Virgin Money London Marathon 2021


We have now closed applications for our London Marathon Charity place for 2020 and awarded it. 

Thank you to everyone who applied. 

We will be opening applications for 2021 in May, so please check back. 

In the meantime here's all the important information about the big day.

The London Marathon is the UK's landmark race and the world's most famous marathon.

Each year 35,000 runners take part and thousands of cheering spectators line the iconic course through central London from Blackheath to The Mall.

When is the London Marathon 2021?

The London Marathon 2021 will take place on the 25th April 2021. 

For the majority, the London Marathon begins at 10 am. If you are hoping to watch the elite races the start times are: 

08:55 – Elite Wheelchair Races

09:00 – World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup ambulant races

09:15 – The Elite Women's Race

10:00 – The Elite Men's Race, British Athletics & England Athletics Marathon Championships and Mass Race.

How do I enter the London marathon?

Every year there is a ballot for the London marathon where you can apply for a place at the marathon. If you’re lucky enough to get a place, you can select Freedom from Torture as your charity to fundraise for. 

If you did not get a ballot place, you are able to contact us directly and apply to run for our charity place.

We have very limited guaranteed London Marathon entry places, if you are interested in applying for one of these places, please fill out the application form and submit your details for consideration.

Please note, if you are successful in your Freedom from Torture London Marathon application, we ask you to pay a registration fee of £50 and that you pledge to raise at least £2,500 in aid of Freedom from Torture. Full terms and conditions from Virgin London Marathon organisers can be found here and from Freedom from Torture here.

What are charity entries to the marathon?

Charity entries to the marathon are special charity places which you can get outside the usual ballot. 

To get a charity place, there will be specific requirements that you need to meet. But in return, you’ll get:  

How will we support you?

  • Training and fundraising advice
  • Freedom from Torture running t-shirt
  • A cheer team along the route
  • A pre and a post-race reception with refreshments 
  • A dedicated point of contact for any questions that you might have in the build-up to the race

What is the London marathon route?

There have been no announced changes to the route for the London marathon this year, so we can assume that the route will be the same as it was last year. 

Regardless to which start you’re allocated, all routes merge at mile three. 

When will the London marathon ballot be announced?

If you applied for the London Marathon ballot the results will be announced in October 2020. 

Don’t forget that if you were not successful in the ballot this year, you can apply for our charity place. 

Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

Thank you to everyone who considers taking on a challenge event in aid of Freedom from Torture!

If the London Marathon might be too much of a challenge for you, we have places in the Vitality 10K  and there is a Marathon Walk around London in September.