Get ahead of the crowd and beat the odds…

The next Virgin Money London Marathon is on

Sunday October 3, 2021

(note the new autumn date)

To maximise your chances of a place in next year's delayed race, you should apply for a charity place in advance - just click on the shoe icon to the right.
But to increase your chances of success, we also recommend that you simultaneously enter the Public Ballot for VMLM21 while you can: the Ballot is open from Sunday October 4 to 5pm on Friday October 9, 2020. To do this, go to:

More than 400,000 UK runners applied via the Ballot for the last Marathon. This makes an early application for a charity place all the more advisable.
A special note about the 2021 VMLM
Following the cancellation of the 2020 event*, many of the runners signed up to run in April 2020 will automatically roll over to 2021. This means that there will be fewer places available across the board than in a normal year. It also means some of the charities listed here may be full or close to full by the time you apply. Choose the one that appeals to you the most and we will advise you about what’s available and, if necessary, what alternatives are available within our unique Clearing House system (see below).
*Runners accepted into the 2020 event who then took part in the “Virtual Marathon” on October 3 retain their right to a place in a future event. Participation in the virtual event has no bearing on a subsequent application for a real Marathon.

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 ranged 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 nearly £20 million for good causes.

Most of these runners would otherwise have missed the chance to take part - and it's getting harder every year.

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.

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