Organising your marathon – there are hundreds of marathons in the UK every year. To enter many of them is as simple as heading to the relevant website and booking yourself in. There is a comprehensive list of UK marathons on the 100 Marathon Club’s website.

Some events, such as the Virgin Money London Marathon are more difficult to enter. If you are running for a larger charity, such as Marie Curie or the War Child foundation, then you may be able to secure a guaranteed place through ‘Charity Entry’. Otherwise, if supporting a smaller charity, you may have to rely on ballot entry, so make sure you have a backup event if you are not successful.

If you want to give your marathon fundraiser an even greater profile then why not enter a destination marathon. Forbes Magazine have compiled a great list of Marathons worth travelling for. 

Training – it is not advised to begin training for a marathon unless you are already comfortably running 20-30 miles per week. The REI website provides a great guide to running your first marathon. 

Gathering support – once your challenge is set up, it’s time to start looking for support and donations.

One great way to generate support and raise money for your challenge is by hosting some fundraising events in the lead up to your challenge. Take a look at our page on Fundraising Ideas for some inspiration.

Using GoRaise to collect funds for your marathon is a great way to supplement the money you raise from conventional sponsorship form donations.

You can register as a Challenger on GoRaise today, and your supporters will be able to generate funds for your marathon each time they shop online.

You can visit our FAQs to find out more about using GoRaise as part of your charity challenge.

Good luck!