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Runs, walks and cycles

Runs, cycles and other challenge events

Action for M.E., like so many other charities, relies on our brilliant fundraisers taking part in key fundraising events to support our vital work, like Ride London, Great North Run and marathons across the country, plus other challenges such as skydives and overseas adventures.

Despite the cancellation of many of these events in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, our amazing supporters continued to fundraise for us - you can read some of their stories below.

As we move into 2021, it's brilliant to see events being held once again, and we are delighted to be able to offer charity places. We will share details of these below as they become available. Feel like taking on the challenge, or know someone who would? We’ll be here to support you every step of the way while you make a real difference to the lives of those affected by M.E. Thank you.

London Marathon 2021

There's two different ways to take part in this year’s London Marathon, helping to raise vital funds and awareness for M.E.

Not only is the historic event taking place on Sunday 3 October as its usual road race, but you can also take part virtually, completing 26.2 miles in 24 hours on a route of your choosing.

Joe, whose partner Laura has M.E., took part in last year's inaugural virtual marathon. He told us: "It means a great deal to myself, to Laura and to the thousands of people who deal with this illness every day.”

If you'd like to apply for one of our charity places in either the road race or virtual event, don't delay - we'd love to hear from you.

Bath Half 2021

While all our charity spaces for this race are now filled, we'd still love to hear from anyone with their place who'd like to support us. Please get in touch to find out more.

Our amazing fundraisers

We are hugely inspired, and enormously grateful, to those continuing to take on high-energy challenges for us at home, however they can.

  • Melanie Alflatt completed not one, not two, but 40 runs for the #GNRSoloChallenge to support our vital work.
  • Ruth and Alice, aged 8, walked the 10km-round trip from Bebington to Brimsgate, with a well-deserved ice cream break, in support of Ruth's Auntie Bekky, who has M.E.
  • Ten-year-old Sonny cycled more than 100 miles to raise more than £500 for us. He told us: "I have chosen to raise money for Action for M.E. because my Mummy has had M.E. for 26 years, since she was nine, and was very poorly and bedbound for her teens. She is now a full-time wheelchair user and I help her lots. I want to raise money to help research M.E., so one day, no one will be ill like my Mummy."

If you feel inspired to take on a challenge in your garden or local park, to climb a mountain on your stairs, or swim the channel in your bath (OK, maybe not that last one), we'd love to hear from you!