Complete the marathon distance of 26.2 miles over the month of May and get your friends and family to sponsor you along the way. Whether you run, walk or cycle is entirely up to you – complete the challenge wherever and however you want.

This year, we’re setting some new challenges:

Challenge 1 – Classic
Complete 26.2 miles in May however you choose. Run, walk, skip, hop … the choice is yours!

Challenge 2 – The Uprising of Kindness Challenge
If 26.2 miles is a little too easy, complete 70 miles, commemorating 70 years since the Uprising of Kindness that took place in Paris 1954.

Challenge 3 – Cambridge to Paris
Take on this next level challenge of completing 293 miles – the distance between the first Emmaus community in France and the first Emmaus community to open in the UK in Cambridge. This is perfect for groups who want to complete a challenge between them.

Challenge 4 – The Emmaus Way
This is the ultimate challenge – Complete the distance of 1,600 miles. This covers the approximate distance between all Emmaus communities in the UK – from Glasgow down to Dover. Perfect for cyclists or long distance runners – Take part as a team and accumulate the mileage between you!

For example – 1,600 miles over 31 days is 51.6 miles a day. A team of 10 people can cover 5.16 miles per person per day!

How do I sign-up?

1.  Simply sign up at the bottom of this page to let us know you will be participating.

2. Then set up your fundraising page with JustGiving or download a Sponsorship form

To set up your JustGiving page:

  • Go to the Big Marathon Month 2024 campaign page on JustGiving
  • Click the orange ‘Start fundraising’ button on the right of the campaign page
  • Log in or sign up to JustGiving
  • Select “Taking part in an Event”
  • Select “Big Marathon Month 2024”
  • Fill in your details
  • Event start date is 1st May 2024
  • Set your fundraising target

To keep track of your progress:

  • Integrate your JustGiving page with Strava
  • Or download the mile tracker

THANK YOU in advance.

Your participation in this event will help us to help support people who have experienced homelessness, including Rob, who has shared his homelessness story.

If you raise over £100, you’ll receive an Emmaus medal to celebrate your fantastic effort. Don’t let this limit you though, everything you raise makes a vital difference. We greatly appreciate your time and efforts.


If you have any queries, please email [email protected]


Go on! Start small and build up your miles, see how far you can take it! 



Click here to sign up to the Big Marathon Month

Entry Fee: £