FAQs

General Information

The Family Marathon is a new and unique running event where teams of up to six family members, friends and colleagues complete a marathon distance of 26.2 miles between them. Each team pays an entry fee of £55 (currently £44 per team, for a limited only!) to take on the challenge, and are encouraged to fundraise in support of Hope and Homes for Children.

The Family Marathon will take place at Victoria Park in London throughout the day on Saturday 29 June 2019. The event village will be open from 9am, with the run starting around 10am. Closing times will be confirmed nearer the day.

The course is 26.2 miles, formed of a mile long loop around the event village. A 45m finishing straight lets your entire team cross the finishing line together for a well-earned celebration and finishing line photo.

The route itself is tarmac and flat all the way around, ideal for both experienced and amateur runners. It is suitable for both wheelchairs and children’s pushchairs/buggies. Unfortunately, handcycles, racing wheelchairs and walking frames/crutches are not permitted. If you are unsure, or have any questions regarding this, please email info@thefamilymarathon.org.

Anyone! Although you will need to have a minimum of two adults to ensure that under-11s are accompanied by an adult at all times. You can have up to six team members per team. Wheelchair users are very welcome to take part and children’s pushchairs/buggies are welcome too.

No, as long as all of the 26.2 miles are completed by your team members, you can share the miles between you however you prefer. Remember that the distance covered by an adult accompanying an under-11 will also be recorded, and all contributes to your overall total.

This is totally at the parent or guardian’s discretion, but the recommended maximum distance for children under 11 to run in one go is three miles. We encourage everyone to push themselves whilst staying within their personal limitations. Please seek medical advice before the event if you require guidance on how far you or your child could run safely.

Yes, team members can run together or individually. Run with your family, alongside other families. There’s plenty of space for everyone to run at the same time.

However you like! Although do factor in that one adult will need to stay with under 11s at all times. For example, a group of six people might divvy up the marathon distance like this:

  • Adult A: Six miles
  • Adult B: Eight miles
  • Adult C: Four miles solo, plus two miles with under 11 A
  • Adult D: Two miles, plus one mile with under 11 B
  • Under 11 A: Two miles
  • Under 11 B: One mile

Total: 26 miles

Head to the home page to plan your team using our handy tool.

Yes, absolutely! We welcome spectators to come along and create a fantastic atmosphere, whilst making the most of the event village. Please note that some areas/facilities within the event village may only be accessible to event participants.

Water will be provided along the route and will be accessible each loop you complete. Other than water and refreshments for the runners, no food and drink is included, but it will be available to buy from stalls on the day.

Yes, we’re hoping to make The Family Marathon a successful and enjoyable annual summer event. We might even host Family Marathons in other cities across the UK! If you can’t join us in June, we plan to open team registrations for 2020 shortly after the 2019 event.

Registration

Teams of two to six people can enter The Family Marathon, and it costs just £55 to sign up—but for a limited time only you can take advantage of our special offer at just £44 per team! For a team of six runners, that works out at just over £7 per person, for the entire day!

People of all ages are encouraged to take part—as long as they’re able to run and/or walk a minimum of one mile in total, they can be part of your team. Unfortunately, laps covered by children in pushchairs/buggies will not count towards the overall distance.

In the interests of safety, and to help make sure we provide you with the best possible experience, we do require all teams and team members to sign up in advance. Registrations will close at 23:59 on Sunday 23 June 2019, and no new teams can sign up for the 2019 event after that time. Team captains will have until 23:59 on Wednesday 26 June 2019 to finalise their teams.

Absolutely! Families come in all shapes and sizes so you’re encouraged to bring nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles, cousins, Godparents, friends, colleagues – whoever can help you complete the 26.2 miles as a team.

Yes. Team captains can add and remove team members up until 23:59 on Wednesday 26 June 2019—so don’t worry if you haven’t decided who exactly will be in your team yet, or if someone can’t make it. Simply login and visit your profile area to add or remove team members.

Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds or deferrals if you are unable to take part.

Unfortunately we're unable to transfer your team entry to another team captain, however you can remove yourself as a runner and have until 23:59 on Wednesday 26 June 2019 to add or remove team members.

We will be posting out race packs to team captains a couple of weeks in advance of the event. They will be delivered by standard post and no signature will be required upon delivery. Please note that if you register after 23:59 on Sunday 9 June, your race pack will be ready to pick up on the day.

If you have lost your race pack please contact info@thefamilymarathon.org so we can arrange a replacement. There will be a £10 charge for replacement packs.

Fundraising

Fundraising isn’t mandatory but every penny your team does raise will go to Hope and Homes for Children, providing vital funds for their work across the globe to find loving family homes for children who would otherwise grow up in an orphanage, denied the love, care and protection that is so vital to us all. By raising just £1,200 you could help free a child from the confines of an orphanage and place them into a loving family.

Every penny you raise will go to Hope and Homes for Children, an international charity who find loving family homes for children who would otherwise grow up in an orphanage, denied the care and that many of us treasure as part of a close-knit family.

During the registration process, team captains will be prompted to set up a JustGiving page for your team. Don’t worry if you haven’t done this yet, simply log in to your profile area and click on the fundraising tab to set up your team page.

Simply log in to your profile area and click on the fundraising tab to view your team JustGiving page.

If you haven’t already set up a fundraising page don’t fear, it’s not too late! Just head to your login area and click on the fundraising tab to get started.

We recommend fundraising through JustGiving and it's very simple for team captains to set up a JustGiving page during The Family Marathon registration process, plus all your team members will have access to the page through their profile area. JustGiving have recently removed their 5% platform fees for UK charities which is fantastic news and saves us considerable costs, but crucially it means the impact of your fundraising goes even further. If you would prefer to fundraise using a sponsorship form, please email info@thefamilymarathon.org.

On the day

We would recommend arriving by public transport, as there is very limited parking available nearby. The nearest tube station is Mile End (Central, District and Hammersmith & City lines) and the nearest rail station is Hackney Wick (London Overground line). If arriving by car, we would recommend parking in Stratford and getting public transport to Victoria Park.

The event village will be open from 9am onwards, and a morning warm-up session for the crowd of runners will begin at around 10am. The village will close at 4pm. All timings will be confirmed for participants nearer the day—please keep an eye out for emails from The Family Marathon.

A baggage facility will be available for all participants in The Family Marathon but please don’t leave any valuables as we are unable to accept any responsibility for the security of these items.

The event village will be open from 9am to 4pm, crammed full of family-friendly activities and entertainment for you and your supporters to enjoy, including a climbing wall; workshops and food demonstrations; giant games and face painting. Facilities will include a runners’ warm-up area; hydration station; sports massage; live results screens; bag drop/lockers; changing rooms/baby changing and toilets. Please keep an eye out for emails from The Family Marathon announcing event village news in the run-up to the day.

Yes there will be toilets in the event village that will be easily accessible from the route.

Yes, there will be medical assistance present on the route and in the event village.

Yes, the timing chip will be attached to your race bib, and will record your time for each lap you complete. Each team member will be required to wear a race number, personal to them. Your race number, bib and timing chip will be mailed to your team captain ahead of the day.

When your chips are allocated we will know who else is in your team, so effectively the chips will be grouped. As soon as you enter the course your chip will activate and each loop you run will count towards your group total as well as being recorded individually.

No need to worry. You will still have a recorded time for each completed lap. Don’t forget, if you are running as a team, someone else can complete the remaining laps if you are unable to do so yourself.

Live standings will be displayed on the big screen in the event village, and will be available to view online after the event.

Absolutely! Every team member will get a medal upon crossing the finish line.