Cutty Sark and the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017

Cutty Sark is the world’s sole-surviving tea clipper and the fastest and greatest of her time. Since the start of the London Marathon in 1981, she has been one of the first major landmarks encountered by runners on the route.

As in previous years, five runners will join the Marathon to raise money for Cutty Sark. The money will go towards the ongoing conservation of the ship, ensuring this important national icon is preserved for future generations. In 2017, planned projects include the ongoing restoration of the life boats and the anchor on the starboard side of the ship.

Support and training

We have teamed up with Greenwich Training to offer those runners who have secured a place to run for Cutty Sark in the London Marathon a weekly training programme from January to April 2017. The bespoke programme has been created to help the runners prepare for the marathon, and includes a weekly 55-minute training and mobility workshop in the Greenwich Training studio (just around the corner from Cutty Sark) on Saturdays, a complete online training schedule and guidance on nutrition, plus access to the Greenwich Training's database of over 150 recipes.

Visit the Greenwich Training website


Meet our amazing runners:

Adie: I am running for Cutty Sark and for Royal Museums Greenwich because I think it is an important part of maritime history.

Annick: It just so happened that my good friend, Jackie Scully, a breast cancer survivor, a fellow hippy, as well as being a running nutter like me, posted about Cutty Sark looking for people to run the marathon and raise money for the ship. Jackie is getting MARRIED on board Cutty Sark at 7.30 a.m. on the morning of the marathon. That is amazing in itself, but she and her newly wedded husband, and her dad, are then running the marathon.  So before I knew it, I had messaged her to say I would love to have one of the marathon places, and so here I am...raising money for this amazingly iconic ship.

Jack: My two boys love Greenwich, the museums and Cutty Sark. We have spent many great family days there so I felt it was time to give something back.

Mark: I moved to Greenwich around 10 years ago and in that time I've seen Cutty Sark absolutely transform the area. I'm hoping the training for running the marathon will absolutely transform me!

Ruth: Having lived at worked in Greenwich for a number of years I  am delighted to be running the London Marathon on behalf of Cutty Sark; one of the many treasures of Maritime Greenwich.

Thomas: I carried my trumpet on my back past Cutty Sark for two years heading into music college and never at the time did I think it would recover or look as amazing as it does now. Our local and global history needs some help and hopefully my hobby can help to continue the amazing work that goes into such vital preservation.

If you would like to donate now, please visit our JustGiving page

Visit the Virgin Money London Marathon site for training advice and further information

Visit Cutty Sark

Experience what life was like on board a true survivor of the seas.

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