Who are you running for?

It was hugely inspiring to see the joy and elation of the thousands of runners who crossed the London Marathon finish line and soon it will be your turn to take on the challenge of 26.2 miles.

The Asda Foundation Yorkshire Marathon is now just six months away, leaving you the longer days of spring and summer to enjoy your training and prepare for the big day when you can look forward to a colourful, exciting and unforgettable experience.

Of course, whether you are targeting a pb or simply to get round, the marathon presents a fantastic opportunity to support the work of some great charities. If you’re keen to get behind a good cause but have still to decide which one, check out our amazing partner charities who will be delighted to receive your support. The Yorkshire Marathon’s partner charities for 2018 are:

Jane Tomlinson Appeal

Established by the late Jane Tomlinson CBE, it supports a wide range of charities across the North and the Midlands to improve the lives of children and the lives of people who are affected by cancer.

Macmillan Cancer Support

Improves the lives of people affected by cancer. It provides practical, medical, emotional and financial support and pushes for better cancer care.


For over 40 years Candlelighters has supported children with cancer, and their families, throughout Yorkshire. They support families financially, provide holidays and fund staff and equipment at Leeds Children’s Hospital. Their Family Support Centre offers a variety of therapies as well as support groups to all family members.

The Children’s Hospital Charity

Children come from all over the country to see the hospital’s specialists and the charity works hard to fund elements that the NHS does not cover. The money raised through donations buys life-saving equipment, funds vital research and treatment and helps create a comfortable and engaging environment for patients.

Alzheimer’s Society

One person every three minutes will develop dementia this year. The total number is set to reach 1 million by 2025. Join the society’s team and every pound you raise and mile you conquer, will help it provide much-needed support for families affected by dementia, as well as fund crucial research to one day find a cure.

Martin House Children’s Hospice

Martin House aims is to provide family-led care for children with life shortening conditions. It is a place where children, young people and their families can come to stay from time to time along their journey and find support, rest and practical help.

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

The charity says: “We’re determined to transform the world of children’s hospices. We’re tearing up the old rulebooks, taking a fresh and creative look at the way things are done. We’re offering new services that have never been done before. We’re listening and responding to children and their families, rather than telling them what they can or can’t do because ‘that’s the way it’s always been.’”

St Leonard’s Hospice

An independent charity providing specialist palliative care and support for people with life limiting illnesses. It has an in-patient unit, Sunflower Centre and Hospice@Home service. In this relaxed and friendly environment, every patient is recognised and treated as an individual.

St Gemma’s Hospice

Exists to provide the best possible care and quality of life for people with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, both at the hospice and out in the community.

Stroke Association

The UK’s leading charity dedicated to conquering stroke. It relies on your support to provide vital services, campaign for better stroke care and to find better treatments.

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