The Virgin Money London Marathon

The 2020 London Marathon – The 40th Race – Thank you

We would like to say a huge WELL DONE and THANK YOU to all of our runners and walkers who completed their Virtual London Marathon on Sunday 4th October. The weather may have been wet and windy for a lot of you but it certainly didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. We saw so many positive and inspirational posts over social media as well as so much coverage of our team on the TV yesterday – well done! It really has been an incredible journey and we are thrilled that we had so much support out there on the day.

London Marathon 2021 ballot has now closed.

You can still support our team.  Please text RUN to 70007 to donate £3 to help fund life-saving research.

Covid-19 has meant it wasn’t possible for the London Marathon to go ahead in the way that it has every year since 1981.

Normally bringing us over £3 million worth of donations a year, the Virgin Money London Marathon is Children with Cancer UK’s largest single fundraising event. We were, of course, extremely disappointed that the Marathon didn’t take place as planned this year.

Text RUN to 70007 to donate £3 to Children with Cancer UKSadly, this large loss in income will greatly impact the work that we are able to support both this year and beyond. Charities across the UK have seen levels of donations decline as a result of COVID-19. While in response, charities such as ours are being innovative in the way in which we fundraise, it’s clear that the charity sector needs further support from the Government.

Due to the cancellation of major fundraising events like the London Marathon, we are facing an income loss of around 40%. A large proportion of our donations goes towards research into the causes of childhood cancer and discovering kinder, less toxic treatments – this is crucial to support the 12 children and young people diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK.

You can still support our team. Please text RUN to 70007 to donate £3 to help fund life-saving research.

Location & Date

  • London
  • October 3, 2021

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The London Marathon – Your Way

Virgin Money London Marathon Email header 750x400 (1)For the first time ever, we invited our London Marathon team, as well as any ballot place runners, to run the ‘London Marathon Your Way’, joining up to 45,000 runners up and down the UK – and across the world.

The virtual 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon took place on Sunday 4 October. Our team had 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds (from 00:00 to 23:59:59 BST) to complete the 26.2 miles, in whichever way they chose – by running, walking or jogging – making the event the most inclusive London Marathon ever.

Well done and thank you to our team!

Enter the 2021 Ballot

The ballot for the Virgin Money London Marathon, taking place on Sunday 3rd October 2021 is now open. The ballot will remain open for six days to give everyone who’d like to enter a fair chance to do so. The ballot will close at 5pm on Friday 9 October and the results will be announced in January.

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London Marathon 2019

Thank you to our 2019 team

View photos here

Congratulations to our team of more than 1,200 runners who went the extra mile to help more children ring the end of treatment bell. Thanks to you we can support children with cancer so that they can be with their families for longer.

Our 200-mile runner

Simon Benbow, father-of-two and cancer survivor, tackled a 200-mile run from Nantwich to London, all before running in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for Children with Cancer UK. ITV Granada interviewed Simon before he set off from Nantwich.

Watch here  Credit: Granada Reports