Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and London Marathon Events announce new competition for young architects

* Opportunity to design the Mile Marker at the 18-mile point of the Virgin Money London Marathon

* Design to celebrate the life and legacy of Stephen Lawrence, who was 18 when he was murdered in 1993

On the day of Stephen Lawrence’s birthday (13 September) London Marathon Events Ltd and the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust have announced an exciting new competition for aspiring young architects to design the Mile Marker for the 18-mile point on the course of the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. The winning entry will be seen by all 40,000 runners in the marathon and millions worldwide who watch the race on television.

Stephen Lawrence was a talented runner and wanted to train to be an architect. He was a member of Cambridge Harriers running club and competed in the Mini London Marathon in 1988. The 25th anniversary of his murder coincided with the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon and a team of ten runners – Stephen’s Team – ran to raise funds for the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust. The Trust works with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping them to enter and succeed in the career of their choice.

The 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 28 April, shortly after the inaugural national Stephen Lawrence Day on Monday 22 April. Stephen’s Team will again be running.

The competition is aimed at Part 1 undergraduates and recently qualified Part 1 architectural assistants and applicants can enter either as individuals or as a team of four. Applicants will be able to register for the competition and download the entry pack at from early October.

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon Events Ltd, said: “We are proud to support the work of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust through this competition which offers young architects a high profile design opportunity at the world’s greatest marathon and celebrates Stephen’s legacy in the first year of the inaugural Stephen Lawrence Day.”

Sonia Watson, Chief Executive of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust said ‘This is a very exciting and rare opportunity for architecture students to have their work seen by audiences across the world. It is also great way to celebrate the first Stephen Lawrence Day, bringing together his passion for architecture and design with his love of running. We are excited to see the designs that entrants come up with.’


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