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About The Trust

The London Marathon Charitable Trust

The London Marathon Charitable Trust was created in 1981 by London Marathon founders John Disley and Chris Brasher to distribute the surplus, via corporate Gift Aid, from the London Marathon and other events organised by London Marathon Events.

The Trust’s vision is a society in which everyone is physically active, contributing to their health and wellbeing, and its mission is to Inspire Activity by providing funding to initiatives that enable people to become and remain physically active regardless of age, gender, ability, race or background and challenge inequality of access to physical activity.

The Trust is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2021 and in the past four decades has awarded more than £93 million to more than 1,490 projects across the UK.

The pandemic has been the most difficult period in The Trust’s 40-year history. With London Marathon Events not being able to put on its usual mass participation events during this period and, therefore, the surplus available to The Trust being reduced, grant-making was limited. The Trust took the difficult decision in 2020 to not accept any new grant applications to its Facilities Grants Programme.

However, grant-making has continued during the pandemic, including awarding: 

Current priorities

The Trust aims to reflect the spirit of the London Marathon in its grant-making. It is currently aiming to Inspire Activity by supporting existing grantees to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and funding groups in areas across London that are known to have lower levels of physical activity.

The Trust is working to remove barriers to participation to provide more opportunities for its target groups, including children and young people, women and girls, ethnically diverse communities and people with disabilities, to become more active.  

The Trust Board

Sir John Spurling KCVO OBE 

Independent Trustees 
Chairman – Sir Rodney Walker 
Vice Chair – Dawn Austwick 
Gillian McKay 
Alan Pascoe MBE 
Clare Shepherd 

Nominee of Chairman of Active Partnerships: 
Lee Mason 

Chair of Activity Alliance:
Sam Orde OBE 

Nominee of Local Government Association:
Richard Henry 

Nominee of London Councils:
John Austin
Councillor Robert Rigby 

Chairman of London Marathon Events Limited: 
Terry Duddy 

Nominee of Chairman of Sport England: 
Charles Johnston 

Nominee of President of UK Athletics:

Executive Director
Catherine Anderson 

The Trust is a registered charity, number 283813, and registered company number 1550741. The London Marathon Events Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Trust. 

More details at: and on Twitter @LMCT