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TCS Mini London Marathon

New for 2022!

This year we’ve made some exciting changes to the TCS Mini London Marathon to inspire even more children and young people to be active. For the first time ever, we will be holding a one-mile and 2.6km mass participation event for schools to enter, taking place on Saturday 1 October – the day before the world-famous TCS London Marathon. Read on to find out how your school can get involved!

Inspiring activity for all

The mass participation event in the capital will give all children and young people from Reception to Year 12 an amazing chance to cross the iconic TCS London Marathon Finish Line and receive their very own TCS Mini London Marathon medal. Not only is it completely free for schools to enter, for every child that finishes we will donate £10 to their school – yes, you did read that correctly!

The TCS Mini London Marathon: details

  • 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! 
  • Saturday 1 October 2022 (the day before the TCS London Marathon). The event will take place between 10:00 and 14:00. Exact start times will be on this website and sent out to all schools that register in September.
  • In Westminster on a choice of a one-mile route for children in Reception to Year 7, or 2.6km 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. Detailed course information will be on this website and sent out to all participants in September.
  • 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).

Choosing your wave

On our registration system schools can select places in the different ‘waves’ shown in the tables below.

Schools can choose:

  • the number of children they want to register in each wave
  • whether children in Year 6 or 7 do the one mile or 2.6km event (2.6km is approximately 1.6 miles)
  • whether children join a group of their own age (if you’re bringing children from a single year group, for example) or opt for a mixed aged group (which might be better if you’re bringing children from across different year groups)

Just remember that children in Reception to Year 3 will need an adult taking part with them on the course (1:8 ratio).

Year group Distance
Year 10, 11 and 12 Boys  2.6km
Year 8 and 9 Boys  2.6km
Year 6 and 7 Boys 2.6km
Year 10, 11 and 12 Girls  2.6km
Year 8 and 9 Girls  2.6km
Year 6 and 7 Girls  2.6km
Year 6 to Year 12 Mixed  2.6km

Year group Distance
Year 6 and 7 Girls One mile
Year 6 and 7 Boys One mile
Year 4 and 5 Girls  One mile
Year 4 and 5 Boys One mile
Year 2 and 3 Mixed  One mile
Reception and Year 1 Mixed  One mile
Year 2 to Year 7 Mixed  One mile

Money for your school!

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

The TCS Mini London Marathon championships

The 2.6K event will also host the 2022 TCS Mini London Marathon championships, which give the UK’s most promising young athletes the chance to compete against the best new talent in British road running, just like in the previous Mini Marathon. The only change is that the event will now take place the day before the TCS London Marathon – Saturday 1 October.

The next steps...

Once you’ve registered for the TCS Mini London Marathon, we’ll be back in touch early in September with more details – but in the meantime, take a look at the information below...

Keeping everyone safe

Keeping all our participants safe is our top priority. The event will take place on a closed, secure route with stewards and a dedicated welfare team on the course to make sure all children have a safe and enjoyable experience. All participants will need to be escorted to a safe and secure ‘drop off’ zone at the Start Area. Children in Year 4 or above on 1 October 2022 can complete the route on their own. Children in Reception to Year 3 will need to be accompanied on the course, with a maximum ratio of one adult for every eight children. Participants will need to be collected from another a safe and secure zone at the finish. Further details will be sent nearer the time of the event – please see our FAQs below for more information.

TCS Mini London Marathon FAQs

  • Each school can enter as many children as they like. We have about 5,000 places in the event overall so once it is full, we won’t be able to accept any further entries.
  • 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 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. Just head over to the registration form and let us know 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 early in September so we can send out Event Packs to you in time for the event in October. 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.

Inspiring activity

The TCS 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 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!

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