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 Shine?

Lighting up the night-time with an incredible parade of over 10,000 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?

This year, Shine starts at Southwark Park, about one mile from Tower Bridge. Shiners will light up London's night sky before finishing at Old Billingsgate in the heart of the City. The route takes 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. 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 translational 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 10,000 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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