Runners given new hope at marathon

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Disappointed Derbyshire runners have been given new hope to enter the London Marathon with the help of a humanitarian charity.

After the 2015 Virgin London Marathon ballot was announced last week, thousands of runners across Derbyshire are facing disappointment after missing out on a place. But they might not be disappointed for long, as the British Red Cross is offering them a fabulous alternative.

The charity has a limited number of guaranteed places on one of the largest and most popular European runs – the Paris Marathon.

To soften the blow for anyone disappointed by missing out on a London Marathon place, the Red Cross is offering heavily discounted entry into the event – making it an ideal alternative to the famous UK event.

Community Fundraiser for the Red Cross in Derbyshire, Alex Gadsby said: “This is simply a fabulous marathon and by no means an inferior alternative for anyone who’s missed out on a London Marathon ballot place.

“The stunning buildings you run past are just incredible and simply dripping with history, making this race an absolute joy to take part in.

“As you run cross the River Seine and finish along the Champs Elysees you’ll experience phenomenal support and encouragement from the French people. You’ll know that, with every step, you are saving the lives and changing the lives of millions of people in Derbyshire, the UK and overseas. What a beautiful memory to have!”

The Paris Marathon on Sunday, April 12 2015, attracts over 40,000 runners from all over the world every year. The route takes in historic and iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Arc de Triomphe, making it a beautiful chance to explore the city.

Each Red Cross runner will be supported every step of the way with a fundraising pack, bespoke online fundraising page, fundraising ideas, training advice, travel and accommodation support and your very own British Red Cross running vest.

A place costs £75 to register and runners are challenged to raise £650 in sponsorship.

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis so book early to avoid disappointment.

Sign up online at or contact Alex Gadsby on 0115 8528016 or or text ‘PARIS’ and your email or postal address to 07843218078.