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Running for Independence, Dignity and Health

11 October 2022

The 42nd London Marathon took place this year on 2 October. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the annual event was moved from its usual spring slot to October. In 2023 the London Marathon will return on 23 April.

This year, 'Team Lepra' raised over £15,000, an incredible amount which will help provide vital services to the most vulnerable communities in India and Bangladesh. With 92 pence in every pound going directly to support the people who need it most, Team Lepra's amazing efforts will help countless people improve their physical and emotional health, helping to restore a life of independence and dignity.

The Marathon holds an important symbolic value for Lepra. Each year the charity provides over 26,000 pairs of specialist, custom-made footwear for people with leprosy, which play a vital role in the prevention of permanent disability. 

Alessandro Marmorato, a physiotherapist and ultrarunner from London, is one of Lepra’s runners this year. His career gives him a unique insight into Lepra’s work overseas:

“I got to know Lepra, a 100 year old charity through a friend and I have been impressed by the passion that the staff in the UK, India and Bangladesh put into the work to support people affected by leprosy. Through physiotherapy and exercise they help people maintain and regain the use of parts of their body affected by the disease. Working in the same profession and thinking that my job can change people’s lives to such an extent makes me proud. I am running to fund projects such as Lepra to increase awareness of physical conditions and help provide training, rehabilitation and mental health assistance.”

A huge thank you to our runners and and everyone who supported them in 2022!


To register your interest in the London Marathon 2023 click here.

To find out more about Lepra's 'Giving Shoesday' campaign click here.