Marathon in a Month runners

Marathon in a Month

The Marathon EVERYONE can complete!

Complete the distance of a Marathon within the month of July, help cancer patients across Ireland and fund vital research!

About Marathon in a Month

The Irish Cancer Society has launched Ireland’s first virtual marathon campaign, Marathon in a Month, which aims to get people moving while raising vital funds to support people affected by cancer.

As part of the innovative fundraising campaign the Society is asking members of the public to complete the distance of a marathon during the month of July and track their progress online as they complete the 42km.

How it works

Register online and set up your personal fundraising page hosted by our friends at

Once registered, participants can walk, jog or run the marathon distance in a day, week, or over the whole month of July, completing the 42km in a way that is a challenge to themselves.

Each participant can link their everydayhero online fundraising page to their fitness app and keep track of their progress as they raise money to help the 40,000 people in Ireland who will be diagnosed with cancer this year.

Registration will open later this year

A recent Healthy Ireland Survey has shown that just 32% of adults undertake the recommended level of physical activity, which is 30 minutes of physical activity five days a week. The most common reason given for the lack of activity is being too busy.

Training tips

As part of our Marathon in a Month campaign, we talked to Mary Jennings, running coach and founder of ForgetTheGym to provide some training tips on getting your training started for your marathon.

Mary founded ForgetTheGym in 2007 to encourage people to get outdoors, get running and get motivated.  She coaches runners of all levels to enjoy running.

Where the money goes

The Irish Cancer Society relies almost entirely on donations from members of the public to fund its work.  Funds are used to provide vital services for people affected by cancer. These include:

  • 13 Daffodil Centres, which are staffed by specialist nurses & volunteers to provide both practical information & emotional support.
  • Our freephone Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700, which provided free advice and information to over 42,000 people last year. 
  • The Night Nursing Service, which provided over 8,000 nights of care for cancer patients at end of life last year
  • The Volunteer Driver Service, which provided free transportation for patients to attend 11,000 chemotherapy appointments.

Money raised will also fund innovative cancer research projects, with €20m invested into lifesaving research by the Society since 2010. This investment has supported more than 150 cancer researchers to work on a diverse range of individual and collaborative projects that will ultimately lead to better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer.

For more information

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1850 60 60 60

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