Run the Virgin Money London Marathon

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Applications for our five Golden Bond places in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon are now open! Tell us why you want to support Healthy Minds at the University at Bristol and apply to join #TeamUoB for one of the most iconic sporting events of the year. 

Whether you are a seasoned professional or looking to fulfil a once in a lifetime achievement, this is your chance to run the world-famous London Marathon on Sunday 26 April 2020. With an electric atmosphere of thousands cheering you across the route, and invaluable support from us throughout, it’s an experience you don't want to miss.

How do I apply?

Fill in our online form. Applications close at 9 am on Thursday 7 November 2019 and are open to students, staff, alumni and friends

We will allocate our places using two main criteria:

Therefore, please give your answers careful consideration, and respond in full on the online form.

What is the cause?

The mental health and wellbeing of students at the University of Bristol is a key priority of ours. Suffering with mental ill health disrupts students' academic studies and personal lives, often causing them to miss out on the transformative and enriching experiences offered by higher education.

The NHS recognises that physical activity is linked to positive mental wellbeing and can help people combat mental health issues. The Healthy Mind programme launched in 2016 with these ideas at the heart of it. The programme helps students effected by mental ill health to get more active and maintain this behaviour in a supported, friendly environment. Here's Isaac's story:

How much money do I need to raise?

We ask you to pledge to raise at least £2,000. As this is a highly competitive event to enter, we expect our chosen runner to fulfill this pledge. But don't worry we will be there to support you throughout your fundraising journey.

How will the money I raise be spent?

Research shows that the Healthy Minds programme is successfully alleviating mental health difficulties, supporting students to proactively manage their health, and striving to inspire a wider culture change on campus in attitudes towards physical health and wellbeing. 

Fundraising donations help to fund the things that the core funding cannot. Every pound you raise will help to improve the quality of support on the programme up to its full capacity, so that event more lives can be changed and made mentally healthier. 

What will I receive?

We'll support you with every step, from the get-go all the way to the glory of that finish line. As part of #TeamUoB you will receive: 

Key dates:

If you are successful you will receive further instruction on how to register your place officially with the Virgin Money London Marathon. We ask all #TeamUoB runners to have registered by an internal deadline of Monday 16 December 2019. If you have not registered by this date, or can't show that you have started fundraising, we reserve the right to allocate your place to another runner. 

Who should I contact if I have any questions?

Please send any queries to

For more information about the Virgin Money London Marathon, please visit

Make 2020 the year you take on the challenge - sign up today!

Other ways to get involved 

If running a marathon isn't for you, but you'd still like to take on a challenge to raise money for Healthy Minds, there are other ways to get involved. You can even run The Great Bristol 10K with #TeamUoB through one of our discounted places - look out for entries opening soon! Whether a sporting challenge or something entirely different, we'd love to hear from you on