On your marks, get set... meet our 2024 London Marathon runners

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Kelly Corcoran - Digital Communications Officer
Thursday 18 April 2024
London Marathon runner - Charlotte

In a few days, runners from around the world will be travelling to London to take on the London Marathon. Ahead of the event, we're spotlighting just a couple of our wonderful runners taking on the 2024 London Marathon.

Every year, we’re amazed by the dedication of our supporters. And there’s nothing that shows dedication like running the London Marathon.

Amid the cheer and colourful banners, our runners take on a gruelling 26.2-mile challenge to help give children safe and happy childhoods. For that, we couldn’t be more grateful.

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Alicia stood on a mountain at sunset

Alicia is flying all the way from New York to run for Action for Children. When asked why she’d like to run the London Marathon for us, she said:

"As a teacher, I feel passionately about supporting children to have safe and happy lives. I also feel strongly about supporting children with different abilities and needs."

I love the mission of Action for Children and the commitment to support children and families in a variety of ways.

"I have witnessed the difference mental health support makes for children and I'd be proud to fundraise for an organisation that's working to improve children's lives."

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Alicia has raised over £2,000 so far

Alicia has been making strides in her fundraising journey and hit her £2,000 fundraising target early at the beginning of 2024. She also ran the Chicago Marathon as part of her fundraising.

When describing the day, she said:

I broke 3 hours 30 minutes which was my goal, so I was really happy. Now let’s see if I can repeat it in London!

When we asked her how she’s feeling for the day, she said:

"I’m so excited to run the London Marathon this year; it has always been a dream of mine! It’s been such an incredible journey fundraising for Action for Children, and I can't believe the day to run is almost here. I'm really looking forward to enjoying all the sights along the route and celebrating with my family at the finish line."

Alicia’s support has been incredible, and as her first-time fundraising, we couldn’t be prouder of the difference she’s making. We can't wait to celebrate with her at our post-race party.

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Will joins the race all the way from Scotland and his training journey has been just as remarkable as the day itself.

6 marathons in 6 months

Over the last six months, Will has been completing six marathons in six months – a huge triumph all in the name of Action for Children.

He decided to fundraise for us because of the “care, protection, and crucial support” we provide for vulnerable children and families across the UK.

His six-month challenge will end this Sunday at the London Marathon.

Will has taken to his “half dozen journey” in full force, and enjoyed “lots of macaroni pies, iron bru, and boiled eggs” along the way. His enthusiasm is infectious, reminding everyone that’s supported his journey not to “waste an opportunity to move, run, or throw yourself into a challenge!”

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What has Will been up to?

In November, he took on the "The Longshorts Round” – a route of 21 hills through Edinburgh and the Pentland Skyline. He managed 18 and completed a huge 35 miles. December saw him take on a 24-hour marathon in the Yorkshire Dales, where he ran “a mile and a bit every hour for 24 hours.” He described the day as both “epic” and “tiring”.

And in the new year, Will has completed the North Leeds Greenway Ultramarathon in January, the Glentress Trail Marathon in February, and the John Muir Ultramarathon in March.

With each step and each pound raised, Will has been making a difference in young people’s lives across the UK. We can’t wait to see him complete his journey on Sunday.

We want to wish the best of luck to all of those running the London Marathon this weekend. And can't wait to see our amazing runner cross the line. We'll be there cheering every step of the way.

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London Marathon FAQs:

The London Marathon 2024 takes place on Sunday 21 April.

The London Marathon has staggered start times. However, the race will likely start around 8:30am with most people starting in waves from 10am. All waves will have started by 11:30am.

The starting point for the race is at Blackheath at the top of Greenwich Park.

The finish line on The Mall closes at 7:30pm. It is moved to St James' Park until midnight.

Spectators can watch anywhere along the marathon’s route. However, particularly exciting points will be at mile 13 (the halfway point) at Tower Bridge and the finish line at The Mall.

There are also accessible viewing points at Cutty Sark, Canary Wharf, Rainbow Row, Tower Hill, and Victoria Embankment.

If you are planning to attend the marathon, runners need support throughout the whole run so it’s best to just turn up, cheer, and enjoy the atmosphere.

The London Marathon is 26.2 miles.

To enter the London Marathon, you can sign up via the ballot or apply for a charity place. When running for Action for Children, you can enjoy your very own Action for Children running top to wear on the day, exceptional support from our team throughout your fundraising journey, and a post race party for you to show off you well deserved medal – as well as lots of other perks.

The 2025 London Marathon ballot will open on Saturday 20 April and close on the 26 April. Winners are drawn at random and emailed in July. But if you miss the ballot or don’t get a spot, you can still run by joining Team Action for Children.