The world's largest annual fundraising event will be celebrating it's 40th year in 2020 - secure your place today.
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. 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.
Making a real difference to cancer patients, both now and in the future.
The Christie charity is committed to revolutionising the fight against cancer by funding world reaching research, treatment and care, education and additional support services.
Patients are at the heart of everything we do and that's why The Christie charity is committed to continually improving the patient experience. Thanks to charitable support, we are able to provide a range of enhanced services in superb facilities over and above that which can be provided from NHS funding. Furthermore, this helps us to attract world-class clinicians and scientists who wish to work at The Christie for the benefit of all our patients.
Thanks to our world-reaching cancer research and ground-breaking treatments, more and more of our patients are going to beat cancer. In fact, cancer survival ratese have doubled in the last 40 years. But much of our pioneering, life-saving work is only possible with donations from the good people of the North West and all our supporters across the UK.
With your support, we can carry our more research, give more people the very best treatment and care - and save even more lives.
Registered no: 1049751.
Dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children.
NDCS work in the UK and worldwide to provide support on childhood deafness and campaign for the rights of deaf children. With a vision of a world with no barriers for deaf children, £12.50 could fund 20 minutes helpline support where a family who have just found out that their baby is deaf or £102 could provide four sign language classes a year for parents in Kenya to communicate with their deaf child for the first time.
Registered no: 1016532.
Secure your place for £25
No child should grow up to be poor or lonely just because they are blind
The Royal Society for Blind Children supports blind and partially sighted children and young people across England and Wales, where there are estimated to be 36,000. This charity helps them to build friendships, independence and to fulfil their potential and supports their families too.
With four more children diagnosed with sight loss every day, the charity needs support from people like you to continue their work.
Registered no: 307892.
Funding medical research projects to secure a future without prostate cancer.
One man dies every 45 minutes in the UK and 250,000 die each year worldwide from prostate cancer. The Prostate Cancer Research Centre are focussed on advanced life-threatening prostate cancer to improve survival rates, find new treatments and ultimately a cure.
Money you raise contributes to the cost of laboratory equipment for stem cell research or supporting the salary of the lead scientist researching the spread of prostate cancer.
Registered no: 1156027.
Transforming young lives forever through travel and real adventure.
Where you go changes who you become. Every child deserves a chance to discover, explore and grow. Together we can turn isolation into exploration, adversity into adventure and fear into freedom.
Amazing places to stay and unique opportunities to explore are how YHA makes this happen - bringing love and care of the countryside, appreciation of cultural values and promoting health, recreation and education.
Registered no: 306122.
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.
Caring for the eight Royal Parks in London for everyone to enjoy.
Every year millions of tourists and Londoners visit the eight Royal Parks free of charge - giving opportunity for exploration, enjoyment and healthy living in the heart of the city.
Walks, picnics, sport, entertainment, education and community projects take place throughout the year in the 5000 acres of parkland.
The parks offer fascinating insight into London's heritage, history and architecture with hundreds of buildings, statues and memorials to be admired.
We manage these spaces and almost everything in them. We conserve the parks to ensure future generations can enjoy them too.
Registered no: 10016100.
Providing free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally.
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive.
Registered no: 1114748.
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.
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.
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.
Help us be there for young people who need us.
Around seven young people aged between 13 and 24 are diagnosed with cancer every day in the UK. We’re the only charity dedicated to providing expert care and support from the moment they hear the word cancer. We treat them as young people first, cancer patients second and everything we do aims to improve their quality of life and chances of survival.
Registered no: 1062559.
We exist to save lives and rebuild futures by funding research, raising awareness and providing support.
The ultimate aim of Meningitis Now is that no-one in the UK loses their life to meningitis and families affected get the support they need. Over a 30-year history, they have invested over £12m in research, contributing to five vaccines which have saved many lives.
You can help continue their research and support services; £10 can help get over 300 signs and symptoms cards out to increase awareness or £50 could pay for an hour of counselling, providing emotional support for someone affected.
Registered no: 803016.
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.
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.
Living for today, creating memories for tomorrow.
Providing care and support to children and young people who are at risk of death because of a life-limiting or life-threatening health condition.
We deliver clinical care, short breaks and other residential services to children and young adults, while supporting their families through things like counselling and bereavement support. With a focus on living for today, we also offer a fun activities for all the family to enjoy.
Registered no: 1059029.
We support people with dementia in Scotland to make sure nobody faces dementia alone.
Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s national dementia charity providing a 24-hour helpline, dementia resource centres and advisors whilst also funding vital research. Every £9.38 raised can pay for an hour of support from their Freephone Dementia Helpline; £100 could help their Community Activity Organisers run a group like Music Memories or £880 could fund a day of dementia research.
Registered no: SC022315.
Together we will defeat meningitis and septicaemia.
Meningitis Research Foundation is a leading UK and international charity that brings together people and expertise to defeat meningitis and septicaemia wherever it exists.
Meningitis is fast acting and devastating. It can kill an otherwise healthy person within 24 hours and kills 1 in 10 people who contract it. Meningitis Research Foundation fund research into the prevention, detection and treatment of meningitis and septicaemia, provide life-saving awareness information and support people who have lost a loved one or are coping with after effects.
Registered no: 1091105.
We’re the Parkinson’s support and research charity. Help us find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.
Around one UK adult in every 350 is diagnosed with Parkinson's, a progressive brain condition that can affect movement, sleep, memory and mental health.
Parkinson's UK funds ground-breaking research into a cure and new treatments, campaigns for better awareness and provides support to people affected by Parkinson's.
You can help raise funds where £20 funds an hour of specialist nursing care, £48 funds a clinical researcher for two hours or £140 pays for ten helpline advisers to provide advice and information.
Registered no: 258197.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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