Enjoy the virtual London Marathon, at your own pace, on your own terms
Get a charity place
Registration for the virtual London Marathon is £10 and we ask that you raise a minimum of £150.
Have your own place?
If you’ve already bought your place at the virtual London Marathon, we would love to welcome you to the team as an own place runner.
Why you should run virtually with NSPCC
With national lockdowns, school closures and changes to important services in the past year, many children have felt anxious and isolated. Others have been forced to stay in homes that aren’t always happy or safe. By taking part in the virtual London Marathon, you can help us make 2021 a better year for children.
We’ll help you get race-ready by giving you:
- essential training tips and tailored support from our training partners
- your own London Marathon finishing medal and t-shirt
- fundraising support and tips to help you smash your £150 target
- the opportunity to take part in this iconic marathon running event
- a chance to do something amazing for children.
Whether you want a charity place, or already have your own place for the Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon, you can sign up to join #TeamNSPCC.
We also need runners for the Virgin Money London Marathon in London!
How to get a place in the Virtual London Marathon
Whether you're taking a charity place or have your own place in the Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon, you can join by clicking one of the links above.
Set up your fundraising page, then start fundraising! You can make your own donation to kick start your page. £28 is the cost of your place and could pay for five calls to our helpline to support an adult who’s worried about a child.
- Plan your challenge out
Will you be running smaller distances throughout the day and taking breaks, or setting out to walk the full marathon in one go? Remember to plan in points to refuel with food, water or gels if you use them.
- Post about it
Share your virtual marathon experience on social media using #TeamNSPCC. You can also use our GIPHY stickers on Instagram by searching 'NSPCC' in the GIF section on your stories.
“The day included terrific highs and lows, what kept us going was the cheers from complete strangers and our family and friends. You finish and you wonder 'How did I do that?’. Best feeling ever!”
“The wind and rain didn’t stop me achieving my goal! It was great to take the marathon at my own pace and loved having my own personal finish line.. made by my mum.”
"We loved running together! We battled through the wind and rain, but knowing we were doing it for an amazing charity made it all worthwhile.”
How your fundraising makes a difference
Childline has delivered an average of around 17,000 counselling sessions a month since the first national lockdown began. Sadly, home isn’t a safe place for every child, but Childline can be their lifeline.
“I really want to get out of the house and be somewhere safe and happy. I’m scared that my parents will get angry and hurt me more if I tell someone.”*
*Girl who contacted Childline.
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*This is a true story but photographs have been posed by a model.