NEW Perennial Marathon Month announced for June 2019 – no training required!

Run, walk, skip (or whatever takes your fancy!) a marathon and help people in horticulture

To help mark our 180th anniversary, we’re excited to announce the Perennial Marathon Month, a new virtual fundraising event taking place throughout June 2019. We’re challenging people to complete a marathon within a month and the best part is, you can do it in a way that suits you. Whether you want to boost your fitness, or simply enjoy summer evenings by getting out of the house, the pressure’s off and you can set your own pace.

Chris Crooker, Events Manager at Perennial, says:

“We know how busy life can be, especially for people who work in horticulture, and it can be difficult to fit training and fundraising in to life’s many demands. But so many people tell us they would raise money for Perennial if they had the time. So we’ve created a virtual event that requires no training and can be done anytime during June in any way that suits you. What’s more you don’t have to be able-bodied to take part. It really is an event for everyone. Just sign up on our Marathon Month fundraising page, tell your friends and family about the challenge and how they can sponsor you, and then track your steps throughout June.”

Mike Ferguson, a senior gardener on a private estate in Surrey, has signed up already. He says:

“I’ve known about Perennial for years but I’ve never been able to take part in fundraising that I’ve been able to fit in around work and busy family life. The Marathon Month is perfect as I can track my steps over the course of the month, including while I’m at work, and it gives me the opportunity to ask friends and family to support the industry that I love.”

For people who want to get more competitive, the Perennial Marathon Month page has an in-built leaderboard that automatically tracks your progress when you plug in an exercise tracking app. Chris continues:

“We’re asking people to raise £180 but every penny raised helps us support people in horticulture who are dealing with life-changing events. As an example, £180 could help someone living with cancer reach their treatment sessions or it could help someone who has retired from horticulture heat their home.”

It’s easy to sign up. Just visit and ‘Start Fundraising’ or ‘Sponsor a Friend’ today.