Run the 2018 London Marathon for Best Beginnings! Best Beginnings is building a team for the iconic Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 as one of the Heads Together charity partners, and we would love for YOU to run with us! If you don’t have a Ballot Place and want to join #TeamBestBeginnings please click here. If you already have a Marathon Place through the Ballot and want to join #TeamBestBeginnings click here. For more information about running for Best Beginnings read on. Why run for Best Beginnings? It is a fantastic and much sought after opportunity to join tens of thousands of regular people and the ranks of Paula Radcliffe and the Brownlee brothers in completing the course while helping us raise vital funds so we can continue to provide free resources to support families and health professionals. Best Beginnings was chosen to be part of the #HeadsTogether campaign because of the support and information we offer through our projects and resources, including our free Baby Buddy app created to support women to keep mentally and physically healthy during pregnancy and beyond. We had had 18 runners in #TeamBestBeginnings last year, most of whom are still in touch with each other and with us. We connected our runners via their own WhatsApp group and brought them together for tea at the House of Lords! We supported our team and our team supported each other with training and with fundraising, all the way to the finishing line. See the video below to get a flavour of Marthon Day itself. We have exciting plans for our 2018 Team and would love you to be part of it. If you already have a Marathon Place through the Ballot and want to join #TeamBestBeginnings click here. To find more about our work and plans watch the short film below and then read on to find out why supporting maternal mental health is so important. Seven out of 10 women will hide or underplay the severity of their perinatal mental health illness and so they will not receive the help and support they need. This can have devastating consequences. Tragically, suicide is the leading cause of death during pregnancy and the year after birth. Two in 10 women will develop a mental health illness during pregnancy and the year after birth. Yet, not all of these women will receive the support they require. We are working to change this by influencing policy, working with and training healthcare professionals and community champions, providing free resources to parents including Baby Buddy, raising awareness and funds and ending the stigma. You can find out more about our maternal mental health work and resources. Apply to join #TeamBestBeginnings today! If you don’t have a Ballot Place and want to join #TeamBestBeginnings please click here. On the form you’ll have the chance to tell us why you would like to run for us, how much you plan to raise for the charity and how you plan to raise the money. Our London Marathon Coordinator, Soumo Ghosh will give you a call within a week to talk things through with you. We aim to let everyone know if they are on #TeamBestBeginnings or on the Reserve List before the end of 2017. If you already have a Marathon Place through the Ballot and want to join #TeamBestBeginnings click here. If you would like to you can email Soumo with questions on: [email protected] or call him during office hours on 0207 443 7895. Together we can make a difference for future generations.