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Our charity partnership with Exeter City Community Trust

ELF is a charity partner to Exeter City Community Trust (ECCT), the community arm of Exeter City Football Club. As such, we are provided with a number of free places for ELF supporters to run in their calendar of events and fundraise for our vital patient services.

With events in 2023-24 ranging from a 2.5k family Santa Run at Christmas, a summer 10k, plus a Half and Full Marathon, there is a running event to suit every level of fitness. Suggested minimum fundraising targets differ for each event.

So please, dig out your trainers and make this the year that you run for ELF! 

The events:

  • Exeter Santa Run - 3rd December 2023. Whether you’re a seasoned Santa Run participant or a first-time runner, this event promises an unforgettable experience. With two distances available, a 2.5k family run and a 5k run, it’s an excellent opportunity for families to come together, celebrate the festive season and raise money for ELF. Free places available for ELF runners: Santa Run


  • Exeter Half Marathon - 10th & 11th February 2024. This two lap 13.1 mile course takes in the scenic route along Exeter’s historic Quayside and around the Riverside Valley Park. The Saturday event usually attracts club runners or those who have an estimated completion time of 2hrs or less. Sundays event is open to all with an extended maximum completion time of 3 hrs. Free places available for ELF runners: Half Marathon


  • The Granite Way - 10th March 2024. The Granite Way 10 & 20 miles running event takes runners along the Granite Way footpaths and cycleways outside Okehampton, with fantastic views of Dartmoor and the surrounding countryside. Free places available for ELF runners: Granite Way


  • Exeter Marathon & 5 mile event - 12th May 2024. This course is ideal for those tackling their first marathon as well as seasoned runners looking for a fast time. The event runs along a great, traffic-free, flat route along the footpath and cycle track of the River Exe and Exeter Canal. Free places available for ELF runners: Exeter Marathon


  • Exeter 10K River Run - 6pm Friday 28th June 2024. Open to runners of all abilities, this is the perfect follow on challenge if you have completed a couch to 5 km, or for those who are looking for a new distance but not quite ready for a half marathon. Free places available for ELF runners: River Run

To learn more or to register for any of the above running events, please contact ELF Development Manager Andy on 01392 712048 or email