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Staying home? Stay involved and keep making a difference.

We're missing our regular Lily events as much as you are, but there are still loads of ways to get involved and make a difference. We're launching an exciting programme of virtual events, from celebrity pub quizzes to indoor sports challenges and more, so you can be part of the Lily community wherever you are. Join in the fun, and help us keep bringing positive change to the lives of people with mito.


Lily Pub Quiz with John Thomson

4 Jun 2020

Fans of Cold Feet and The Fast Show are in for a real treat this week, as actor and comedian John Thomson joins us live to host the Lily Pub Quiz! John is the latest celebrity to host our virtual quiz night in support of people affected by mitochondrial diseases. 

Great North Swim

Windermere - 6 Jun 2020

£ from £36 depending on distance

Hosted at Brockhole on Windermere, it’s a fantastic weekend of open water swimming in the stunning Lake District.

With distances to suit all levels and abilities you can enjoy a weekend in the great outdoors with friends and family. Take your pick from 250 metres, 1/2 a mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 5k or a 10k...

Two Castles Run 2020

Warwick - 14 Jun 2020

£ ballot will be for 2 weeks opening at Midday on 1st February

The Two Castles Run is a 10K run, organised by the Rotary Club of Kenilworth and Leamington Cycling and Athletic Club, between two of Britain's most beautiful castles - Warwick Castle and Kenilworth Castle. The run is organised by volunteers solely to raise funds for charitable purposes.

Cotswold Way Challenge 2020

27 Jun 2020

£15-£198 depending on sign up option

The magical Cotswold Way provides a stunning setting for a testing challenge - with some fantastic views en route and tough hills in between! It's a Saturday morning start from historic Bath's Royal Crescent, as 2000 adventurers set out on 100km of footpaths & trails - most walk, some jog and there are 50km and 25km options available too

Colour Obstacle Rush 2020

Liverpool, Aintree Race Course - 27 Jun 2020

£ from £22.50

The most fun run on Earth – the only one with 20 obstacles, 8 colour stations, 20 music zones, foam and more​. 2020 will  be even bigger, better, louder and more colourful than ever!

Other locations are available on the organiser's website

Great North 10km 2020

Gateshead - 28 Jun 2020


Passing under the iconic Tyne Bridge and heading along to the Sage Gateshead and BALTIC before bending back along the Quayside for a triumphant lap of the Gateshead International Stadium track

Peak District Ultra 2020

4 Jul 2020

£5-£198 depending on sign up option

This challenge will welcome 2,000 adventurers into the fabulous Peak District National Park. The full 100km Challenge which takes a tough & varied figure of 8 route through Derbyshire's finest scenery and Peaks. With Half and Quarter challenges also available there is something for everyone.

Lake District Challenge 2020

4 Jul 2020

£5-£198 depending on sign up option

New for 2020 – Walk, Jog, or Run the Lake District Challenge and take on England's finest countryside at your pace. Test yourself on a fantastic Ultra Challenge - suitable for all experience levels - and you'll get the best support & hospitality all the way. .With 100km, 50km and 25km events available there is something for everyone.

Endure 24 Leeds 2020

Leeds - 4 Jul 2020

£ from £95

Endure24 is a 24 hour solo or team relay race run over a 5 mile trail loops on private country estates. Virtually anyone of any standard can take part.

Water Wipe Out 2020

National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham - 4 Jul 2020

£39.95 (kids from £14.95)

Probably the wettest event in the world of OCR, if you are remotely aqua phobic this will challenge you to the core. Water Wipeout is the ultimate obstacle race and muddy fun run.

5km and 10km distances are available and a junior/family event too!

Iron Man UK

Bolton, Lancashire - 12 Jul 2020

£ from £440

''Swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles, run 26.2 miles- BRAG FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. "

- John Collins, IRONMAN Founder

Push yourself further than you ever thought possible and help us beat Mito

London To Paris Cycle 2020 (Tour De France Edition)

15 Jul 2020

£ from £149

This 5 day incredible cycle connects two of the world’s most chic capital cities! You will make your way through beautiful English villages and into the stunning countryside of rural France, passing historical landmarks and famous battlefields until you reach Paris – which is undoubtedly one of the most magical places on earth .

Norwich 10km

Norwich - 19 Jul 2020


Run Norwich is the Community Sports Foundation's annual 10-kilometre road race taking place in the heart of Norwich's beautiful and historic city centre.

South West Coast Coast Challenge 2020

25 Jul 2020

£5-£198 depending on sign up option

New for 2020 - It's 100km from Minehead in Somerset on the south bank of the Bristol Channel, down to seaside Dawlish on the southern coast of Devon, with some ups & downs of Exmoor and the meandering Exe Valley in between With Half and Quarter challenges also available there is something for all abilities.

York 10km

York - 2 Aug 2020


"The York 10K offers a rare chance to run through the heart of this wonderful city. The route starts and finishes in Knavesmire Road close to York Racecourse and takes in some of the city’s historic gems including the ancient city walls, Clifford’s Tower and the minster.

Dundee Kiltwalk

Dundee - 16 Aug 2020

£12.80 - £31.69

The legendary Kiltwalk returns to St Andrews to Dundee in 2020, and you can sign up and be a part of it right now! Why not get a team of friends, family or colleagues together and take a scenic in support of The Lily Foundation? There are three walks of varying lengths to choose from, and this year all charities taking part will receive a 50% boost on top of their fundraising tota

Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 2020

16 Aug 2020

Fundraising pledge: £350

Celebrating the legacy for cycling created by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, with guaranteed Lily places, this iconic cycling event is not one to be missed.

Go Swim Loch Lomond

Loch Lomond - 29 Aug 2020

£ from £30 depending on distance

Whether it’s your first time, or you’re looking for your next adventure, get out of the pool and take the plunge with Go Swim!

World famous Loch Lomond is our venue – a truly spectacular location in the shadow of the mighty Ben Lomond. We are working closely with the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and have their full support.

Isle of White Challenge 2020

Isle of Whute - 5 Sep 2020

£5-£198 depending on sign up option

Great challenges need great settings - and none are better than the Island's coastal path. 2,000 adventurers will take on the Isle of Wight in May next year - and all out to push themselves further.

It's along the spectacular southern cliffs, past the iconic Needles and up to historic Cowes at the half way stop. For Full Island challengers it's on to historic Ventno

Edinburgh 5km 2020

Edinburgh - 5 Sep 2020


The EMF 5K is a great start to your running journey and a chance to be part of the biggest running festival in Scotland. Starting and finishing near EMF Hub at Dynamic Earth, this beautiful scenic route takes you around Holyrood Park in the heart of Edinburgh. The route offers stunning views of Edinburgh Castle and panoramic views of the city.

Tough Mudder North West

Cholmondeley Castle, Chesire - 5 Sep 2020

£ from £49 depending on course

The Muddiest of all the events, join Team Lily and show you are tough enough to take on this epic challenge in 2020. As well as the classic 8-10 mile event there is also a 5km and 8-10 Competitive course. You can also compete on the 6th September too.

Edinburgh Marathon

Edinburgh - 6 Sep 2020


Fast & flat, this course was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, ideal if it’s your first marathon or you are looking for a PB. The Edinburgh Marathon has sold out every year since 2008 and is the second largest marathon in the UK, behind only London.

Simply Health Great Manchester Run 2020

Manchester - 6 Sep 2020


Experience a running event like no other on the streets of Manchester and remember, no matter how you get to the start-line, the North West runs together. The event is known for its buzzing atmosphere, incredible supporters and the booming anthems that rock the city's streets.

Cardiff 10k 2020

6 Sep 2020


Due to the popularity of the race we have increased capacity for 2020, but we expect to sell out again so make sure you enter early to avoid disappointment

Simply Health Manchester Half 2020

Manchester - 6 Sep 2020


Experience a running event like no other on the streets of Manchester and remember, no matter how you get to the start-line, the North West runs together. The event is known for its buzzing atmosphere, incredible supporters and the booming anthems that rock the city's streets. 

