London Marathon places up for grabs for Weston Hospicecare supporters

PUBLISHED: 09:00 16 October 2018

Weston Hospicecare has five Gold Bond places for runners to take part in the Weston Hospicecare.

Weston Hospicecare has five Gold Bond places for runners to take part in the Weston Hospicecare.


Keen athletes whose London Marathon 2019 hopes may have been dashed this week still have an opportunity to take part in the famous race – by running on behalf of Weston Hospicecare.

The event is one of the best-known marathons in the world, and always has far more applications for places than organisers could ever hope to accommodate.

That means would-be runners are entered into a ballot for race places, and every year thousands face disappointment when the successful names are revealed.

This year was no different when ballot results were announced on Monday – but there remains another route to the starting line for those who were unsuccessful.

Charities around the country hold Gold Bond places which enable runners to take part in return for meeting a minimum sponsorship pledge for their cause.

Weston Hospicecare holds five of these places, and is now inviting applications from local runners who are keen to support the hospice by taking part.

The hospice’s challenge manager Simon Angear said: “We know how tough it can be to secure a London Marathon slot, and how much of a disappointment it can be for runners to miss out on a ballot place.

“But all is not lost. We’re now inviting applications from people who are still keen to take part, and who would relish the opportunity to support Weston Hospicecare at the same time.

“Feedback from our runners in past years tells us that the London Marathon is a fabulous experience, and the sense of achievement felt at the finish line is second to none.

“Plus, every pace is a step towards helping Weston Hospicecare to care for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families – and every penny counts for us.”

Runners who are awarded the hospice’s Gold Bond places are encouraged to raise a minimum of £2,000 in sponsorship, but are supported through the fundraising process by the hospice team.

Anyone who would like to apply for one of the hospice’s London Marathon places can download an application form by logging on to, or request a copy by emailing or call 01934 423947.

More from Weston Mercury

Yesterday, 21:00

Festive fliers have been advised to pack presents in their hold luggage to avoid them being unwrapped at security.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:00

Girls from across the Extend Learning Academies Network in Weston came together for an inter-schools football tournament.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:00

Weston stroke survivors could benefit from a ‘life-changing’ new rehabilitation programme.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A couple’s home was raided while they were partying the night away at a police ball. The story featured in the Weston Mercury and Somerset Herald 50 years ago.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:00

Indie rock band The Zutons will perform in Bristol next spring.

Read more
Yesterday, 13:00

Work has begun on Weston’s £11million flagship food and drink centre, which is expected to bring 250 jobs to the area.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:50

Significant improvements to day-time operations at Weston General Hospital’s A&E have been recognised by health inspectors.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:58

An action-packed superhero adventure comes to cinema screens next week, and Mercury readers will win tickets to see it.

Read more
Yesterday, 07:58

The family of a Worle youngster have praised their son’s bravery after he won a Somerset Award.

Read more
Fri, 20:00

A sing-along screening of 2017’s smash hit The Greatest Showman will take place at Bristol Hippodrome.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Heavy Showers

Heavy Showers

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 4°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists