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Run for the English-Speaking Union in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

Apply before: 10 September 2018

Event date: 28 April 2019

Our first London Marathon space!

How would you like to run the Virgin Money London Marathon for the English-Speaking Union? How would you like to know that every step you take – and every penny you raise – is going towards helping more children to discover their voice, find their confidence and to reach their full potential? We’ll be with you every step of the way – shouting about you in our magazine and member newsletters, encouraging people to sponsor you, and cheering you on on the day.

The London Marathon is an unforgettable experience and we have just one place available, so we want to make sure the coveted ESU marathon vest goes to the right person. Perhaps you’ve participated in an English-Speaking Union programme or exchange yourself and would like to help others have the same opportunities as you? Or perhaps you know from experience the difference speaking and listening skills have made to your life and are keen to spread the word? Whatever your motivations, we’d love to hear from anyone who can raise a minimum of £2,500, is over 18, and is keen to get their running shoes on!

All monies raised will be used for our life-changing programmes including Discover Debating (a two or three term debate programme for primary schools), Discover Your Voice workshops and our week-long summer school Debate Academy.

children cheering school oracy workshops


Remember, you need to be over 18 and to commit to raising at least £2,500. There is a £50 registration fee and all sponsorship must be sent to us by 28 June 2019. Please apply before 10 September 2018.

Run the London Marathon for the ESU


Results of the public ballot for places will be announced in late September/early October 2018. If you are allocated a place and would also like to run for the ESU, we’d love to hear from you too!

You will have no minimum sponsorship target, you can raise as much as you can. All sponsorship must be sent to us by 28 June 2019.

For more information, please email Ian Stokes on

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