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Virgin Money London Marathon

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“This has been one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences of my life. The AICR team played a big part in this for me with their enthusiastic support in the lead up to, during and after the race. I am proud to have raised a few pounds for you.” 

(Gus, Team AICR Runner 2014)



Run in the London Marathon for Team AICR!  

We go around the world in the fight against cancer.  With your help we’ll get there faster.    

Whether you’re running in memory of a loved one or running to smash your own PB - by joining Team AICR and taking part in the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon, you’ll be helping to fund some of the world’s most promising cancer research projects.

There are lots of cancer research charities… why should I run for AICR?

AICR is unique.  Unlike some cancer research charities, we fund international cancer research.  In fact, we are the only UK charity that funds research into any type of cancer anywhere in the world.  Why?  We believe that cancer is a global problem which requires a global effort to beat it.  In the last 34 years we’ve awarded over £180 million across 34 different countries.

A marathon is run step by step. You have to be able to run a 5k before you can run 26 miles. Research works the same way. You have to invest in research today before advances in the prevention and treatment of cancer can happen tomorrow. Why is a worldwide approach so important? We fund the best minds, worldwide, because we believe that there should be no limitations. We don’t view geographical boundaries as an obstacle. Our only criterion is that we fund the very best. This is why we fund research into any cancer type, anywhere in the world. Does it matter where a breakthrough takes place? All that matters is that it occurs.

What support will I get?

We’ve been in your shoes.  We know that the thought of training for a marathon and raising money at the same time can be daunting.  Don’t worry… our fundraising team has helped hundreds of London Marathon runners cross the finish line – both on race day and with their fundraising! 

Thinking about joining Team AICR?  Here’s what you’ll receive…

  • Official ‘Team AICR’ running vest
  • A Fundraising pack
  • Training support and advice
  • An Invitation to join our Facebook Group to speak with other runners in the team
  • Race day support materials for your family/friends
  • Marathon after-party with hot food, drinks and shower facilities
  • An extraordinary feeling of pride (knowing that the money you raise will go towards funding some of the best cancer research in the world)

Visit the About Us section to find out more about AICR’s work and some of the cancer research projects that we’re funding around the world right now.


Join our Team

There are two ways to gain entry into the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon - through the official ballot, or with a guaranteed ‘Golden Bond’ place. 

Ballot place

If you are successful in the official ballot (announced late September) and would like to use your place to run for Team AICR, please let us know by emailing  We ask our ballot runners to raise as much as they possibly can – and we’ll provide them with everything they need to do this;  from a fundraising pack to regular Team AICR e-newsletters!

Golden Bond place

If you weren’t lucky in the ballot, you can still take part by applying for one of AICR’s ‘Golden Bond’ guaranteed places.  AICR will have a limited number of guaranteed places in the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon.  We ask anyone applying for one of these places to raise a minimum of £2000 in sponsorship (plus a £100 registration deposit)  

We’re accepting Golden Bond applications now.  To apply, please download our application form here.

We are Team AICR. We are united in our spirit and belief that we can make a difference. Step by step, we will get there. We are the game changers and we are delighted that you want to come on board.

So, go on. Become part of the team.


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