Charity secures place in London Marathon – could you run for Smudger?

We’ve secured a much-coveted place in this year’s London Marathon and are asking for anyone who’s always wanted to complete the 26.2 miles to register their interest.

The 2021 event is due to take place on Sunday 3 October and will be the world’s first 100,000-person marathon with half on the streets of the capital and half participating virtually.

The Nick Smith Foundation was awarded one of the places for the main London event in the hotly contested charity ballot and is now inviting applications to represent the charity.

Nick ‘Smudger’ Smith died in December 2017 just 101-days after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease. He was 38 and had two young children, Hadyn and Georgia, with his wife, Rachel.

The Nick Smith Foundation was set up three years ago in his name to raise money to support research into MND, support children who have had to face the death of a parent and support young people to take up and play rugby league.

The charity has invested £50,000 into MND research, funded a new MND coordinator for the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust, and organises an annual event to bring together U7 rugby league players from across Yorkshire.

Stephen Naylor, Chair of The Nick Smith Foundation, said:

“We’re really excited to have secured a place in the London Marathon and want to ensure everyone who has always wanted to take part in the event has the opportunity to register their interest in representing The Nick Smith Foundation.

“For us, this is a great chance to raise as much money as possible so we can continue our work leaving a lasting legacy for Nick. The past year has been hard for all charities, which is why it’s important for us to make the most of this opportunity.”

More details about the Marathon place, and how to express your interest in running for The Nick Smith Foundation, can be found at