Get ahead of the crowd...
The Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on
Sunday April 22, 2018
To maximise your chances of a place in next year's race, we recommend that you apply for a charity place in advance - just click on the shoe icon to the right - and also that you enter the Public Ballot for VMLM18 when it opens on Monday May 1. To do this, go to
The ballot will stay open for five days, but will close at 5pm on Friday May 5.
In 2016, there were more than 250,000 applications for this year’s event. This makes an early application for a charity place all the more advisable.
Quality over quantity!
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 switch to another cause if you do not get a place with your first choice.
Please note that the information you see here, including pledge levels, relates to VMLM17; this will be updated during May, when we will contact you with further details.
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 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. Since 1997, CRunCH has found places for many thousands of runners who together have raised more than £15 million pounds for good causes.
Most of these runners would otherwise have missed the chance to take part: last year less than 10% 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 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.