The organisers of the award-winning Ealing Half Marathon have announced four charity partners for the eighth anniversary event taking place on Sunday 29th September 2019.

Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research UK return as Platinum Headline Charities following demand from previous years, while Macmillan Cancer Support and Meadow House Hospice are welcomed as new Gold Charities.

Since it was established in 2012, Ealing Half Marathon has been a superb platform for charity fundraising, with over £2 million raised to date. The race is a big favourite among the running community and always welcomes many charity runners among the thousands who take part each year. With the prompt announcement of official charity partners for 2019, it is hoped that many runners will be encouraged to sign up and raise money for these excellent causes.

Alzheimer’s Society is the only UK charity investing in research into dementia care, cause, cure and prevention, whilst working to meet the needs of people affected by dementia and inspiring change. All fundraising efforts at Ealing Half will help the charity to make greater progress towards its vision of a world without dementia. To request a fundraising pack or to sign up to run for Alzheimer’s Society, visit the website or email events@alzheimers.org.uk. A charity place can be secured with a £10 registration fee and the minimum fundraising target is £300.

Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research. The charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped to save millions of lives, and support from runners at Ealing Half Marathon will help them to take another step closer to beating cancer. To request a fundraising pack or to apply to run for Cancer Research UK, visit the website or email sportsteam@cancer.org.uk. Charity places are free for runners who pledge to raise £350 or more for their life-saving research.

Macmillan Cancer Support promises to be another popular choice for runners wanting to make a difference to others. As one of the largest British charities, it provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer, with a goal to improve the lives of everyone living with cancer in the UK. To request a fundraising pack or to apply to run for Macmillan Cancer Support, visit the website. Charity places are free for runners who pledge to raise £300 or more in sponsorship.

Located in the grounds of Ealing Hospital, Meadow House Hospice is one of London’s first NHS hospices and holds special significance to many in the local area. It provides specialist palliative care services to the residents of Ealing and Hounslow through its 15-bed inpatient unit, active day hospice and clinical support to patients in their own home. The Hospice also provides valuable support to the families and carers of those with life-limiting or terminal conditions. To request a charity place with Meadow House Hospice, email lynnemay@nhs.net. If you already have a place and want to start fundraising, visit the JustGiving page.

As well as raising substantial amounts for charity, Ealing Half Marathon is well known for its incredible community support and friendly atmosphere. It was voted the UK’s Best Half Marathon for three consecutive years at The Running Awards and is a sell-out each year as runners secure their place to experience the famous #EalingFeeling.

The 2019 Ealing Half Marathon will be the eighth edition of the race and it is set to be the biggest and best yet. The UKA-measured, single-lap course follows a closed-road route around the leafy streets of West London, taking in parts of Central Ealing, Montpelier, Pitshanger, West Ealing, Hanwell and St Stephens. The race starts and finishes in Ealing’s Lammas Park, where the race village is located.

Race Director Sandra Courtney commented, “We are delighted to welcome back Alzheimer’s Society and Cancer Research UK as Official Charities for the 2019 Ealing Half Marathon, and it is fantastic to bring on board Macmillan Cancer Support and Meadow House Hospice this year too. All four charities carry out incredible work and are close to many people’s hearts. We hope that many runners will be inspired to sign up and secure a charity place to help make a real difference to others. Anyone who already has their place in the 2019 Ealing Half Marathon can request a fundraising pack from any of our official charities and start raising sponsorship. We are extremely proud that Ealing Half Marathon has been able to make a difference to many amazing causes over the years, and we’ll be giving an extra big cheer to our charity fundraisers in 2019!”

Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com/charity for full information on running for charity.

The 2019 Ealing Half Marathon takes place on Sunday 29th September and entries are open. Entries to Ealing Mini Mile on Saturday 28th September, which will be sponsored once again by St Augustine’s Priory, open on Monday 7th January 2019.

Go to www.ealinghalfmarathon.com to register and for further race info. You can also like the Facebook page www.facebook.com/ealinghalf and follow @EalingHalf #EalingFeeling on Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with all the latest news about the Ealing Half Marathon.