London Marathon 2021

The Virgin Money London Marathon is back for 2021 and for the first time ever, it’ll be an autumn marathon. On October 3rd, 100,000 people will be taking part in the biggest marathon ever staged in the world. 50,000 will be running the streets of the capital and 50,000 will be doing it from wherever they are in the country, completing the marathon distance over 24 hours and choosing their own route.

The London Event

Date: Sunday, 3 October 2021
Location: London
Event distance: 26.2 miles

Registration fee: £350
Fundraising target: minimum £1,500 personal target not including gift aid or corporate sponsor match.

The Virgin Money London Marathon is such an iconic event and completing it is a life achievement. The largely flat course is set around the River Thames, starting in Blackheath and finishing at The Mall.

The Virtual Event

Date: Sunday, 3 October 2021
Location: Anywhere
Event distance: 26.2 miles

Registration fee: £28.50
Fundraising target: minimum £300 personal target not including gift aid or corporate sponsor match.

The virtual Virgin Money London Marathon will return this year, giving participants the opportunity to take on the world’s greatest marathon on the course of their choice from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59, wherever they are on the planet.

Run for baby Lifeline

We rely on your generosity- without fundraising we would not be able to continue improving care for mothers and babies all over the UK. So, whether you have started running during lockdown and ready for a serious challenge or completed the course before, get your place on the starting line with Team Baby Lifeline.

Applications to run for Baby Lifeline in both the London and Virtual event are now open and will close on Monday 31st May 2021.

We have an extremely limited number of places remaining so please tell us why you want to run with Baby Lifeline.

We will get back to all applicants by 5th June. You can apply by filling in the form below. Thank you to everyone who has applied and good luck!

Application Form

Already have a Ballot place? Run with us!

If you have been successful in the London or Virtual Marathon’s ballot and would like to use your place to fundraise for Baby Lifeline, please use our contact us form below and we will call to discuss. Thank you for your support. 


The London Marathon welcomes the use of standard day chairs/wheelchairs and race runners in the mass participation event.

Free places for guides/support runners are issued for visually impaired runners. Guides/support runners will receive a finisher’s medal, t-shirt and recovery bag when they cross the finish line. 

All participants must complete the event by the official cut-off time which is currently 19:00. If you would like to request a waiver of the cut-off time for medal purposes, you can submit a request to the London Marathon. 

COVID Guarantee

If the London Marathon is unable to go ahead in October and we’ve already confirmed your place on our team, we will ensure your place is rolled over to a future year.

Why Join Team Baby Lifeline?

We’ll provide each of our runners with a bespoke Baby Lifeline running vest and a fundraising pack full of top tips and resources. We’ll also give fundraising support through all of our social media channels.

The money that you raise will have a direct impact on our work. This might include purchasing equipment for maternity units, providing training for midwives, or producing some of our high-quality research. By running the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon for Baby Lifeline, you will be helping us to carry on improving maternity care for mothers and babies across the UK.

Donating online is quick and simple

We have teamed up with Just Giving & Charities Aid Foundation to accept debit and credit cards online.