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Marathon in a Month


This June, over 1,700 of you came together for cancer patients across Ireland and completed a Marathon in a Month.

In these uncertain times, your kindness & generosity has been incredible! Your donations will make a huge difference to the lives of cancer patients and their families across Ireland.

Thank you all so much!

How to lodge your funds

Your online donations from your fundraising page are lodged automatically but if you have any cash donations you can lodge them using the methods below:

  • You can lodge the funds online here
  • Call 1850 60 60 60 and one of our team can take your donation over the phone.
  • Post us a cheque to Irish Cancer Society, 43/45 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4

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 June and track their progress online as they complete the 42km.

In these uncertain times, the health and safety of our supporters is our top priority, so it is important when taking on Marathon in a Month to follow the guidelines provided by the HSE at this time, which include:


  • Keep your distance: Maintain a 2 metre distance from other people
  • Stay local: within a 5km radius of your home
  • Enjoy the outdoors respectfully
  • If you are cocooning and wish to take part please only take on what can be done safely and in line with the public health guidelines which can be found here

How it works

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

Once registered, participants can walk, jog or run the marathon distance in a day, week, or over the whole month of June, completing the 42km in a way that is a challenge to themselves. During this time please maintain 2 metre distance from other people and keep within the 5km radius of your home.

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.

Sign ups are now closed. Thank you all so much for participating!

Training tips

We talked with 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 people like you to provide vital services for cancer patients and their families across Ireland. These include:

  • Our freephone Cancer Nurseline 1800 200 700, which provided free advice and information to over 25,000 people last year.
  • The Night Nursing Service, which provided over 7,000 nights of care for cancer patients at end of life last year
  • The Volunteer Driver Service, which provided 16,273 trips to and from chemotherapy for cancer patients in 2019.
  • 13 Daffodil Centres, which are staffed by specialist nurses & volunteers to provide both practical information & emotional support.The Irish Cancer Society is experiencing increased demand for our services during coronavirus and we have introduced new supports, such as an extended Support Line and a remote counselling service, to ensure we are there for people when they need us.

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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