Apart from the obvious – getting a ballot place.

Now, this post is in no way saying this is the way you should choose a charity to run for, and if you have a charity that is dear to your heart, of course you should choose that one.

I, however, don’t. And I do have a very good friend who has got into The Royal Parks on the ballot (I failed, again), and as it will be his first half marathon, I really want to go along and support him.

Raising money for charity places is really difficult for me, especially for a half marathon distance, I run a lot of half marathons, so can’t see why people would sponsor me to run yet another one. Therefore, for my peace of mind, I would like to find the cheapest charity to run for, so if I don’t manage to raise the minimum sponsorship money, I can still afford to make up the difference myself.

The list below is nowhere near exhaustive, but it does give a good idea as to the registration fees and minimum target levels charities are asking for. (and is correct at the time of posting 19/03/19, I did notice there were a few discounts in March, so I can imagine these targets and registration fees can and will change),

Are you running the Royal Parks Half Marathon? Will we see you on the start line?

CharityRegistration
Fee
Minimum
Fundraising
Total
St John’s Ambulance20250270
Smile Train UK0300300
Mencap
10300310
Make-A-Wish Foundation15300315
Send a Cow15300315
Scope20299319
Pancreatic Cancer Action
20300320
Epilepsy Society25300325
MHA25300325
RSBC25300325
Dogs Trust30300330
Mayhew30300330
Spinal Research35300335
Shelter19329348
Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust50300350
Tommy’s0350350
Versus Arthritis25325350
Diabetes UK1350351
NSPCC10350360
Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity10350360
Bone Cancer Research Trust15350365
Bloodwise20350370
British Heart Foundation20350370
Prostate Cancer UK20350370
Fight for Sight25350375
The Children’s Trust25350375
Worldwide Cancer Research25350375
Battersea Dogs’ and Cats’ Home30350380
Centre Point30350380
Crohn’s and Colitis UK30350380
Mental Health Foundation30350380
Teenage Cancer Trust30350380
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity30350380
World Cancer Research Fund30350380
The Institute of Cancer Research17.5365382.5
Bowel Cancer UK35350385
Breast Cancer Now35350385
Great Ormand Street Hospital35350385
MacMillan Cancer Support35350385
Mind35350385
Pancreatic Cancer UK35350385
National Literacy Trust40350390
Parkinson’s UK40350390
London Air Ambulance45350395