Fancy taking on a new year fitness challenge?
Fancy taking on a new year fitness challenge?

Local runners who have a place in next year’s Virgin Money London Marathon are being encouraged to run for one of the region’s oldest youth charities.

Race organisers informed runners last week if they had been successful in gaining a ballot place for the famous event set for Sunday 23 April 2017.

Others may already have gained a place and be looking for a charity to support: YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough says it can be that charity.

YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough has been operating in the region since 1852. Its services provide opportunities for all young people, whether they’re facing difficult and challenging issues or simply looking for a new direction.

Money raised by marathon runners will be spent on ensuring those services continue to run for young people in the months and years to come.

Jonathan Martin, Chief Executive of YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough said: “Runners who sign up to take part in the London Marathon all make a heroic effort to do something super human and I can only applaud them for that. I hope local runners who make the trip down this year can use their efforts to support their local youth charity which has been supporting young people in our area since 1852.

“Taking part in the London Marathon is no easy feat but by running for YMCA, there will be even more motivation to get over the line, knowing that what you are doing is directly improving the life chances of young people in your community at home.

“I would recommend all runners who have a place and who are looking for a charity to support to get in touch today.”

YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough is part of the wider YMCA Federation that supports almost 230,000 young people across the UK every year.

For more information on running for YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, call our fundraising team on 01733 373188 or email

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