The London Marathon is the single biggest fundraising event of the year for Save the Rhino, helping to fund essential rhino conservation programmes in Africa and Asia. This year we have a fantastic team of 67 runners from all over the world, including rangers from our programme partners in Africa, who put their lives on the line every day to protect rhinos. 15 brave runners are completing the challenge in our iconic rhino costumes, all in the name of rhino conservation.
Our wonderful team have been training hard through wind, snow and African sun over the last 7 months, all leading up to the Big Day – Sunday 28th April. If you would like to support our amazing team, please donate here .
The History of Save the Rhino at the London Marathon
Our rhino runners have been an unmissable feature of the London Marathon since 1992 when William Todd-Jones became the first person to cross the finish line in one of our iconic rhino costumes.
Save the Rhino offers several guaranteed places every year under the Golden Bond scheme. We are keen to make sure each of our marathon team members feels very much involved with our cause during the lead up to the marathon and after completion.
- A dry fit team T-shirt
- A silver rhino pin badge
- A pack to welcome you into the rhino runners team
- Regular, personal team emails with advice on fundraising and updates on our conservation work
- Full fundraising and training support
- An exclusive Rhino Runners Facebook group
- A team Strava group to track your own progress and see how the rest of the team are progressing
- A friendly pre-marathon team evening to meet the other runners and all of us at Save the Rhino before race-day, receive first-hand advice and hear about the fantastic work you are supporting
- A post-race party picnic with beers, snacks, sandwiches and sweet treats which your supporters on the day are more than welcome to join
- Post-race massage to soothe your muscles after the race
On marathon day we have a team area at the starting line where you can meet all of the people you’ve come to know along the way, as well as share the day with family and friends. We then set up camp next to the Horse Guard’s Memorial in St James’ Park, so after we’ve cheered you over the finish line, we shall lead you there for post-race treats and a well-earned place to relax!
Our team for the London Marathon 2019 is now full. Check back soon for places in the 2020 Virgin London marathon!
Find out more
The London Marathon is a fantastic event, getting bigger and better every year. You can read about how our rhino runners got on last year on our blog.