For an individual challenge, why not run the world famous London Marathon? Run 26.2 miles through the streets of London passing by some of the city’s most famous landmarks including Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace whilst being cheered on by over half a million spectators.

Achieve a lifetime ambition and register your interest now.

Wooden Spoon are guaranteed a minimum of 15 gold bond places – we ask each runner to raise at least £2,000. All runners that register their interest will be contacted in October once the main ballot has been drawn. We would love to offer everyone a place but unfortunately we are often over subscribed and have to draw our own ballot.

Running for Wooden Spoon

We ask that each runner commits to raising a minimum of £2,000 for Wooden Spoon.  If you are confident that you can raise £2,000 through sponsorship and support from friends and family then please register your interest in running for Wooden Spoon by clicking the button at the top of this page.

Once the main ballot has been drawn (usually at the beginning of October) we will contact all runners that have registered with us to see if they have obtained a place through the ballot – if you have but would still like to run for Wooden Spoon then please contact us and we will be only too pleased to add you to our team of runners.  However, if you haven’t acheived a ballot place and are happy you can raise the required funds to run for Wooden Spoon please let us know, places are highly sought after and we are usually over subscribed so have to draw our own ballot.  We will let you know as soon as possible if you have been lucky enough to get a gold bond place with us.

Conditions of Entry

The following are the conditions of entry plus some of the rules of the event.

  1. Runners must enter individually and register direct with the Wooden Spoon Challenge Office.
  2. Each runner must pay an advanced non refundable donation of £100 as confirmation of entry. This must be a cheque made payable to Wooden Spoon and be received by the challenge office no later than Monday 5th November 2012, along with a completed Entry Form.
  3.  In addition to the £100 advance donation, each individual must pledge to raise a further minimum of £1900 in sponsorship for Wooden Spoon. All pledged money should be submitted by 30 June 2013 (details of how to submit sponsorship money will be included in your banking information pack). Runners must have raised and banked a minimum of £1,000 one week before running the marathon. Runners can not include Gift Aid within this total.
  4. The entry donation will entitle runners to enter into the marathon. The Challenge Office will notify the London Marathon Office of all intended runners, they will then ask you to enter online, this will be your official entry. The organisation of transport to the event is the responsibility of the participant.
  5. Runners must be medically fit and able to participate.
  6. It is a condition that any runners from 2012 must have fulfilled their fundraising pledge for 2013.
Why run for Wooden Spoon

Wooden Spoon is dedicated to helping disadvantaged children and young people across the British Isles.  We believe that all children and young people deserve the chance to live happy fulfilled lives regardless of the challenges they may face. Spoon harnesses the spirit, values and some of rugby’s top sporting role models to give disadvantaged children and young people a chance to achieve their full potential in life.

Wooden Spoon are made up of over 40 regional volunteer committees, who support local projects. During our first 25 years, over half a million young people benefitted from more than £18 million of charitable support thanks to the efforts of our staff and volunteers. We are proud of our legacy, the work we do, and our ambitious plans for the future.

We organise our own fundraising initiatives, raise the money and spend it where it is most needed. Over the years, our donations have diversified from capital projects such as medical treatment and recovery centres, sports and activity areas, sensory rooms and gardens, playgrounds and hydrotherapy pools to include outreach programmes for young people in their communities.

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