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Runs, walks and high-energy 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. This not only includes iconic events such as the London Marathon, Great North Run and other challenge events, but also our annual accessible sponsored walk, Walk with M.E. and lower-energy events such as bake sales.

We are delighted to be able to offer charity places for several fundraising events, please find the details below as these become available. We would also love to hear from you if you have your own fundraising event in mind, or if you’d like some advice or inspiration. We’ll be here to support you every step of the way whilst you make a real difference to the lives of those affected by M.E.

We couldn’t do what we do without our amazing fundraisers, so thank you.

London Marathon 2022

Every year, we recruit a team of brilliant runners to take part in the London Marathon and raise vital funds and awareness for M.E. In 2021, we had 12 runners take part in the road race, as well as 6 runners take on their own marathon route in the Virtual London Marathon. The team raised an amazing £31,781.

Joe, whose partner Laura has M.E., took part in last year's 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.”

The 2022 London Marathon is due to take place on 2 October 2022. If you’d be interested in applying for one of our charity places in the 2022 race, keep checking this page for updates, or email us - we'd love to hear from you.

Ben and Thomas, who ran in the London Marathon 2021

Bath Half 2022

The Bath Half Marathon takes place every year around the beautiful city of Bath. The 2022 Bath Half is due to take place on 13 March 2022. While all our charity spaces for this year's race are now filled, we'd still love to hear from anyone with their own place who'd like to support us. Please get in touch to find out more.

Great North Run 2022

The Great North Run is a half-marathon that takes place every year between Newcastle and South Shields. In 2021, we had 4 runners take on the iconic northern race, and between them they raised a fantastic £2,289.

The 2022 Great North Run is due to take place on 11 September 2022. If you’d be interested in applying for one of our charity places in the 2022 race, keep checking this page for updates, or get in touch.

Phil, who raced in the Great North Run 2021

Other ideas from our amazing fundraisers

These aren’t your only options for fundraising – the sky is the limit when it comes to fundraising ideas!

Here are some creative fundraising ideas from our past fundraisers:

  • Ruth, aged 9, and her best friend Alice did a sponsored cycle ride to raise funds and awareness, as Ruth’s Aunty Bekky has M.E. Ruth and Alice raised a brilliant £527! Ruth said “When I think about M.E. I feel like I want there to be a cure coming for my Auntie and to all the people out there with M.E.”
  • Friends Jake, Ian, Paul, Dan, Chris, Rich and Matt took on a mammoth challenge to run 2280 miles together, the equivalent distance of Route 66! They were running on behalf of their close friend, who has M.E. When they crossed the finish line, after raising a phenomenal £4,455, Jake said: “We're very much aware as we cross our virtual finish line, that those that suffer from M.E. / CFS have no finish line, and live with their illness every day. We hope that our efforts show that people really do care, and want to help and raise awareness.”
  • Carl, Alex and Chris created their very own “Golf Marathon”, completing 72 holes of golf in one day and walking over 26 miles, to fundraise on behalf of their friend Tom, who has M.E. The friends raised a fantastic £1765.

If you have a fundraising idea and you’d like some advice or support to make it a reality, please get in touch - we'd love to hear from you!