route along the sea front. Runners will pass the marina and go through Hove before heading back towards Brighton pier.

Time: 9.45am
Start: Preston Park, Brighton
Finish: Brighton Pier
Distance: 26.2 miles
Fundraising target: £500
Registration fee: £25

Email us to register for a National Trust place in the Brighton Marathon

More details on the Brighton Marathon >

The world’s biggest half marathon starts in central Newcastle and finishes next to the National Trust’s own Souter Lighthouse in South Shields.

Race start time: 10.30am
Start line location: Central Newcastle
Finish line location: South Shields
Distance: Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
Minimum fundraising amount: £400
Registration fee: £25

Email us to register for a National Trust place in the Great North Run

More details on the Great North Run >

How we'll support you

If you run for us you will receive a fundraising kit packed with ideas, hints and tips. It will include the following:

  • a National Trust race vest to share your charity while you run;
  • a head scarf to keep you cool as you sprint to the finish line;
  • stickers to proudly shout about what you’ve done;
  • a pledge card to help keep you motivated and on target;
  • posters to ensure as many people know as possible; and
  • a collection box to gather those important donations

And after your race, you'll get a unique wooden medal as a thank you.

We will also help you prepare for race day by sending you motivational emails, training schedules and nutritional information.

" The National Trust looks after some of the most beautiful countryside. I grew up visiting these places, which inspired my love of the outdoors. I ran for the Trust to play a small part in protecting these places so future generations can experience that same joy."
- Laura, who ran London's Royal Parks Half Marathon in 2018
Get kitted out for your challenge

As our official outdoor retail partner, Cotswold Outdoor is supporting us to look after coast and countryside. Don't forget, National Trust supporters receive a 15 per cent discount at Cotswold Outdoor, in store and online.*

*Full T&Cs apply. This is not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount. Selected lines are exempt. This offer is redeemable on production of your National Trust membership card in-store, or both members and our other supporters can email partners@cotswoldoutdoor.com to receive a discount code to use online or in-store. Offer expires 31/12/19.

How about running for a local place?

Libanus, Powys

Featuring the iconic skyline of Pen y Fan, Corn Du and Cribyn

Open today
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Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

An Italianate Palace in the heart of Suffolk

Partially open today
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Bath, Somerset

Beautiful and intimate 18th-century landscape garden in Bath

Open today
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Cows walking in Woolacombe dunes

Why we need your help  

Knowing that you're helping to save the places you love could be the motivation you need to make it over the finish line. Maybe it's the beach you loved as a child, the forest where you spotted an owl or the castle steeped in history. Looking after the places in our care takes thousands of hours and millions of pounds. Help us care for 780 miles of coast, 248,000 hectares of countryside, 200 gardens and 350 historic houses.

Want to run for the National Trust?

Email us to apply for one of our charity places. Already have a place and want to raise money for us? Email us for more information and a sponsorship form.