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London Marathon Foundation

About The London Marathon Foundation

The London Marathon Foundation is on a mission to Inspire Activity by funding projects that help people of all backgrounds and abilities to be physically active. Since its founding in 1981, the London Marathon Foundation has awarded over £100 million to more than 1,500 projects that Inspire Activity across communities, helping millions of people to improve their wellbeing through physical activity. 

Supporting cycling

From archery to Zumba, the London Marathon Foundation funds a range of activities and over the years has given more than £10.5 million to projects that encourage people to get cycling. These include:

  • Expanding the number of groups run by Cycle Sisters to inspire and enable more Muslim women to cycle, with the London Marathon Foundation funding helping 249 Muslim women to take part in their activities. 70 riders from Cycle Sisters took part in the RideLondon-Essex challenge rides in 2022.
  • Inclusive cycling projects run by Bikeworks and Wheels for Wellbeing, which have helped more than 1,000 people with disabilities to participate in cycling within the past 12 months. Both organisations ran activities at RideLondon FreeCycle in 2022.
  • Transport for London’s Walking and Cycling Grants and Transport for Greater Manchester’s Cycle and Stride for Active Lives initiatives, which collectively inspire 80,000 people across London and Manchester to engage in active travel and cycling opportunities.

The London Marathon Foundation is the parent charity of London Marathon Events (LME) and funds core areas where LME organises mass participation sporting events, including Ford RideLondon. From 2013 to 2019, the event partnered with Surrey County Council and the London Marathon Foundation awarded nearly £5 million to projects in Surrey during this time. These projects include:

  • Creating a new Inclusive Sports Facility at YMCA East Surrey so people with disabilities have more opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities.
  • Providing inclusive rowing facilities for the local community in Staines by funding a new, accessible boat house for Staines Boat Club.
  • Helping residents in the village of East Clandon, located on the previous RideLondon-Surrey route, participate in tennis by refurbishing the village’s tennis courts.

To find out more about the brilliant work of the London Marathon Foundation, click here and follow @LMFoundation_ on Twitter.

London Marathon Foundation

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