Edinburgh Half Marathon

Edinburgh - 6 Sep 2020


Fast & flat, the Edinburgh Half Marathon follows the marathon course which was voted the fastest marathon in the UK by Runners World, ideal if it’s your first half marathon or you are looking for a PB. The Edinburgh Half Marathon has sold out every year since 2012 and is one of the largest half marathons in the UK.

Thames Path Challenge 2020

12 Sep 2020

£5-£198 depending on sign up option

Take on the Thames Path Challenge following England's greatest river. Most will walk, many will jog, some will run, and all have special reasons to push themselves.. The full Thames Path Challenge is 100km , but with 50km and 25 km distances there is something for everyone

Thames Bridges Trek 2020

12 Sep 2020

£5-£79 depending on sign up option

Join 2000 trekkers as we venture across the Capital taking in unrivalled views of the skyline from its best vantage points. This 25km challenge is perfect for the whole family!

Great North run 2020

Newcastle - 13 Sep 2020

Fundraising pledge: £300

We have Guaranteed Lily Places for this iconic event!
The Great North Run  is the largest half marathon in the world and is celebrating its 40th Birthday in 2020. So this is the year to join this event where participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields.

Edinburgh Kiltwalk

Edinburgh - 13 Sep 2020

£6.00 - £30.00

Take a breezy stroll around the historic streets of Scotland's capital city in support of The Lily Foundation! There are three walks of varying lengths to choose from, and this year all charities taking part will receive a 50% boost on top of their fundraising total. Don't miss this fantastic chance to represent Lily and support people affected by mitochondrial diseases!

London to Paris Cycle 2020

16 Sep 2020

£ from £125

This iconic 4 day London to Paris Cycle will take you from the heart of London through beautiful English villages and into the stunning countryside of rural France before you reach Paris and end your challenge under the Eiffel Tower! You will make friends for life and go on an incredible adventure which will stay with you forever.

My Mito Miles 2020

Where ever you are! - 19 Sep 2020


My Mito Miles is a great way to get fit for a good cause. Whether you run, ride, row or simply walk laps around your garden, every mile you cover will be helping to bring positive change to the lives of people with mitochondrial diseases. Our aim is to reach a total of 24,901 miles, (40,074 km) – a circumnavigation of the world

Jurassic Coast Challenge 2020

19 Sep 2020

£5-£198 depending on sign up option

16/ 17 May 2020
Join 2,000 adventurers of all experience levels & ages and Walk, Jog or Run the spectacular Jurassic Coast - a World Heritage Site. You can choose from 25km to 100km so there is something for everyone.

CHANGE - Tough Mudder London West is being combined with London South

Holmbush Estate, West Sussex - 19 Sep 2020

£ from £55 depending on distance

Are you "Tough Enough" to help us beat Mito? Join Team Lily at challenging but amazing event and become part of the Tough Mudder Club. 8-10 mile and a 5km course are available.

Spartan Scotland

Hopetoun Estate, South Queensferry - 19 Sep 2020

£ from £55 depending on course

Gritty. Resilient. Passionate. Spartans aren’t soft. Spartans overcome obstacles and Spartans burpee.

Join the Spartan Movement and help us beat Mito!Three distances are available - The Spartan Sprint (5K/20 obstacles), the Spartan Super (10K/ 25 obstacles) and Spartan Beast (Half Marathon/ 30 obstacles).. There is even a kids race. Races also available on the 20th Septmeber

Reigate 5km

Reigate, Priory Park - 20 Sep 2020

£18 and £12 for the Kid's Race

This 5km race is a fully closed, single-lap route starting and finishing in Reigate’s beautiful Priory Park and the Kid's Race is a fun and enjoyable 1.1 mile race which starts in the Event Village,

Deep River Rock Belfast City Marathon

Belfast - 20 Sep 2020


The Belfast City Marathon moves into it’s 39th year in 2020. There is an event to suit all levels of fitness on Sunday 3rd May including a Marathon Run, Wheelchair Race, Team Relay, Walk and Fun Run.

