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TCS Mini London Marathon

We had a great day!

The TCS Mini London Marathon took place on Saturday 1 October – the day before the TCS London Marathon. An amazing time was had by all, with thousands of children and young people experiencing the thrill of crossing the world-famous Finish Line on The Mall before being awarded their medals. Visit our Instagram page and take a look at the images below to get a taste of the joy and excitement of this inspiring event.
 
The 2023 TCS Mini London Marathon will be back on Saturday 22 April next year – so there’s not long to wait!

The 2022 event

  • A young competitor in the race runs down The Mall during The TCS Mini London Marathon on Saturday 1st October 2022
  • A young competitor in the race runs down The Mall during The TCS Mini London Marathon on Saturday 1st October 2022
  • A young competitor in the race runs down The Mall during The TCS Mini London Marathon on Saturday 1st October 2022
  • A young competitor in the race runs down The Mall during The TCS Mini London Marathon on Saturday 1st October 2022
  • A young competitor in the race runs down The Mall during The TCS Mini London Marathon on Saturday 1st October 2022
  • A young competitor in the race runs down The Mall during The TCS Mini London Marathon on Saturday 1st October 2022
  • A young competitor in the race runs down The Mall during The TCS Mini London Marathon on Saturday 1st October 2022

Competitors and their Accompanying Adult taking part in the 1-mile race run past Buckingham Palace and The Queen Victoria Memorial during The TCS Mini London Marathon on Saturday 1st October 2022

Thanks for joining us!

A huge thank-you to all the schools that took part in the 2023 TCS Mini London Marathon. We really appreciate you taking the time to support our new event and hope you and your children enjoyed it as much as we did! We’ll be in touch soon to let you know how to claim your £10 for each child who finished.

The details

The TCS Mini London Marathon will take place again on Saturday 22 April (the day before the 2023 TCS London Marathon). Exact details of the event are to be confirmed, but will be similar to the 2022 event, which is detailed below...

  • The TCS Mini London Marathon is free to enter – no matter how many children you’re registering to take part. In fact, we are giving schools £10 for every participant aged 17 or under who finishes the event! 
  • The 2022 event took place on Saturday 1 October 2022 (the day before the TCS London Marathon). The 2023 TCS Mini London Marathon will take place on Saturday 22 April – the day before the 2023 TCS London Marathon.
  • In Westminster on a choice of a one-mile route for children in Reception to Year 7, or 2.6K for children in Years 6 to 12. Both routes cover part of the iconic TCS London Marathon course, and children will cross the world-famous Finish Line on The Mall at the end of their event. You can view the 2022 course maps on this web page.
  • Children and young people who attend schools in the UK – from Reception to Year 12. If children in Reception to Year 3 are taking part an adult will need to join them on the course (1:8 ratio).

Our two routes

See the routes that participants in the 2022 TCS Mini London Marathon covered – there were two options depending on age and ability.

One mile route map
2.6K route map

Money for schools!

To help inspire pupils, for every participant aged 17 or under who finished the TCS Mini London Marathon, we’ll donate £10 to their school to spend on PE or IT equipment: the more children who took part, the more money the school will have raised!

The TCS Mini London Marathon championships

The 2.6K event also hosted the 2022 TCS Mini London Marathon championships, which gave the UK’s most promising young athletes the chance to compete against the best new talent in British road running. The winners of these races even received their medals from marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge – a moment to treasure forever! 

A competitor in the 1-mile race run along The Mall with their accompanying adult during The TCS Mini London Marathon on Saturday 1st October 2022

Keeping everyone safe

Keeping participants safe is our top priority. The event takes place on a closed, secure route (see maps above) with stewards and a dedicated Welfare Team on the course to make sure all children have a safe and enjoyable experience. All participants need to be escorted to a safe and secure ‘drop off’ zone at the Start Area.

Children in Year 4 or above on Event Day can complete the route on their own, while children in Reception to Year 3 need to be accompanied on the course, with a maximum ratio of one adult for every eight children. Participants will also need to be collected from a safe and secure zone by the Finish Line.

TCS Mini London Marathon FAQs

  • You can register your interest above and we'll be in touch early in 2023 to let you know the exact details.
  • At this point entries can only be accepted from schools, so they can claim £10 for each finisher from their school.
  • Yes! Any school that registers for the event and completes all the information on the form (including bank details) will receive £10 for every child from their school who crosses the Finish Line. Payments for the 2022 event will be made to schools after the event and by the end of November 2022. Any money raised can be used for PE or IT equipment for the school.
  • Please allow enough time to get to the event and locate the Start area. This may take additional time as the area is likely to be busy and there will be road closures in place. The waves are organised by year group, so participants of a similar age complete the event together. If you miss your ‘year group’ wave, there are some later waves that are for open age groups. We will try to accommodate entry into these waves on the day, but you may need to wait and entry in a different wave cannot be guaranteed.
  • It depends on their age. Anyone in Year 4 or above can run on their own, they just need to be escorted to the start and then collected at the finish. If participants are in Year 3 or below, we ask that there is one adult on the course for every eight children. If an older child (Year 4 or above) needs an adult to accompany them for medical or other reasons, you can tell us how many additional adults will need to take part on the registration form.
  • That's up to the school. We do need the school to register, provide us with some contact details and be responsible for making sure all the participants get their bib number. Schools can either bring their group, a bit like a school trip, or can pass information to parents to bring their own children.
  • No. The registration form for the 2023 event will ask how many children will be taking part in each wave. This guarantees your places in the event. We will then ask you to confirm these numbers in the run-up to the event so we can send out Event Packs to you in time for the event in April. You can then organise your group so they all have a bib number ready for the big day.
  • Participants will need to be escorted to the start in time for the beginning of their wave. They will then complete the run and stay at the finish in a safe space until they are collected. We recommend there are sufficient adults to ‘drop off’ the children and then to also be in place to collect as the children finish. We’ll send the exact details with timings and locations in your Event Day pack.
  • The TCS Mini London Marathon is organised by London Marathon Events. We have a huge amount of experience in hosting mass participation sporting events, including the TCS London Marathon, RideLondon and many others. The route itself will be a closed route on closed roads with barriers, marshals, volunteers and security procedures in place to keep everyone safe. To be able to start the event, all participants must wear an official TCS Mini London Marathon bib number, which must be completed with the relevant contact and medical details.
  • Please record any relevant medical information on the back of the bib number. This will also need to include contact information so we can make sure we get any help required on the day.
  • We want as many children as possible to be able to take part in the TCS Mini London Marathon, so on the day there will be a one-mile event to suit children in Reception to Year 7 and a longer 2.6km event for those in Years 6 to 12 who can go a bit further – including young athletes taking part in the TCS Mini London Marathon championships. Children from Years 6 and 7 can be entered into either distance, taking factors such as ability into account.
  • Yes. Each participant will have a timing chip in their bib number and we will publish their results on our website after the event. We will not publish children’s names so if you want to check your times, please keep a note of your bib numbers.
  • Yes. All children can enter and take part. If any additional support is required on the day please let us know and we will do everything we can to help.

Encouraging physical activity

The TCS Mini London Marathon 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 physical health and mental wellbeing and can help start a habit that stays with them for the rest of their lives. Everyone feels happier after they’ve been for a run!

Other ways children can take part