Applications for the

Virgin Money London Marathon

on Sunday April 26, 2020...

have now closed

Unfortunately, you are now too late to apply for a 2020 Marathon place: final date for all entries was January 31 and no substitutions are allowed after that date, even if a charity suffers a dropout.

However, you are welcome to make an advance application for the 2021 event, but please note that all info on the site currently relates to 2020. For example, some charities may review their future pledge level. If you apply for a charity that does amend its terms and conditions, we will advise you as soon as the 2021 site goes live.

Charities will start offering places in VMLM21 from early June. Before then, we advise that you also try your luck in the Public Ballot, which opens immediately after the 2020 race. If you make an application via CRunCH, we will email Ballot details to you nearer the time.

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 ranged 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 where 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 2021, 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:
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