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About London Marathon Events

London Marathon Events

When the late Chris Brasher and John Disley founded the London Marathon, they established six founding aims for the organisation. Forty years on, London Marathon Events has built on these to develop its vision, values and aims:

Our vision: Inspiring Activity
Our values: Inspiration, Excellence, Integrity, Together and Fun
Our aims:

  • To have fun and provide some happiness and a sense of achievement in a troubled world 
  • To show humanity that, on occasions, society can be united 
  • To inspire more people to take up sport 
  • To maximise revenue for charities 
  • To improve the overall standard and status of British distance running 
  • To raise money for the provision of recreational facilities in London, the areas where we organise events and across the UK 
  • To help London tourism 
  • To show when it comes to organising events, ‘Britain is best’
  • To inspire and deliver innovation in mass participation event sustainability

Each year the surplus from our events is transferred under Gift Aid to the London Marathon Charitable Trust. The Trust awards grants to projects that inspire people to become and remain active in London and across the UK. Read about the work of The Trust at

We organise five other running events:

Chris Thompson

Supporting British endurance running

London Marathon Events is committed to improving the standard of British endurance running and has created a pathway of support that stretches from playground to podium.

London Marathon Events is also the majority owner of the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership, which organises the RideLondon cycling festival. It also organises Children with Cancer UK Swim Serpentine, an open water swimming festival in Hyde Park.

A new mass participation challenge called the London Classics was launched in 2017. Everyone who completes the London Marathon, the RideLondon 100 cycling sportive and the two-mile Swim Serpentine event receives a London Classics medal and is listed in the London Classics Hall of Fame. The medal is engraved with the words: ‘Et ego Londinium vici’ (I too have conquered London). More details:

Board of Directors

Terry Duddy (also serves as a Trustee of The London Marathon Charitable Trust)

Non Executive Directors 
Chi Evi-Parker 
Robin Geller  
Susan Goldsmith 
Arun Kang OBE  
Damien Lane  
Alan Pascoe MBE (also serves as a Trustee of The London Marathon Charitable Trust)

Executive Directors 
Nick Bitel (CEO) 
Hugh Brasher (Event Director) 
Penny Dain (Marketing & Communications Director) 
Stephen Dell (Finance Director)

Management Board
Chief Executive: Nick Bitel
Event Director: Hugh Brasher
Marketing and Communications Director: Penny Dain
Finance Director: Stephen Dell
Director of Transformation: Steven Foster
Head of Sponsorship: Brian Greenwood
Head of Digital: Jason Ochoa
Operations Director: Andrew Smith
Virgin Money London Marathon Event Lead: Lisa Thompson