Overseas marathons and races

Cancer, You're On! Why not take on the ultimate challenge of running a marathon in one of the world's most beautiful cities? 

You can fulfill your goal while raising much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society. We have guaranteed charity entry places for a number of the world's biggest marathons.

Here are some of our top picks:

Paris Marathon

8 April 2018

The Paris Marathon, one of the world’s biggest and best, starts at 8.45am at the world-famous Champs Elysees.

The finish area is nearby at Avenue Foch.

The route passes many superb landmarks, including the Arc de Triomphe, the Bastille, Notre Dame and, of course, the Eiffel Tower.


Register your interest

22 April 2018

Join thousands of runners and spectators on the streets of London for the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Every year, almost 40,000 people run the 26.2-mile (42.2km) marathon through the streets of London, with 253,930 people from the UK applying for a place in the 2017 marathon. The Irish Cancer Society can GUARENTEE your place.

Register your interest

25 February 2018

We invite you to run in the exciting newest World Marathon Major - Tokyo Marathon 2018, in support of the Irish Cancer Society.

The Tokyo Marathon is a hugely popular and superbly organised international event, with the total number of runners capped at 35,500. Over 300,000 runners applied to run this year alone. Spaces are very limited so register today to secure your spot!


Great North Run

9 September 2018

Located on England’s northeast coast the Great North Run is one of the world's great running festivals and the biggest half marathon (13.1 miles).

The race starts just north of Newcastle City Centre, and finishes at Cliff Top Park, South Shields, a popular seaside resort. The course is slightly undulating, but very fast. The local `Geordies' give an outstandingly warm welcome each year to the visiting Irish runners. 


More information

Overseas marathons FAQs

Q: How do I apply directly for a guaranteed Irish Cancer Society charity place?

A: Fill out our online registration form with the marathon or race of your choice and we will contact you with further details.

Q: How much do I have to raise?

A: For our guaranteed entry place we ask for a minimum sponsorship to be raised. This will vary from race to race. CallSave 1850 60 60 60 or email fundraising@irishcancer.ie for more information.

If you have secured your own place on an overseas marathon or race, or you are taking part in a marathon or race in Ireland, there is no fundraising target. We ask you to raise as much as you can.

Q: What is my "own place"?

A: If you have been successful in the overseas marathon or race lottery to secure your place, or if you have already paid your own way with Sports Travel, this is known as your "own place".

Share your experience

If you have any photos from a marathon you ran on behalf of the Society, that you wish to share or a story about why you participated we would love to hear from you. Please forward them onto Sinead.

Apply for a Irish Cancer Society charity guaranteed place

You can apply for an Irish Cancer Society charity assured place, for which we ask for a minimum sponsorship pledge. This will vary from race to race.

  • Complete our online registration form to receive more details
  • Our places will be supplied by Sports Travel International
  • Our package will include flights, accommodation, race entry and bus to the race start.

Registering to run for the Irish Cancer Society

Complete our online registration form to receive your free Run4Life fundraising pack.

How you'll help

One of the programmes your funds will help support is our night nursing service, which is a free, nationwide service the Irish Cancer Society provides to people who want to spend their final days at home. By signing up to run the a marathon you will help make sure an Irish Cancer Society night nurse is there for people when they need one most; sitting with them, comforting them, answering their questions and giving them the best possible care.