Virgin Money London Marathon: CANCELLED

Sadly, the Virgin Money London Marathon has been cancelled for all but elite runners


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We are sorry to confirm that the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon will be held for elite runners only.

The decision has come from London Marathon Events to open the race on the 4th October 2020 to elite runners only. For months they have been working intensively and in consultation with London’s authorities and have not taken the decision to cancel lightly. It has been made with the health and safety of everyone involved in mind. 

For us at The Children's Trust, the care of our runners, staff and volunteers is our main priority, too.

However, we understand that this is disappointing news for you and we share that disappointment. We know how much effort you have all put in to your training and fundraising and your support is hugely appreciated.
We want to thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. 

FAQS for our London Marathon team: 

When is the 2021 London Marathon?
The London Marathon will be held on Sunday 3rd October 2021.

Is my place still valid for the 2021 London Marathon date?
Yes, we’d still love to have you on The Children's Trust team. If you can run on the 3rd October 2021, you don’t need to do anything. Your place will transfer to the new date and we’ll still support you every step of the way. 

What happens to the money I have raised for my 2020 place?
The money you have raised for your London Marathon place has ensured The Children's Trust has been able to continue to support children with brain injury across the UK, both with their care, education and therapy but also helping us to focus on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Even in a pandemic, our work supporting children with brain injury cannot stop. We really couldn’t do this work without the support of people like you, so we want to say a huge thank you, from all of us.

If I take part in the virtual race on 4th October, will I still keep my place for the 2021 London Marathon?
Yes, of course. If you'd still like to run a virtual marathon on the 4th October 2020, this does not affect your charity place on our team for 2021.

Will I have to raise another £2,000 for my place in 2021?
If you secured a place in the 2020 London Marathon and have had your placed deferred due to the cancellation of this event, you will not need to raise another £2,000 for your place. We understand how disappointing the news of the deferral/cancellation was to you and we know how much effort you have all put in to your training and fundraising. We really appreciate your support and dedication. It has not been an easy journey. 

Of course, we’d be extremely grateful for any additional sponsorship that you’re able to raise on top of your £2,000 minimum target. In the coming weeks, we’ll be in touch with you to discuss your fundraising plans so we can support you in the lead up to the new race day.

If I withdraw my place, can I get a refund of my registration fee?
If you want to ride next year, the registration fee will roll over too. 

If you don’t want to take up your place, you are entitled to a refund on your registration fee – or you can donate it to The Children’s Trust. It’s up to you, just let us know what you’d prefer to do.
Donating your registration fee will help to minimise our lost charitable donations and support us in our work. 

If I withdraw my place, can my supporters request a refund for their donations?
If you choose to take part in 2021, the sponsorship you have raised will be carried forward. If you choose not to run, your sponsors can ask for their donations to be refunded. Your sponsors and supporters will need to contact us themselves directly to arrange this. We rather hope they will be supportive of your training efforts so far! Besides, it is going to a great cause.

If your supporters would like to get in touch with us to discuss this, please ask them contact us at where we will be able to further assist with their enquiry. Please note that under Fundraising Regulator guidelines, it must be the supporter who contacts us directly.
I have a charity place and I cannot make the London Marathon 2021 date. What are my options?
Please get in touch with us as soon as possible at and we can discuss the following options with you:
• Deferring your place to 2022
• Withdrawing your place
• Transferring your place on to another suitable event.

I have my own place and I cannot make the London Marathon 2021 date. What are my options?
This will depend on whether you have already deferred or not. It’s best to check out the FAQS page on the London Marathon site page to see what you can do. If you need help, do get in touch with us and we can find out on your behalf. In any case, when you choose to run the London Marathon you will still be very much a part of The Children's Trust team. 

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