2021 Virgin Money London Marathon

Greenwich Park, London

Registration: £100

Join #TeamNSPCC

Did you get a place in the ballot?

If you were lucky enough to get a place in the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon ballot, we'd love to have you on #TeamNSPCC! As an own place runner there is no minimum fundraising target, we just ask that you raise what you can.

You'll get fundraising support, expert training advice and an NSPCC running vest.

I have a place!

Take on the iconic 2021 London Marathon

In the running world, it doesn't get much better than the unbeatable atmosphere of the Virgin Money London Marathon. Take on this iconic challenge with #TeamNSPCC on 03 October 2021.

Why take part?

  • Receive world class training tips and tailored support from our training partners.
  • Your own NSPCC running vest with iron on letters.
  • VIP treatment at our post-race celebration just minutes from the finish line with food, drink and a sports massage.
  • Lots of whoops and cheers from all our cheer points en route.
  • You’ll be doing something amazing for children.

Take a look at our photos from 2019! By joining us, you'll be fighting for every childhood and changing lives. That's what we call a personal best.

Before you apply, here's what you need to know

  • We ask all charity place runners to pay a £100 registration fee and commit to the minimum fundraising target of £2,200.
  • We get 3 applications for every place. We give places based on the quality of your application, especially the reasons you want to run for us and how you’ll reach the fundraising target. We don’t give places on a first-come first saved basis.
  • We only accept individual applications.
  • Registration fees are non-refundable. We are only able to provide a refund of the £100 registration fee if we reject your application for the Virgin Money London Marathon.
  • We aim to respond to all applications within three weeks. During February, when the ballot is announced, we see a high number of applications so it can take us a little longer during this time.

Sign up today

Registration is £100 and we ask that you raise a minimum of  £2,200.

Get your place now

"Thank you all so much for your amazing support before, during and after the London Marathon. It really was a truly memorable day and it had been a real privilege to run for #TeamNSPCC."
NSPCC Runner

Personalised training from Full Potential

Our expert trainers Full Potential are with you every step of the way on your running journey.

  • A plan to get you ready that's tailored to your experience, level of fitness and goals
  • Real coaches that you can email or call to get advice or reassurance that your training is going well
  • Training days where you come together with coaches and other participants
  • NSPCC Facebook and Strava groups to help you keep in touch with your team mates

Get started today with our dedicated running training zone.You'll find everything from injury prevention to nutrition advice.

Two women and a man training

"Full Potential were extremely helpful, always responding quickly to emails and were very encouraging! The training event was excellent."
NSPCC event participant

Fundraising ideas

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As the world is changing daily, so is the way people are fundraising and asking for sponsorship. We’re here to help you think of fundraising in a different and safe way during this time.

Did you know… Donations made via Just Giving and Virgin Money Giving are paid to the NSPCC once a week. This means that we can put every donation to use immediately – so we can continue to be there for children.

Here is our handy guide to how you might get your fundraising started during lockdown (and have fun at the same time!)

  • Online pub quiz - £100
    You don’t need to be at your local to hold a quiz, get online and use a video conference platform to host one instead. Ask individuals to donate in return for taking part. 
  • Hold an online class - £100
    You may be a teacher, fancy yourself as a fitness guru or can teach a musical instrument. If not why not reach out to friends and family to host a class on your behalf.
  • Have a clear out - £150
    Having a big sort out is great during anytime of the year. Sell your unwanted clothes and accessories online to rack up the cash.

You can also click here for our top tips on how to share your fundraising page during lockdown!


Email us on marathon@nspcc.org.uk with any questions or for any further information. We're here to support 9-5 Monday to Friday.

This event is run by London Marathon Events Ltd. For more details please check the website.