Run a marathon for the National Trust

Runner wearing National Trust singlet at the Royal Parks Half Marathon in London

Would you like to run for charity? Help us look after the places that you love by running a 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: Cardiff Half Marathon, Great Birmingham Run, the Great North Run, Bath Half Marathon and Brighton Marathon.

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 race or your 21st, we'd love you to put on your running shoes for us at these upcoming events:

Great North Run, 8 September 2019 - sorry, all places for this event are now full

Cardiff Half Marathon, 6 October 2019

Great Birmingham Run, 13 October 2019

Bath Half Marathon, 15 March 2020

Brighton Marathon, 19 April 2020

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

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

Places for this half marathon are now filled.

This predominately flat and fast course takes runners past Cardiff’s most iconic landmarks with beautiful scenery and historic buildings. 

Race start time: 10am
Start line location: Cardiff Castle
Finish line location: Museum of Wales, Cardiff
Distance: 13.1 miles
Minimum fundraising amount: £300
Registration fee: £25

Email us to register your Cardiff Half Marathon place

More details on the Cardiff Half Marathon >

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

Email us to register your Great Birmingham Run place

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 your Bath Half Marathon place

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 your Brighton Marathon place

More details on the Brighton Marathon >

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.

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:

  • 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

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

Want to run for the National Trust?

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

" 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
How about running for a local place?

Libanus, Powys

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

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Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

An Italianate Palace in the heart of Suffolk

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Bath, Somerset

Beautiful and intimate 18th-century landscape garden in Bath

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