Read the latest government guidelines on exercise and Covid-19 in your area.
 
 

Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools

Entries for the 2021 Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools are now closed.

Thank you to all the schools across the UK who signed their pupils up to run, jog, walk or wheel 2.6 miles in their schools. More than 500,000 children were registered to join in and be part of the world’s biggest marathon.

We have sent a link to the registered email addresses of all schools that took part this year, which will allow you to tell us how many children took part. Please do this by Wednesday 3 November. If you have not received the email, please contact schools@londonmarathonevents.co.uk with your final pupil numbers.

The first 500,000 children who were registered will be eligible to receive a free commemorative pin badge, which we will send to schools by the end of November.

Schools can still access the resources on the website, including certificates to print for your finishers.

The event will be back in September and October 2022 and we’re aiming to making it even bigger and better – so look out for news next year!

Inspiring Activity

The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools is all about inspiring children and young people of all ages and abilities to be physically active. Regular exercise has a positive impact on children’s health and fitness and taking part can help start a habit that stays with children for the rest of their lives. Physical activity also supports good mental health and wellbeing – everyone feels happier after they’ve been for a run!

Meet GB athlete Charlotte Purdue

Charlotte Purdue crosses the finish line at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon

Resources

    • Running number

      Children can wear their own running number with pride – just like participants in the mass and virtual events!

    • Social media assets

      Let everyone know your school is getting involved by using these posts on your social channels

    • Poster

      Publicise the event across your school community and get children excited about taking part

    • Certificate

      Use to show you’ve taken part in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools

    • Running number

      Children can wear their own running number with pride – just like participants in the mass and virtual events!

    • Social media assets

      Let everyone know your school is getting involved by using these posts on your social channels

    • Poster

      Publicise the event across your school community and get children excited about taking part

    • Certificate

      Use to show you’ve taken part in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools

Please swipe to see more

FAQs

  • Just complete your entry details here. Let us know how many children will be taking part in your school. You can confirm the exact number after the event but please give an accurate figure as best as you can – make sure you give a maximum number as this will mean we can allocate the pin badges to the first 500,000 children taking part (in other words you won’t be able to increase the number of children who took part when you confirm numbers). You will receive a confirmation email and then an email after the event where you can confirm the actual number of children who took part.
  • Once you are registered, you can start planning the event in your school. Look in the resources section and download everything you need – running numbers for the children and posters to spread the word. Decide where and when the children will be completing their 2.6 miles – remember that you can do this over one day, two days, three days or more, depending on the ages and abilities of the children. Think about whether you want to raise funds for your school or a charity and head to the fundraising section to set up your fundraising page – spread the word to your school community!
  • Any school in the United Kingdom can take part.
  • The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools is for UK schools to enter and complete during the school day, so parents/carers are not able to enter their children. We would encourage parents and carers to speak to their school though and ask them to take part.
  • You can measure the exact distance if you want to and if you have time. If not, feel free to use a rough estimate of the distance. The most important thing is that children are getting out of breath and feel the benefits of physical activity.

    If your school does The Daily Mile (15 minutes of jogging or running) then, as a rough guide, completing three ‘Daily Miles’ counts as completing the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools.

  • We’d like children to get out of breath if they can, as this is what helps them become fitter and healthier. Some children might run the whole time, others might jog or slow down to get their breath back. Children with disabilities can complete the event in a way that meets their needs – whether that’s walking, pushing themselves, being pushed, walking with crutches, or in whatever other way they can. The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools is for all children and young people!
  • It does. You can do The Daily Mile as you normally would – 15 minutes of jogging or running at their own pace counts as one mile.  If you complete The Daily Mile three times then that counts as being roughly equivalent to completing the 2.6 miles of the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools. 
  • When all your children have completed the event, you will receive a further email from us before the end of October to confirm the number of children who participated. We will then send a Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon in schools pin badge to those who were among the first 500,000 children who registered and then completed the event. You can also download and print off a certificate for all children who took part.
  • We will send out pin badges to 500,000 children – these will be sent to schools that registered first and then went on to complete the event. We will aim to send these out to you by the end of November 2021 and will contact you to let you know if there is any delay.
  • Yes, this event took place on Sunday 3 October 2021 as part of the London Marathon.