Unique opportunity to take part in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon

Entries are open for a unique chance to take part in the first virtual edition of the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 4 October.

As the London Marathon could not take place in its usual format, alternative plans were put into place. Everyone who a place in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon had an exclusive window to confirm they would like to take up a place in the virtual event. An alternative was to defer their place to a future London Marathon in 2021, 2022 or 2023.

Runners are invited to join up to 45,000 others in the virtual 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon. Complete The 40th race your way.

Earn your medal and finishers T-shirt

Participants have one second short of 24 hours to run, jog or walk the 26.2 mile distance, anytime from 00:00 to 23:59:59 BST on Sunday 4 October. An app is being developed with technology partners TCS to enable participants to log their marathon and earn the unique finisher medal and New Balance finisher T-shirt.

Hugh Brasher, Event Director for the Virgin Money London Marathon, said: 

“This is the most inclusive London Marathon in our 40-year history and we believe The 40th Race will epitomise the extraordinary spirit of the London Marathon which makes it the greatest marathon in the world. 

“With 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds to complete the 26.2 mile distance, we know we will see a huge range of creative marathon attempts, with fun, fancy dress, fundraising, and community spirit at the heart of the day.

“London is the most popular marathon in the world with more than 467,000 people applying for a place in the ballot for the 2020 event. The response to the virtual event from participants and charities that had places in the original event has been huge and we encourage everyone taking part to fundraise for the charity of their choice. Right now, many vulnerable sectors of society are dependent on help from charities at a time when charity income has been decimated.”

The Duke of Sussex, Patron of The London Marathon Charitable Trust, said:

“For four decades The London Marathon has been an exciting and important feature in every charity’s calendar. People travel from all over the world to not only run in this awe-inspiring race, but also to raise vital funds for the organisations and charities that mean so much to them. The money raised at this one single event can be transformational in helping the people in our communities who need it. While Covid-19 has forced plans to change, we all hope there can still be an opportunity for everyone to get involved in some way and discover the London Marathon spirit wherever you are in the world.”

Entries are open

The entry fee for the virtual 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon is £20 (+£5 for international entrants to cover post and packing overseas). Entries are available on a first-come, first-served basis at www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com

Results from The 40th Race may be used to apply for a Good for Age or Championship place in the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon and the London Classics medal. Supplementary evidence will be required for new applications for a Good for Age or Championship place. Full details will be published on the official website by 31 August 2020.

The elite races

The 40th Race will feature elite races with the world’s greatest marathoners on a closed loop circuit around St James’s Park.

Read more about the elite fields here.

To view The 40th Race video, click here.