Beat the odds! This is your chance to secure a Marathon place

The Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on

Sunday April 26, 2020

To maximise your chances of a place in the 2020 race, we recommend that you apply for a charity place in advance - just click on the shoe icon to the right.

The Public Ballot for 2020 places closed on May 3 and, as always, was massively oversubscribed. Typically entrants have around a 1 in 20 chance of a place. If you missed the Ballot, applying for a charity place is now your only route into the Marathon. But even if you are in the Ballot you should still apply – given the odds - for a charity place NOW. Do not wait until the results come out in October: our charities start offering places in June.

Quality over quantity!

When applying for a charity place, our rules remain the same: 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 to switch to another cause if you do not get a place with your first choice.

Please note that some of the information you see here, including pledge levels, may relate to VMLM19; this will be updated during May, when we will contact you if there have been changes.

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

Most of these runners would otherwise have missed the chance to take part : last year only around 5% of Ballot applicants gained a place via that route.

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.

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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