Sign up to Big Marathon Month 2023 to help Emmaus UK make a difference to people experiencing homelessness, social exclusion and poverty. Join us this May to make a difference.

Every pound raised will support Emmaus communities across the UK by providing crucial funding.

The event is accessible and open to all. Simply complete the length of a marathon throughout the month of May. You can complete the miles in any way you choose: running, walking, cycling, even hopping! You can take on the challenge all in one go, or spread your miles throughout the month – the choice is yours.

Why not get together with family and friends and bring the children along to make it a social event? Got a dog? Bring your four-legged friend with you. The challenge can fit around you and your lifestyle, making it easy to take part. You can even take on the challenge in your own home using a treadmill or exercise bike.

Sign up now on our event page, where you’ll also find lots of information and support to help you with your fundraising.

Big Marathon Month 2023 inspiration


I was interested in doing the Big Marathon because my wife, Brenda, is the longest serving volunteer at Emmaus Mossley. Since the coronavirus crisis she had been unable to continue this. We both enjoy walking, so it seemed a good idea for us to try it.

Brenda and I enjoyed the challenge, and we actually completed the 26 miles in the first nine days in June. We passed the triple marathon mark on June 29th and finished on the 30th with 3 miles which took us up to 82.6 miles for the month.

Finding different circular walks, most of them from home and return, was particularly interesting and we found a lot of satisfaction in watching the miles accumulate.


Eight-year-old Jacob from Leeds took part in Emmaus UK’s Big Marathon Month 2022. However, he decided to go the extra mile and take on an extra challenge of covering 70 miles to coincide with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

In his homemade Emmaus t-shirt, Jacob showed boundless energy along the way. He was joined on his journey by friends, family and teachers who came along to walk or run with him. He completed a staggering 75.2 miles and raised £1,480 for his local Emmaus in Leeds.

Read Jacob’s story.

Other ways to support Emmaus

We have a suite of fundraising events to suit a wide range of interests and abilities. Find out how else you can get involved.