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 three road running events in 2019 – the Bath Half Marathon, Brighton Marathon or the London Landmarks Half Marathon.

Already got a place? Find out why we need your support.

Your miles matter to us. We need your support to care for the rivers, mountains, beaches and forests you love to escape to.

We have reserved a number of running places at three spring marathon events:

Bath Half Marathon, 17 March 2019

London Landmarks Half Marathon, 24 March 2019

Brighton Marathon, 14 April 2019

If you sign up with us, we'll send you a National Trust running vest and a fundraising kit. We'll support you with your fundraising and training, and you'll also receive a discount on items from our official outdoor partner Cotswold Outdoor. These places will get filled up quickly.

And if you've already got a place and would like to support the National Trust, see below for information on fundraising for us and what we'll give you in return.

Bath Half Marathon, 17 March 2019

The Bath Half Marathon is an established and popular road running event. This flat and traffic-free route along the River Avon is suitable for runners of all abilities.

  • Time:10am
  • Start line: runners will be allocated one of eight start pens near Great Pulteney Street, Bath
  • Finish: Great Pulteney Street, Bath
  • Distance: 13.1 miles 
  • Minimum fundraising amount: £300
  • Registration fee: £25

Would you like to run for the National Trust? Email us to register


Starting at Pall Mall and finishing near Downing Street, the London Landmarks Half Marathon offers runners incredible views of Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral, Nelson's Column, the Gherkin, the Shard and the London Eye. Mile markers will also reveal quirky facts about the city. 

  • Time: 9.30am
  • Start line: Pall Mall, London 
  • Finish: Downing Street, London
  • Distance: 13.1 miles
  • Registration fee: £25
  • Minimum fundraising amount: £400

Do you want to run for the National Trust? Email us to register

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 line: Preston Park
  • Finish line: Brighton pier
  • Distance: 26 miles
  • Registration fee: £25
  • Fundraising target: £600

Would you like to run for the National Trust? Email us to register

Want to run for the National Trust? Email to register for a place
Corfe Castle in the dawn mist

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.

" 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 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.

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Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

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Bath, Somerset

Beautiful and intimate 18th-century landscape garden in Bath

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