Marrakech Marathon 2025


your run, your impact, your journey

Join us as we visit the blessed and captivating lands of Morocco and participate in a highly rewarding fundraiser that will impact the lives of many for generations to come. Everyone over 18 years old, convert or not is welcome to join.

  • Historical Mosques
  • Breakfast included
  • Stunning landscapes and scenery
  • 4*/5* hotels
  • Airport transfers
  • Socialising and discussions
  • Shopping
  • Delicious cuisine and vibrating culture

Please note that your place will be secured after filling in the registration form and making the full payment. You will be responsible for your own flights and visas to Marrakech.

Dates: 24th January – 27th January 2025
Location: Marrakech, Morocco

Registration Fee: £205 for half marathon and £215 for full marathon.
(inc; 4* BB Hotel, Airport Transfers, Race Entry, Medal)

– 5* Hotel upgrade: £110
– 4*Single room: £75
– 5*Single room: £135
– Quad Biking: £35

Minimum Fundraising Goal: £1,000

Download the full information pack (PDF).

additional information


You will be sharing a double room with another person of the same sex unless you pay either £75 or £135 for a single room.

Participants will be staying at a 4/5-star hotel around the Hivernage area in Marrakech, close to the race starting line. The exact hotel for groups will be announced closer to the event.


You are responsible for arranging your own flights. Airport transfers to and from the airport to the hotel are part of a group pickup; you must ensure you are with a group on your flight. Pick-up and drop is only available on flights between 10:00 and 21:00 (outside of these hours an additional fee will be due).

Travel insurance is not included. You must have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining on it. Please check with the Moroccan embassy for visa requirements.

Health and Fitness

If you have any medical conditions, such as joint problems, heart problems etc., you should consider whether this challenge is right for you. If you have any concerns, we recommend speaking with your GP before booking.

You will need to be comfortable running or walking a several miles. If not, we recommend that you train for the half marathon, either by running or walking a few times a week so that you are prepared for the length of this challenge – after all, it is a challenge!

New Beginnings assumes no liability for any injury caused during the marathon or trip.

Over-the-counter medicines and medical clinics are widely available in Marrakech.


Payment will be made via bank transfer with the reference “marathon” to:

New Beginnings
Sort Code: 309090
Account Number: 45983560

An example of a 5* hotel package as a single room with a half marathon and quad biking:

Half marathon: £205
5* upgrade: £110
Single Room: £135
Quad Biking: £35
Total: £485

An example of a shared twin room 4* hotel package with a full marathon:

Full marathon: £215
Total: £215

Refunds generally cannot be given once your place is reserved, if you cannot make it, then we encourage you to find someone else to fill your space.


We cannot accommodate children; if you wish to bring children, you are responsible for all arrangements.


Heritage Muslim spouses can come too, they must register individually mentioning the name of their spouse. A twin/double room will be booked for them.


You are responsible for your own visas and flights. Please ensure that your passport has at least 6 months remaining before the date of travel.


If you cancel for any reason, we cannot guarantee a refund. We encourage you to try and find someone else to take your space. If we have a waiting list, we will most certainly try and offer your space to others.

Optional Excursion

Quad biking (single bike) in the Palmeraie, Marrakech is added as an option for an additional £35 per person. The bus normally leaves at 4:30 pm (30 minutes travel time) and returns at 6:45 pm
This is not suitable for children under 18 years old.


The minimum target is £1,000. The best method is always to speak to family and friends directly about the cause and tell them why it matters to you. We will create individual pages for you using the GiveBrite platform.


Full Marathon Distance: 42.2km/26.2 miles

Half Marathon Distance: 21.1km/13.1 miles

The Marrakech Marathon has long been considered one of the world’s most prestigious marathons. Following a single route around the city, you’ll run alongside over 12,000 runners from around the world between 12th-century castle walls, through the Menara gardens and on roads lined with palm trees. You will be part of a group and will receive a full briefing on-site from the organisers. The 35th edition of the marathon will take place on Sunday 26th January.

Your entry fee and medal are included in the price. Your race number will be delivered to your hotel.

The average time for the half marathon is usually around 3 to 4 hours; the average time for the full marathon is around 6 hours. However, if this is your first race, we would encourage you to do your best and focus on yourself and complete the race to the best of your ability rather than the average times.

For the more experienced runners, let’s work together on beating your PB for a great cause!

Half Marathon start time: 9.30am
Full Marathon start time: 8.30am
Start point: Avenue de la Menara
End point: Behind Sofitel Hotel

There are no toilets on the route. There will be water stations with bottled water on route every 5km but no electrolyte drinks or gels etc. This also applies at the finish where bottled water and oranges are usually distributed.

Please ensure that you bring adequate clothing for the run. Do not attempt to complete the marathon in jeans, slippers, thick layers or regular trainers.

Emergency Contacts

Rumela Bandyopadhyay

New Beginnings


07378 343 047

Eileen Imrie

Morocco Memories


07778 841 780

Rachid Afouzar

Morocco Memories


07517 662 724

Beyond the Shahadah

Beyond the Shahadah

Embark on a heartfelt journey of support for new Muslims in the UK and beyond. Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with inspiration, laughter and community as we come together to strengthen bonds, and prepare our hearts for Ramadan.

Indulge in a delightful 3-course meal, enjoy live entertainment, and gain a real insight into the journey of conversion in the UK.


Faraz Yousufzai as your host
– Heart-moving performances by Omar Esa
– Vibrant and lively performances by Moroccan-inspired nasheed artists Ouijdane Sama Group
Ali Official, the renowned comedian, will have you in stitches!
– Enlightening and informative presentations and stories from Shaykh Bilal Brown and Imran Rahim
– Messages of support from prominent convert scholars in the UK and abroad

Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute to a noble cause and be part of an evening that goes beyond the shahadah, reaching new beginnings for many.

This event is open to all.

Date: Friday 1st March 2024
Time: 6.30 pm – 10 pm
Venue: Werneth Suite
79 Manchester Road, Oldham, OL8 4LN
Cost: £10 earlybird, £15 after 10/02/24 (£20 on the door)

Under-2s go free.

Dedicated seating area for families.

Spaces are limited.

Sponsored by:   

100 Sparks

100 Sparks


be a leader; seek out 5 sparks to raise £400 each

  • We’ll set up your fundraising pages and supply all promotional material to help your team reach its target
  • Every member of your team will receive an NB tote bag & t-shirt


  • The leading group win VIP tickets at the New Beginnings Eid party; each member will receive a £25 gift voucher*


fundraise £400 this Ramadan and help a new Muslim’s journey in Islam

  • We’ll set up your fundraising page and supply all promotional material to help you reach your target


  • The top fundraiser will receive a weekend break for two*
  • Second place will receive a £50 gift voucher*


make a one-off donation

This can support the journey of a new convert to Islam, before, during, and after the shahadah. A year of free education, Eid parties, social events, and counselling

This can provide education and mentorship after the shahadah.

Facilitate the shahadah and provide a welcome pack and certification

The most beloved actions to Allah ﷻ are those that are consistent, even if they are small

*Terms and conditions apply.


Join us and be a part of something special. The landscape in the UK and abroad is changing; more and more people daily are accepting Islam as their way of life. We need your help and support to make their journey and transition a smooth and positive one. Be a bright spark for the community and get involved by registering below.


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