Ballot closed! The London Marathon will be celebrating its 40th year in 2020 - secure your entry today with a charity place.
The Virgin Money London Marathon is one of the world’s greatest marathons, accepting 42,500+ entries a year and broadcasted live on television in over 200 countries around the world. Undoubtedly one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar for any runner and not one to be missed.
The mass start for the London Marathon will begin at 10:10am from Greenwich.
Starting in Greenwich and banked with supporters throughout, follow the iconic route taking in the breath-taking landmarks of London and finishing down the beautiful Mall.
Please click here to view the London Marathon course map
Participants can use the Official Virgin Money London Marathon app to gain access to event day and race week information. Spectators can use it to find and track runners during the race, keep track of split times, view results and more - all via the mobile app.
London Marathon weekend doesn't just have to be about the run - bring the whole family along and take a ride on the London Eye, pop over to London Zoo in Regent's Park or go and watch a West End show!
“Running the London Marathon was possibly the most rewarding experience of my life... I think I could achieve anything!” - Jane Francis, Haywards Health
"That was my first ever marathon and it was the most amazing experience. Thank you for enabling me to do it and give my support to such a worthy charity. Thank you!” - Emily, London
The 2020 London Marathon has received a world record 457,861 ballot entries. London Marathon ballot results will be announced during the week commencing Monday 7 October 2019. With only around 17,500 of these ballot entrants running on the day, the only way to guarantee yourself a place in the London Marathon is to obtain a charity place.
Not only would you have the added reward of raising funds for those less fortunate than yourself, running for charity is the best way to secure yourself a place in this oversubscribed favourite.
Secure your charity place and fundraise for your chosen cause - choose a charity below to get started.
Helping blind and partially sighted people break down the barriers of sight loss.
In the UK 250 people begin to lose their sight every day. RNIB offers help to blind and partially sighted people - practical, emotional, campaigning and reading services - with the aim of inspiring them to realise their potential.
Of money you raise £15 can help produce a book in braille for a child or £50 can help train a new sight loss adviser to provide much needed support.
Registered no: 226227.
Secure your place for £25
No child should grow up to be poor or lonely just because they are blind
Every day four children are diagnosed with sight loss. The Royal Society for Blind Children works to help blind and partially sighted children and young people across England and Wales to live without limits; through their national and local advisors, social and independence groups, forums and education facilities.
Money you raise can help them reach 11,000 children and young people by 2020.
Registered no: 307892.
The leading UK charity striving to beat multiple sclerosis.
MS can develop at any age and is for life. People in the UK are most likely to get a diagnosis in their thirties, but symptoms may be noticed years before. The MS Society aim to find a cure by conducting critical research and support people with MS through their campaigning, helpline and local community groups.
£10 of funds you raise could help them support someone calling the MS Helpline or £240 could help fund a short break for someone with MS.
Registered no: 1139257.
Providing information and support to lung cancer patients.
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is the only UK lung cancer charity dedicated to helping everyone affected by the disease.
Since 1990, when the charity was set up by Professor Ray Donnelly, we have funded millions of pounds of essential lung cancer research, looking for ways to detect the disease as early as possible and save lives.
We support everyone affected by lung cancer – from diagnosis, through treatment, living with the disease and end of life care. We raise awareness, prevent future generations from getting it and challenge the misconceptions of lung cancer. We do all this so those diagnosed can live well with lung cancer for as long as possible.
Registered no: 1046854.
Living for today, creating memories for tomorrow.
Richard House Children's Hospice provides palliative care to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across London, and support for their families.
With an aim of maintaining a happy and positive environment £25 you raise could pay a specialist music session enabling children with throat tubes to communicate through sound or £50 could help a family create a memory box or book.
Registered no: 1059029.
Challenging attitudes on mental health to help those affected by mental illness.
Rethink Mental Illness improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through a network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning with the goal of making sure everyone affected by severe mental illness has a good quality of life.
Mental health support groups and services take place all over the country. From peer to peer support, to an advice and information service, the aim is to ensure people are respected, listened to and get the right kind of support at the right time.
Let’s stamp out stigma and help people severely affected by mental illness together. Sign up to take on an event or challenge for Rethink Mental Illness.
Registered no: 271028.
Advice and support for older age.
Almost two million older people live in financial hardship in the UK, and unmet care needs and loneliness are an unbearable position for increasing numbers. Independent Age, founded over 150 years ago, aims to continue increasing their support visits and calls through their friendship services and campaigning to influence change on care issues.
Of funds you raise, £10 could help fund a friendship visit to a lonely older person by a fully trained volunteer and £20 could provide two hours of friendship calls to an isolated older person.
Registered no: 210729.
Supporting children and young people with terminal illnesses.
Delmelza offers specialist care and support to children and young people with a life-limiting condition across South East London, Kent and East Sussex together with their loved ones so they can enjoy their time left together as a family.
They are currently caring for around 750 families but with your help they would like to reach many more as every £100 raised helps to fund an evening of respite care.
Registered no: 1039651.
The UK's leading charity for children with brain injury.
