Your best chance to run in the

Virgin Money London Marathon

on Sunday April 22, 2018...

...could be via one of our charities

More people than ever before - 328,000 in fact - applied for a coveted Marathon place in the 2018 Public Ballot, which closed in the first week of May. If you missed the Ballot and want to run, read on. But even if you entered the ballot, your chances of gaining a place are slimmer than ever before. So while awaiting the Ballot results in early October, you too need CRunCH...

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 around 1,000 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 £1,200 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 around £15 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: 2018 ballot entrants will have a 1-in-20 chance of being offered a place in next April's race.

Applied via CRunCH before?

Please note: If you have used the CRunCH system in the past but are making a new application for 2018, 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 Money London Marathon Bobath Centre Dockland Settlements London