Shine 2014: the lowdown on London's midnight marathon

Everything you need to know about London’s night-time full and half walking marathon in support of Cancer Research UK



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What is the Shine Night Walk?

Lighting up the night-time with an incredible parade of over 17,000 walkers who adorn themselves with glowsticks, bright clothes and lights, Shine is an inspiring way not only to raise money for the wonderful charity Cancer Research UK, but is also a way of symbolising the light their work can bring to the darkness of cancer, which affects so many lives.

When is Shine 2014?

At night, on Saturday September 27 2014.

Where is Shine 2014 taking place?

We won't keep you guessing any longer – the route has now been revealed in full and Shiners will be taking in some of London’s most iconic sights, passing the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, Somerset House, St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. This year, Shine starts at Southwark Park, about one mile from Tower Bridge and Shine walkers will light up London's night sky before finishing at Old Billingsgate in the heart of the City – the half marathon starts at 7.30pm and the main marathon walk begins at 9pm and 10.15pm.

Why should I get involved?

Cancer is a disease that affects more than one in three of us in the UK. By joining this walk, you can raise money to help beat all types of cancer, or personalise your sponsorship to fund life-saving research into one of 12 cancer types. Shine is unique in enabling you to do this.

Who can take part?

The walk is open to all men and women aged 13 and older. Why not sign up with friends, family or workmates and support each other along the way? You'll be walking with 17,000 other Shine walkers on the night.

Will I be able to manage the walk?

Not everyone can manage the full marathon distance (26.2 miles), so there is also a half-marathon route. The event organisers are also welcoming volunteer helpers who want to lend their support in other ways on the night.

How do I get involved in Shine 2014?

You can find out more about Shine 2014 and sign up to help make London shine by going to The entry fee is £35, which helps cover the cost of putting on the event. Registration closes at midnight on Sunday September 14 2014.

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Shine Night Walk 2015: register

Men, women and teenagers will raise money for Cancer Research UK on the Shine Night Walk on Saturday September 27 2014. The 26-mile marathon walk and the 13-mile half-marathon will take in landmarks like the London Eye in the calm of the night. You can choose to fund research into 12 specific cancer types, or general lifesaving research. Join the fight that doesn't sleep and register for next year's Shine Night Walk now.

Shine Night Walk 2014 – live

Follow the walk – as it happened – through the eyes of the thousands of participants and supporters, including our five readers who reported on their training walks around London

See London in a different light

Watch day turn into night in our interactive gallery of London's iconic landmarks including Westminster, St Paul's and The Shard.

Fun London training walks

We put a call out for five readers to sign up to the Shine Night Walk on September 27 and help us to tell people all about it in the build-up to the event – reporting on their training walks around London, and all the excitement of the night itself.

Marylebone to Bloomsbury

A tour through gardens and quiet streets from Zoe Swindells who is raising money for research into breast cancer.

Southwark and Borough

A walk along cobbled streets and through markets from Wayne Dhesi who is raising money for research into skin cancer.

The City

Rich history and amazing architecture on Liz Mills's training walk raising money for Cancer Research UK.

South Bank

A magical view of the Houses of Parliament, skateboarders and people-watching as Ryan Mullan raises money for Cancer Research UK.

Royal Parks

A peaceful route through Hyde Park and Green Park from Sophia Ratcliffe who is raising money for research into all cancers.