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31 days
26.2 miles
A marathon, your way
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Run towards a healthier you this October

The challenge

Can you complete a marathon in a month?

This October, you have the opportunity to become a marathon hero, no matter your running experience. The challenge is to conquer the marathon distance of 26.2 miles, in your local area, over the 31 days of October. You can pound the pavements and the parks or complete it on a running machine in your front room or gym.

However you do it, you'll end up feeling great thanks to the improved mood that comes with exercise. And to top it off, you'll be raising money for people affected by diabetes.

If you have any questions about the challenge, or registration, please email run26@diabetes.org.uk and the team will be happy to help.

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4 steps to registration


Register online. If you are under 18 please ask a parent or guardian to register on your behalf.


Set your fundraising target. There is no minimum sponsorship but we suggest a target of £120 and the more you raise the higher you will be placed on our fundraising leaderboard.


Share your page with all your friends, family and colleagues.


From 1 October, start tracking your runs. Use a fitness app or go old school with a pedometer and track your distance manually.

Pre-register today

The benefits of Run26

Physical health

As well as reducing the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, regular physical activity keeps your body healthy and strong.

Mental health

Running can reduce anxiety, improve self-esteem and build a greater sense of calm. Look after your mind as well as your body.

The cause

Run towards a healthier you and, with your fundraising, a better future for people living with diabetes.

The challenge

Whether you run in grassy fields, on the streets or in your gym. Feel the rush as you tick off the miles towards completing your marathon.

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Use the hashtag to share your photos on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

I never thought I'd be a marathon finisher! I feel fitter than ever before and so proud of what I've achieved.

Hannah, Nottingham

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Run towards a healthier you this October

You've got 31 days to complete 26.2 miles your way.