Age 18 & over
Your dream of running the world's biggest ever marathon can come true!
Sign up for the Virtual TCS London Marathon, running 26.2 miles on your local roads and trails while earning the same medal that runners get in the capital! What's more, you don't even need to run it all in one go, so long as you log the full distance in 24 hours on the official app.
Gain access to live commentary from the race on the official app, with messages of support from famous faces spurring you on as you go!
Break it down into stages and enjoy regular comfort breaks, snacks and encouragement.
Choose to run a familiar loop on local roads or venture into the great outdoors for a trail marathon - the choice is yours.
You may be running on your own or with a few friends, but through the unique connection to tens of thousands of other people, every step you take has much greater significance.
Finishers will receive the official TCS London Marathon medal, which is exactly the same as the one awarded to runners in the capital!
The Virtual TCS London Marathon was held for the first time in 2020, when more than 37,000 runners, from all corners of the world, completed the race. The final finishing total of 37,966 means it has been awarded an official Guinness World Records title for the 'Most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours'.
You have the freedom to take on 26.2 miles your way, on the route of your choice, at any time from 00:00 to 23:59:59 BST on the day of the London Marathon.
You can do it with friends or on your own, from home or away, in stages or all at once – it’s up to you!
All participants must complete the 26.2 miles outside, not on a treadmill.
The Official TCS London Marathon App is full of fantastic features that help bring the marathon experience to life. Among many other things, virtual participants can use the Official App to log their 26.2 miles and earn their coveted medal.
Every year thousands of runners take part in this event and fundraise for charity. While this is hugely beneficial to the charities it gives the runner advantages too, from supporting a cause that is close to your heart to securing a place in the event and much more.
Committing to raising money for charity gives you motivation to get outside and run, plus all of these extras which will elevate your event experience:
Charities know that raising money is all part of the challenge, which is why they provide advice, branded materials and a personalised online fundraising page to help the donations roll in. Think videos for social media, branded imagery and testimonials from previous runners.
Whether this is your first run or your fifth, you'll need to train for it! You'll receive an in-depth training plan with guidance, plus many charities have access to expert coaches and elite runners too, who can provide exclusive tips for your race preparation. Experts include Runningwithus, Full Potential and five-time Olympian Jo Pavey!
When you begin your marathon challenge, people will see clearly that you're supporting a charity. Most charities will give you a branded and personalised t-shirt or vest to run in on the big day, and often a training top too.
You won't be the only person running for that charity, so it's well worth meeting other runners through the charity's invite-only social media pages! You can organise to meet up for training runs, chat with the charity's expert coaches and share tips and stories with each other to keep the motivation levels running high.
Charities buy places in this event, then give them to runners who agree to raise money for the charity – these are called charity places. Charity places are a great way to support a good cause and get a place in the event, especially if general entries are closed.
Marathon running and charity fundraising go hand-in-hand - which charity will you run for?
Completing the Virtual TCS London Marathon counts towards the London Classics!
The London Classics is an additional challenge which involves completing three of the toughest events London Marathon Events has to offer:
Conquer all three and you've conquered London - plus you'll receive the medal to prove it!