Every year The Children's Trust helps hundreds of children and young people and their families from across the UK through a unique range of services including intensive residential rehabilitation programmes, expert nursing and medical care and special education.
Our aim is to help children with acquired brain injury, complex health needs and multiple disabilities live the best life possible. Your support will help fund building works, staff, equipment, leisure and play activities and much more!
Registered no: 288018.
Our vision is that everyone has a place to call home and can fulfil their hopes and ambitions.
As a homelessness charity and housing association our clients are at the heart of what we do. We provide a bed and support to more than 2,700 people a night who are either homeless or at risk, and work to prevent homelessness, helping about 25,000 people a year.
We support men and women through more than 300 projects including:
Registered no: 1149085.
To make this country a place where disabled people have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Scope is a disability equality charity providing practical information and emotional support through their helpline, online presence, employment services and community initiatives; whilst also campaigning to create a fair society for all.
Every £9 raised could pay for a call to our helpline or £25 could pay for the advice from a trained professional in their online community.
Registered no: 208231.
No one should have to face cancer alone.
Macmillan Cancer Support wants to make sure no one has to face cancer alone. A cancer diagnosis can change everything, so we're here to help you with anything from money worries to advice about work, healthcare options to just needing someone to talk to. We're a constant source of support to people affected by cancer and their families and carers.
As treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. We fund specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres to help provide cutting edge support.
We rely completely on our supporters to help us make sure that people facing the toughest fight of their lives don't have to do it alone.
Registered no: 261017.
Saving malnourished children's lives.
There is enough food in the world to feed everyone, and yet more than 2 million children die of malnutrition each year. Action Against Hunger is an international humanitarian organisation working in the world’s poorest countries to save lives amongst vulnerable populations to preserve and restore their livelihoods with dignity.
Your support can make a tangible and lasting difference to the lives of the children and families we support - from providing a community with access to clean, safe drinking water to supporting livelihoods programmes that will get families back on their feet and cultivating a stable food supply and income long after we are gone.
Registered no: 1047501.
We are the cancer prevention experts
World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF UK) is committed to cancer prevention through a healthy diet, nutrition and weight management. We provide people with the information they need to reduce their cancer risk and we were the first charity to link diet and cancer. Over the last 25 years we have made huge steps forward with our cancer prevention research, linking lifestyle factors to cancer risk. We are mostly funded by donations from the general public.
Registered no: 1000739.
Every childhood is worth fighting for.
The NSPCC specialises in child protection by changing UK laws, seeking to protect children at risk of abuse or supporting children that have been abused to rebuild their lives.
Around 90% of their income comes from public donations where just £3 could pay for their Speak out. Stay Safe programme to reach a child in primary school or £40 could pay to answer 10 Childline calls from children in need of help.
Registered no: 216401/SC037717.
As the nation's leading first aid charity, we want to teach everyone simple, life saving skills.
Lives shouldn't be lost because no one could give first aid when it was needed. We teach people first aid so that they make the difference between losing a life and saving one. We teach young people in schools, people in the workplace & people in the community. Our skilled volunteers offer their time at public events & back up to local ambulance services.
Registered no: 1077265/1.
Improving the quality of life for people with life-limiting conditions and helping them live life to the full to the very end.
We care for people affected by serious illness and support their families and carers. Our staff are experts in caring for people who have life-limiting conditions or who are coming to the end of their life. We provide care at the hospice and in the local community. Many of the people we care for have illnesses such as cancer, chronic lung disease, heart disease or neurological diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or motor neurone disease (MND) but many people have much rarer conditions. Each year, we provide palliative care and support to over 1,700 patients.
Registered no: 1113125.
Saving and changing children's lives through medical research.
Action Medical Research funds research to help thousands of sick and disabled babies and children in the UK. We have supported some of the most significant medical breakthroughs in recent history that have helped save and change children’s lives including the first UK polio vaccine, ultrasound scanning in pregnancy and discovering that taking folic acid in pregnancy helps prevent spina bifida. Whether you cycle, run or trek, we need you to help us save tiny lives.
Registered no: 208701.
Providing vital care to patients and families living with incurable illness.
Birmingham St Mary's Hospice provides personalised support and end of life care to people across Birmingham and Sandwell in the home, local community or at the hospice.
Their vision is where help is available to all individuals, families and carers across the community, wherever and whenever they need it and they plan to extend services to reach over 7,000 individuals by 2020.
Of funds raised £50 could provide someone with care in their own home, £250 could help fund emotional and practical support or £1500 could help a family create memories at their Family Centre.
Registered no: 503456.
Caring for the eight Royal Parks in London for everyone to enjoy.
The Royal Parks conserves and manages the eight Royal Parks for the millions of Londoners and tourists that visit free of charge every year, and for future generations. Covering over 5,000 acres, these London parks are spaces to enjoy for leisure, sport, entertainment, education, history and culture.
£25 could buy torches for volunteers to collect data on hedgehogs or £50 could help fund the laying of native hedgerow providing wildlife habitats.
Registered no: 10016100.
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