About Mini Marathon

The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon is the official British Athletics three-mile road championships for young athletes aged between 11 and 17.

If you're looking for a challenge, the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon is your chance to compete against the best new talent in British road running.

The course is three miles long, stretching from London's Old Billingsgate to The Mall. The event is open to entrants from the nine regions of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and will include teams from all 33 London Boroughs.

Previous winners of the Mini London Marathon and Mini Wheelchair Marathon include double London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah, and competitors from the London 2012 Paralympics – silver medallist Shelly Woods and David Weir, winner of four gold medals.

Virgin Money Giving is the not-for-profit fundraising website from Virgin Money. It was created in 2009 following Virgin Money’s sponsorship of the London Marathon.

The aim back then, as it is today, is to make online fundraising fun, simple and more transparent. We wanted to give charities a fairer deal and make more of the raised money reach the good cause it was meant for.

Many people, including young children, take on amazing challenges and make great sacrifices to help the causes they care about. In the last five years we’ve seen little girls giving up their birthday presents to donate the money to children who don’t have families and a four-year-old boy taking on his first triathlon for a special care baby unit.

All these amazing challenges require significant personal sacrifice and determination, qualities shown in the young people who take part in the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon. There has always been a strong link between personal challenge and fundraising so sponsoring and supporting these young people who go on to become the athletes of the future felt like the perfect fit.

Mo Farah ran the Mini Marathon and has gone on to achieve great things professionally on the global stage, as well as creating the Mo Farah Foundation which today helps people in Africa have better healthcare and education.

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