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Applications for the postponed

Virgin Money London Marathon

on Sunday October 4, 2020...

are now welcome

The 2020 Marathon, due to take place on its usual day at the end of April, was postponed to Sunday October 4 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Everyone who had a place for VMLM20 in April has been automatically “rolled over” to October. But there are people on many teams who can’t now run in October and charities are being allowed to re-recruit for a limited period. The final deadline for adding to teams is Friday July 10, though most charities will not usually want to recruit later than four months out from the event. This means that the key period, if you are keen to acquire a charity place in the October 4 event, is between early-May and mid-June.

Not all charities listed here are looking for new runners. Choose the one that appeals to you most and we will advise you about what’s available and whether we can offer alternatives under our unique Clearing House system.

If you are here because you are interested in applying for the 2021 event on April 25, please email info@crunch.org.uk with “VMLM2021” in the subject line and we will put you on a special advance application list. We will then advise you about the expected timetable for next year’s event and you will be first in line when applications open. Look out also for announcements from the Marathon about the Public Ballot, expected to open in early October.

How CRunCH works for you

CRunCH - the Charity Runners Clearing House - teams up people who want to run the Virgin Money London Marathon with charities that have guaranteed or “Golden Bond” places to offer. (We also match runners who have their own place via the Club system or the Public Ballot with the charity of their choice.)

If you have arrived here without a particular cause in mind, you can choose from a wide range of charities offering nearly 800 guaranteed places to people willing to raise sponsorship funds. If you have been directed here by your favourite charity, you will be taken straight to its application form when you click on the button to the right.

If selected, you will be asked to sign a Pledge Form committing to raise an agreed amount. Pledges this year range from £1,250 to £2,100, with most charities stipulating a minimum of £1500.

Since 1997, CRunCH has found places for many thousands of runners who together have raised in excess of £20 million pounds for good causes.

Most of these runners would otherwise have missed the chance to take part - and it's getting harder every year: there were 400,000 ballot entrants for 2020, which meant there was less than a 1-in-20 chance of being offered a place in the race.

Applied via CRunCH before?

Please note: If you have used the CRunCH system in the past but are making a new application for 2020, DO NOT sign in above at "ALREADY APPLIED" but start a completely new application by clicking on the shoe icon on the right. You can use the same email address but you MUST choose a new password. Choosing the same password as you used previously will invalidate your entry.

Quality over quantity!

You may only apply for one charity at a time. We will not consider multiple applications, so give one charity your best shot. The Clearing House facility means you have the opportunity switch to another cause if you do not get a place with your first choice.

Live in London? - Choose a local charity!

Many national charities are based in London, but not many focus their efforts solely on London. Sponsors will warm to a local cause, so take a look at these great LOCAL London organisations:
Ability Bow Virgin London Marathon Dockland Settlements London