The world’s greatest marathon, from wherever you are – it’s your chance to do The 40th Race your way.
For the first time ever, we’ve invited participants to run the London Marathon their way, joining up to 45,000 runners up and down the UK – and across the world.
The virtual 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon will take place on Sunday 4 October and participants will have 23 hours 59 minutes and 59 seconds (from 00:00 to 23:59:59 BST) to complete the 26.2 miles, which they can choose to run, walk or jog – making the event the most inclusive London Marathon ever.
Please note: entry into The 40th Race is now closed
Coming soon, the Official 40th Race app, powered by TCS, will enable participants to log their 26.2 miles and earn the coveted Virgin Money London Marathon medal and New Balance finisher T-shirt.
As well as allowing them to track and log their run, the app will help bring the virtual experience to life, with an exclusive audio commentary featuring famous voices providing a memorable soundtrack to the day.
On the same day, the very best marathoners of all time, including Eliud Kipchoge, Kenenisa Bekele, Brigid Kosgei, Manuela Schär and David Weir, will race in a biosphere environment on a closed loop course around St James’s Park.
Sir Mo Farah will also run as a pacemaker for British hopefuls attempting to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Although The 40th Race will be run remotely, participants will still receive support and advice, both on event day and during the lead-up to it.
A huge range of support materials and training guidance from Virgin Money London Marathon experts is available on our website, via newsletters and on social media channels – including Facebook Live Q&A sessions.
In 2019, the Virgin Money London Marathon raised a world record £66.4 million for good causes. Current estimates are that the charity sector is facing a funding shortfall of £10 billion at a time when services are needed more than ever. This is why charities need your help!
Start fundraising today with Virgin Money Giving - they are 100 per cent not for profit so more money goes directly to your chosen charity. They’ll help you create a fundraising page, rally your friends and share your story.
Virgin Money Giving also have a fantastic Fundraising Hub packed full of tips, ideas and inspiring stories.
Taking part in the Virgin Money London Marathon, your way, also means participants can be creative with the challenge that lies ahead! Ideas include:
Being dropped 26.2 miles from home and running back to a hero’s welcome
Completing each mile with a different running buddy, sharing the challenge with friends and family
Getting together with a group of friends to walk the 26.2miles together
Creating a unique course that visits the homes of friends and family so they can set up outdoor drinks stations for a refuel and catch-up over an energy bar
With loved ones and their community supporting them, participants will be joining thousands of runners in a celebration of everything the London Marathon embodies – fun, fundraising, fancy-dress and amazing community spirit.