Popular running events

Taking part in a running event is an amazing way to raise money for Willen Hospice. Not only will it keep you on target for your fitness goals, but there’s nothing like the atmosphere of a mass participation event. We will even give you a Willen Hospice t-shirt to train and run in!

There are two ways that you can get involved:

  • You can sign up for a running event yourself and let us know you’re raising funds for Willen Hospice by filling out the form here.
  • Or you can apply for one of our charity places, this means that we’ll cover the cost of entry and you’ll have a specific fundraising goal to hit

If you have any questions, email challenges@willen-hospice.org.uk

Here is a list of running events you may be interested in.

Big Cow events, various dates

Big Cow is a local company offering a range of running events in Milton Keynes throughout the year. From their Newport Pagnell Carnival 5K, Cattle Creepy 10k, Duathlons, Winter half-marathon and more, they have got a run for everyone.

Check out their running events here, and once signed up, let us know you’re running for Willen Hospice here.

Milton Keynes Marathon, 1 – 2 May

If you are a local runner, then the Milton Keynes Marathon is an obvious choice for a top running event to take part in. With a distance to suit everyone, from 5Ks to full marathons, or the popular team relay option, it is well worth having a look.

Let us know you’re running for Willen Hospice by completing this short form.

Vitality 10K, 2 May (charity places available)

Perfect for beginners looking for a mass participation event, the Vitality 10K is a great for anyone aiming to complete a 10k. This event has a great atmosphere and as you run you can take in the sights of London, including Admiralty Arch, Nelson’s Column, St Paul’s Cathedral, Mansion House, the Bank of England, the Old Bailey, Somerset House, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey! Or, if you prefer, you can choose to run it virtually.

You can sign up yourself and choose to run for Willen Hospice, letting us know by completing this short form, or you can apply for a charity place.

The Big Half, 4 September (charity places available)

The Big Half offers a 13.1 mile route with a festival atmosphere, taking in the sights of London and celebrating the city’s diversity. You can sign up yourself and choose to run for Willen Hospice, letting us know by completing this short form, or you can apply for a charity place.

Bedford Running Festival, 2 – 4 September (charity places available)

If you are not ready for the MK Marathon in May, then the Bedford Running Festival is another great, local option. With 5k, 10K, half-marathon and 20 miles routes (perfect training for London Marathon runners) there’s a run for all abilities.

You can sign up yourself and choose to run for Willen Hospice, letting us know by completing this short form, or you can apply for a charity place.

Great North Run, 11 September (charity places available)

Hot on the heels of the London Marathon, this is one of the UK’s most popular running events. If you’ve been successful in this year’s ballot and want to run for Willen Hospice, please complete this short form.

Run for Willen 5K, 1 October

We’ve teamed up with Big Cow Events to bring you our own Run for Willen 5K. If you want to stretch your legs a bit further there is also a 10k option, and a full and half marathon option on Sunday 2 October. Find out more and enter here.

TCS London Marathon, 2 October (virtual charity places available)

If you have been successful in the ballot and want to raise funds for Willen Hospice, please complete this short form.All of our charity places for this year have been taken but we still have five places in the virtual London Marathon, taking place on the same day. In return for a charity place, we kindly ask you to fundraise a minimum of £100. Apply here.

We will be releasing charity places for the 2023 London Marathon very soon. Watch this space for updates.

Royal Parks Half Marathon, 9 October (charity places available)

This iconic central London Half Marathon takes in some of the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads, and four of London’s eight Royal Parks – Hyde Park, The Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens.

You can sign up yourself and choose to run for Willen Hospice, letting us know by completing this short form, or you can apply for a charity place.

Milton Keynes Winter Half, 11 December

Organised by our friends at Big Cow Events, the MK Winter Half is a great event for anyone wanting to achieve their running resolutions before the year is out and the Christmas festivities begin.

You can sign up yourself and choose to run for Willen Hospice, letting us know by completing this short form.

Berlin Marathon 2023  (charity places available)
There’s nothing quite like taking in the sights of a new city by running a marathon! Another iconic event that draws runners from all over the globe is the Berlin Marathon.

You can sign up yourself and choose to run for Willen Hospice, letting us know by completing this short form, or you can apply for a charity place.

In a typical year...
£9
our cost, per minute
11,000
phone calls to patients at home
600
fabulous volunteers
700
patients cared for at home
3,200
home visits
300
patients at the hospice
18,000
of cups of tea
290
counselling sessions
We can only provide the care we do thanks to the incredible generosity of our community, through their continued volunteering, fundraising and donations throughout the year. Your donation will enable us to continue providing care and support to those facing a life-limiting diagnosis, and to support their loved ones.