Loch Ness Marathon


Loch Ness Marathon

Join us

Ditch the city run and take part in one of the most scenic marathons in the world! Join us in 2019 and help change lives.

How to enter

There are two ways to get yourself signed up for the Loch Ness Marathon.

Macmillan Charity Place: We have now filled all of our charity places.

Own place entry

If you already have your own place, we'd love for you to join us. Click the 'I have my own place' button to join the team and order your running kit.

Why should I join Team Macmillan?

You'll get a free Macmillan technical running top and the best support. From a welcome pack full of fundraising ideas and training advice to our famous race side cheer-points and post-event hospitality.

Most importantly we'll provide you with a reason to keep going, because you'll know that you're helping improve the lives of people living with cancer in the UK today.

If you have any questions, email us at running@macmillan.org.uk or call on 0300 100 0200.

The minimum age for this event is 18 years old

For full terms & conditions click here.

Kick start your fundraising

Set up your JustGiving Page today.

Volunteer With Us

If you have any family and friends who’d like to come and support you on the day, we’d love them to join our volunteer team! To find out more details email volunteering@macmillan.org.uk.

Individual registration FAQs

How do I register?

You can apply for a free Macmillan place via the race organisers website. Places cost £35 and we ask for a minimum fundraising pledge of £400. Once you’ve completed your details we’ll send you a welcome email and fundraising pack to help you get started.

How much is the registration fee?

Places in this event are £35.

What is the minimum age to take part?

The minimum age to take part in this event varies.

  • Minimum age for Marathon is 18 years old

When will registration close?

Registration will close about 2 months before event day, or when the event sells out. After this date we cannot accept any new registrations for charity places. If you have your own place in the event we welcome you to sign up at anytime!

I already have my place in this event, can I still run for you?

Of course! Both those with charity places, and their own places are welcome to join our team. We’d love to help you prepare for your event, and send you a fundraising pack, running top and other helpful information for the big day! Please fill in our online form to join our team.

When will I receive my fundraising pack?

You will receive your fundraising pack with running top approximately 2-3 weeks after you have completed your registration on the race organisers website.

When will you hear from us?

Once you have signed up for a place on the race organisers website you will receive a confirmation email from them confirming you have completed your registration. You will then receive your fundraising pack from us approximately 2-3 weeks after this time. We will also send you regular emails filled with fundraising, training and event information.

Can I defer my place?

Unfortunately, we are not able to defer places in our events. We would ask that you register for another event or re-register once registrations open for next year.

When will I receive my race number?

All marathon runners must collect their race pack (including timing tag and baggage label) at pre-race registration on Saturday 5 October at Event Village, Bught Park, Inverness IV3 5SQ.


Team registration FAQs

How do I register as part of a team?

Sign up individually and then contact us to say that you are going to be fundraising as part of a team 

Is there a discount for teams? 

No, there is not 

I’m taking part with a team, do we all have to raise the minimum fundraising amount? 

Yes, you will need to raise the minimum fundraising amount for each member of your team. You can, however, choose to split the total in any way you like between the team if some people are comfortable raising more than others.

Once I have signed up, how do I know my registration is complete? 

You will receive a confirmation email from the race organisers.


Fundraising FAQs

What is the minimum fundraising amount for this event?

You will be required to raise a minimum of £400.

Why is there a minimum fundraising amount?

As for any charity, buying places in these events costs money. This ensures the costs of the event are covered so the majority of the money fundraised is spent on our vital services to help people affected by cancer.

What is JustGiving and how do I set up a page?

JustGiving is one of the most trusted platforms for online giving and is very simple to use. Once you've set up your page you can share it with friends, family, and colleagues and they can make an online donation of their chosen amount, and leave you a message. It will also ask if their donation is eligible for Gift Aid.

The money donated to your page comes straight to Macmillan, which means no trips to the bank or hours counting pennies.

What happens if I don't raise the minimum fundraising amount?

It is important that everyone reaches the minimum fundraising pledge to ensure Macmillan doesn't lose money on your participation and the majority of what you raise helps those affected by cancer.

We provide you with as much help as we can to help you reach this amount, and our Supporter Care Hub is also available on 0300 1000 200 if you want further help. If it gets to a point where you feel you really can’t fundraise anymore then you are welcome to donate the remaining amount yourself.

Can Macmillan help with my fundraising?

Definitely! Once you’ve registered, keep a look out for your Fundraising Pack in the post which should arrive within 2-3 weeks. This includes a comprehensive fundraising guide with advice and ideas on how to reach your fundraising target, along with a sponsorship form and other resources.

We will also be in touch every couple of months with helpful e-newsletters, and you can email or call our Supporter Care Hub on 0300 1000 200 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) anytime you have a fundraising question. They will also be able to order any materials you may need including collection boxes and buckets, balloons, posters, and extra sponsorship forms.


How will my fundraising help?

£250 could pay for five people living with cancer to attend a health and wellbeing event, providing them with the skills to improve the management of these areas in their lives.

£335 could pay for a Macmillan grant that helps a family affected by cancer take a holiday and enjoy precious time together.

£546 could pay for a Macmillan Social Care Worker for a week, helping patients, family members and carers manage the social and practical problems of living with cancer.

Every £800 we spend on our phone service could lead to our welfare rights advisors on the Macmillan Support Line helping people living with cancer claim up to £31,480 in benefits they are entitled to.

£1,203 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for a week, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.


'It's great to have that extra bit of support for a marathon when you need it most and feel part of a cause so powerful and personal.'

Peter, Team Macmillan runner

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