Virgin Money London Marathon 2018: run with #TheBrainyBunch!

The Brain Tumour Charity is at the forefront of the fight to defeat brain tumours, making a difference every day to the lives of people living with a brain tumour and their families.

If, like us, you want to see more funding for pioneering research into brain tumours, diagnosis times reduced even further and better support for individuals and their families, then apply for a ballot place to run for us at the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018.

What it means to be part of #TheBrainyBunch

#TheBrainyBunch are a fantastic team of people. They've let us know what being part of The Charity's team at 2017's Virgin Money London Marathon meant to them:

“An amazing charity with amazing girls and boys at the helm. Marathon day would have been less sweet without your support, care and affection shown towards us in the build-up and the after party"

"Thank you so much for giving me the chance to run for The Brain Tumour Charity. The training and build up has been an amazing cathartic experience for my family! It's been a privilege. And you lot in The Brainy Bunch - you're all inspirational"

"This was my 17th London Marathon but the first one I've run for The Brain Tumour Charity. The support from the charity was excellent – much more friendly than I've experienced before, with personal emails and phone calls. I'll definitely be back next year!"

Register for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon Ballot

The public ballot entry system for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon is now closed. Good luck if you entered! Look out got your magazine in the post after Monday 2 October telling you whether you've been successful.

If you're lucky enough to get a ballot place, we'd love to have you join #TheBrainyBunch - get in touch to let us know the good news via or give us a call on 01252 749990.

How we'll support you

The Brainy Bunch are a fantastic team of people and we'd love you to join us on the start line for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018.

We'll be on hand to support you every step of the way, and to help give you that extra spring in your step we'll also:

  • Give you access to our runner's Facebook group where you can chat to other runners and share your experiences
  • Send you a 16 week training plan
  • Invite you to attend our dedicated training day in Tonbridge, Kent on Saturday 11 November
  • Send you a fundraising pack and running vest (and letters to personalise it!)
  • Invite you and your family to a post-race reception…hot showers and a complementary massage will be available!
  • Cheer you along the race course
  • Provide you with ongoing fundraising support
  • Support you pre and post-race with PR

Our Golden Bond places

We've yet again been blown away by the number of applications for our limited Golden Bond places for 2018. Our panel, made up from people across the charity, has now come together and read through all of the applications. We'll be letting everyone know the results of this process in the coming weeks.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply; we will keep all unsuccessful applications and place them on a waiting list.