100,000 runners for the 2021 London Marathon

The 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon is aiming to be the biggest marathon ever staged anywhere in the world. 100,000 runners are scheduled to take part on Sunday 3 October.

Organisers London Marathon Events confirmed the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon will return this year, with 50,000 places available. Runners will take on the world’s greatest marathon on the course of their choice from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59 BST on 3 October. They can complete this wherever they are in the world.

50,000 runners on the streets

On the same day, a record 50,000 participants will run from Blackheath to The Mall in the traditional mass-participation Virgin Money London Marathon on the streets of the capital. This field will feature an increase of more than 7,000 on the previous finisher record.

London Marathon
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Virtual race record

The virtual Virgin Money London Marathon was held for the first time in 2020 with more than 37,000 runners completed the event. The final finishing total of 37,966 has been awarded an official Guinness World Records title for the ‘Most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours’. 

Hugh Brasher, Virgin Money London Marathon Event Director, said: “With a national vaccination programme underway, we hope to see an unprecedented 100,000 people take part in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 3 October.

London Marathon
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Also returning on Sunday 3 October is the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon for primary schools nationwide. Last year more than 110,000 children took part in the first virtual event.

The ballot

Everyone who entered the ballot for the 2021 Marathon will find out on Monday 8 February if they have been successful. Unsuccessful applicants will have an exclusive window from Tuesday 9 February to Tuesday 16 February to enter the virtual event.

General entries will open on Tuesday 16 February, on a first-come, first-served basis.

London Marathon
Courtesy: London Marathon Events

Participants will have from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59 BST on Sunday 3 October to complete the 26.2 miles on the course of their choice. All tracked by the Virgin Money London Marathon App powered by TCS will enable runners to track and record their runs.

For more information on the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon ballot, click here.