Support our team in 2017
This year, your donations to the Jesuit Missions London Marathon team will help provide an education to people whose lives have been devastated by conflict and displacement.
We are working with Jesuit Refugee Service in Maban, South Sudan to offer quality education, counselling and training to children and adults from both refugee and host communities.
Every donation will make a difference.
Jesuit Missions fields a team of runners in the London Marathon every year; we are currently recruiting for next year’s Marathon, which will be held in April 2018. If you are eager to tick an item off your bucket list and raise money for a very worthwhile cause, then get involved and apply for a place on our team today!
I am interested in joining the Jesuit Missions marathon team for 2018. What do I need to do to apply?
If you feel that you are up for the challenge this amazing experience presents, you can apply for a place on the team by emailing Richard@jesuitmissions.org.uk. We will then send you an application form and will look forward to receiving your completed application. Once we have received it, we will be in contact with you again shortly to let you know if you have been successful in gaining a place on our team.
Ok, I’ve been successful, what’s my next step?
If you have been lucky enough to secure a place, then a great place to start is setting up a Virgin Money Giving fundraising page which is linked to Jesuit Missions. You will have complete control over your page, which will help you to keep your story updated, and will also allow you to upload photographs. People are generally more responsive to photos and keeping donors aware of your progress can only help to increase the amount you raise.
What is the fundraising target that you ask us to reach?
The fundraising target is £2,000. This may seem like a large figure but with good preparation it is achievable. We will do all that we can to support you.
Will Jesuit Missions help me by promoting my fundraising page on social media?
Yes, we are happy to help our runners! When your page is established, please let us know and we will gladly share it on our website and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. It helps if you send us a photo of yourself as well, so donors can really feel like they know our team!
When is the best time to start my training for the event?
We recommend that you begin your training as soon as you can, particularly if you sign up during the summer or early autumn months. Beginning your training in the winter can be difficult, so the more strength and endurance you have built up in the good weather, the better equipped you will be as you ramp up the longer runs in the months and weeks leading up to the marathon.
What can I expect from the team at Jesuit Missions in the lead up to the marathon?
The support from us begins the moment you have been accepted onto our team. You will receive weekly emails from us with fundraising ideas, help with setting up your page, tips on training and most importantly, encouragement! As part of our team, if you wish to, you can connect with other team members via social media or other outlets, to form a community of support with others experiencing the same ups and downs of training for a marathon.
Are there any services that the Jesuit Missions team offer to the runners on the weekend of the marathon?
We understand this is a huge undertaking for most people, for many it is a once in a lifetime achievement, and we do our best to provide as much support as possible during the marathon weekend. Once Marathon weekend arrives, we host a pasta party the night before the race and offer encouragement and snacks along the course, as well as transport to our post-marathon party, held in the Jesuits’ office in nearby Mayfair. Once there, you will be looked after by the Jesuit Missions team where you can take advantage of a shower, massage and plenty of refreshments.
Still not convinced? Read what previous runners have to say about the experience:
“The experience of feeling a part of a team, of running for a truly worthwhile cause, of being looked after from the early training, through to dinner the night before, the support on the day, invitations to the ‘After’ party, the pats on the backs, and the photos – have made this one of the best days of my life –thank you, thank you very much” – Ben Smith
I am really impressed by the amount of time and effort all the supporting team did put to make us feel comfortable. The big applause really goes to you all. It has been an incredible and personally rewarding experience for me, where the time result was of secondary importance and the main takeaway was the team spirit I found there, the great cause we run for and great people I met.” – Nacho Pedraz
“Thanks so much to all the team for a great day last Sunday – I felt really well supported and looked after throughout the day and it really made a massive difference” – Hugh Dickinson
“It has been a source of pleasure and delight, if sometimes painful, to raise money for an organisation which we have learned to respect, love and cherish because of the work it does and those who have carried out its work. Long may Jesuit Missions thrive!” – John Marshall