Chiltern 50 Challenge 2020

26 Sep 2020

£5-£119 depending on sign up option

This ‘end of season’ 50km looped route covers some of the best of the Chilterns countryside. You can Walk, Jog, or Run along historic trails and over rolling hills. Starting & finishing at our Base Camp in Henley-on-Thames, there's a Saturday night celebration BBQ & entertainment with camping options.

WAR (Warrior Adreneline Race) 2020

Woodhall Estate, Hertford - 26 Sep 2020


The Obstacle Course Race that brings you out of your comfort zone and leaves you with an unforgettable experience. Whatever your age or fitness level, we cater for all abilities, with 3 different courses.

Junior 5km, 5km, 10km and 20km options are available so there is something for everyone!

Great Scottish Run 2020

Glasgow - 4 Oct 2020


The 10k course is a shorter adaptation of the half marathon but shares many of the key landmarks with the longer route. Starting in George Square in the centre of the city, 10k runners will cross the River Clyde and pass iconic landmarks and buildings including The Hydro, The Finnieston Crane and Pacific Quay as they make their way toward the McLellan Arch and the finish line in G

Cardiff Half Marathon 2020

Cardiff - 4 Oct 2020


Take part in one of the UK's biggest and best road races on an iconic course around Wales' capital city.

Royal Parks 2020

11 Oct 2020

Fundraising pledge: £350

We have guaranteed places for this event, so would love you to join our Lily team! We provide cheering squads on the day and welcome you and your supporters to the pub we hire for a post-race celebration.

Oxford Half Marathon 2020

Oxford - 11 Oct 2020

Fundraising pledge: £250

We have guaranteed places at this Half Marathon. So join our first Team Lily and help us find that cure!
The route is flat so ideal for first timers or seasoned runners looking for a PB.
Come and be part of something really special in 2020

Gatwick Half Marathon

Crawley - 18 Oct 2020


Help us fight for a cure and run this British Airways event !

Paris Marathon

Paris - 18 Oct 2020

£ from £199 per person

The 2020 Paris Marathon will take place on Sunday 5 April, 2020. Your running journey will start on one of the world’s most famous streets, Les Champs Elysées and then take you on a truly spectacular journey through the City of Light. This grand, international city marathon attracts over 40,000 runners each year. We offer city centre Paris hotel stays with guaranteed entry.

Great South Run 2020

Southsea - 18 Oct 2020


Experience the south coast’s best 10 mile event and celebrate everything that's great about Portsmouth. If you're looking for a PB, this flat and fast course is the perfect choice for your greatest victory.

Tandem Skydive

Imagine standing at the edge of an open doorway in an aircraft flying at 10,000 feet - the noise of the engines and the wind ringing in your ears with only the outline of distant fields below. Now imagine leaning forward out of that doorway and letting go - falling forward into the clouds, skydiving down through the air as you start free falling at over 120mph! Find out more here

Static Skydive

Want to take part in something that will really get your adrenaline pumping? Well whilst supporting our charity you can learn how to make a parachute jump – just like the professionals! This challenge is over 2 days ending with you performing a solo jump from up to 3,000 feet using a modern square parachute canopy.. Find out more here.

Accelerated Free Fall Solo Skydive

This is the real thing and should only be undertaken by those who really want to learn what skydiving is all about!! Learning to skydive solo is a big challenge and you will start with a full day's training including practical and classroom sessions covering all areas of making a solo skydive from 10,000 feet! Find out more here.

Bungee Jumps

This high octane, one-off event is really great for those who only have a small amount of time available. There are no gruelling marathon-training schedules to stick to, no weekend-long treks – you only need to commit to fundraising and the jump itself. With multiple locations across the UK, find out more here.

Velocity Zip Wire

Prepare for a truly unique and exhilarating experience; the fastest zip line in the world. Soar over Penrhyn Quarry where you could travel at speeds of over 100mph while you take in the breathtaking views and feel the freedom of flight. Find out more here.