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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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. 

Join our Squad

Complete the form below to join our London Marathon Squad.

How do you want to join our squad?
TCS London Marathon 2022 – general terms and conditions of participation 
Firstly, thank you for your interest in supporting The Children's Trust by joining our London Marathon Squad. The London Marathon is a popular and important fundraising event for The Children's Trust. 
The following terms and conditions have been written to support you and to set out the expectations of the charity and our commitment to you should you be awarded a place. 
If you are successful in gaining a Golden Bond place with The Children's Trust: 
  • You will pay a £100 registration fee within 10 days of being offered a Golden Bond place with The Children's Trust. If the registration fee is not paid by day 11, The Children's Trust reserves the right to release your place to the next potential runner, unless agreed otherwise and in writing. 
  • You acknowledge that the registration fee is non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be used to towards your fundraising target.
  • You agree to raise at least the minimum sponsorship requirement (£2000) and will send all sponsorship funds no later than six weeks after the event. Gift Aid donations do not count towards the minimum sponsorship requirement.
  • You will commit to raising 50% of the minimum sponsorship by 2 July 2022 
  • You understand that The Children's Trust has the right to withdraw your place at any time with due warning if they consider that you are not committed to your pledged sponsorship 
  • If you fail to raise the £2000 fundraising pledge with no prior arrangement or exception, The Children's Trust can inform London Marathon Events (the organiser) and it may impact your chances of running in future London Marathon Events.  
If you do not take part in the event, any sponsorship money raised will be treated as donations unless your sponsors contact The Children's Trust directly for a refund.
  • You will be at least 18 years old on race day (2 October 2022) 
  • You agree to the terms and conditions set out by London Marathon Events.
  • You will register your name and personal details with London Marathon Events separately. Details of how to do this and the deadline for doing so will be communicated with you by the charity. You will be unable to take part without completing this registration by the deadline. The deadline is governed by London Marathon Events and no extensions are awarded under any circumstances. 
  • You are taking part in this event at your own risk. 
  • You confirm that, as far as you are aware, you are fit and healthy enough to take part in this event. 
  • You will notify us if your circumstances change and you are unable to run. Please do this at your earliest opportunity as we may be able to offer your place to another potential runner (if you notify us before the London Marathon deadline for entries).  
  • You accept that The Children’s Trust accepts no liability in connection with your participation in the event when it comes to any loss or damage of any kind including to you or your belongings. However, this excludes any liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or any other liability that cannot be excluded by law. 
  • For any independent fundraising events that you carry out to raise funds (for example a cake sale or pub quiz), you acknowledge that you are carrying such events out in your own capacity. It is your responsibility to organise all aspects of such event and make it clear that such event is run by you "in aid of" The Children's Trust and is not run by the charity. The
Children's Trust will not accept any responsibility or liability for such event. If you wish to use
The Children’s Trust logo, please contact the Events team who can provide an "in aid of" logo.
  • You agree to raise all money using legal methods and complying with the advice given in the in the How to Fundraise section of our website. 
  • You understand that any photos, quotes or video footage taken of you during the event may be used on social media, future marketing and publicity material and other mediums that may raise awareness of The Children’s Trust. If you would prefer us not to use this material, please contact us directly. Details of our privacy policy can be found at   

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