Virgin Money London Marathon 2019

We'd love to welcome you to #TheBrainyBunch so that together we can defeat the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40.

Why run for The Brain Tumour Charity?

The difference you will make

We ask our runners to raise a minimum of £2700 for their Virgin Money London Marathon place. This could fund two weeks of top quality research; in this time, researchers can test the response of glioblastoma cells to a new drug to determine if it stops growth.

How we'll support you

We're here for you through every step of your Virgin Money London Marathon journey. Our dedicated team will support you with fundraising and training advice and we have a closed Facebook group for #TheBrainyBunch team to share their hints, tips and experiences. You'll receive a running vest, fundraising pack and an invitation to our bespoke training day with a specialist marathon coach to answer all your training needs throughout your journey.

On the day we would love your family and friends to join us at our cheering points, where they will help us be the loudest bunch on the route!

Finally you will be invited to our runner's reception, where you can enjoy some well-deserved food and drinks as well as relax with a shower and massage.

Frequently asked questions

Does it cost me anything to run for The Brain Tumour Charity?

Applying to run for us is completely free. If your application is successful we ask for a registration fee of £50 – this is to help cover our costs and is non-refundable.

What is the minimum sponsorship?

We do ask all our runners to raise a minimum of £2,700 for their Virgin Money London Marathon place. This could fund two weeks of top quality research; in this time, researchers can test the response of glioblastoma cells to a new drug to determine if it stops tumour growth.

What if I can’t raise the minimum sponsorship?

We do ask that you take the minimum sponsorship seriously but, if you are worried about hitting the minimum sponsorship target – don't be! We are here to support you every step of the way and will help give you lots of support and ideas to make sure you are on the right track with your fundraising!

We do ask that your first donations are received by the 31st December 2018 but don't require the full £2,700 until 8 weeks after the Virgin Money London Marathon.

How do I apply for the marathon?

You can apply to the marathon in two different ways, either for a charity place or through the public ballot.

Public ballot: The 2019 public ballot will be open from Monday 30 April – Friday 4th May (5pm), with over 300,000 people expected to apply within this time. In October 2018 the Virgin Money London Marathon will announce those who have been successful. If this is you please get in touch – we would love to support you!

Charity place: To apply for one of our charity places, complete our online form. Our places are awarded purely on the strength of the application submitted, please take time to explain your motivation to run for us and how you would plan to reach the minimum fundraising target.

What is the application deadline?

The deadline to submit your application for one of our charity places is Friday 31 July 2018.

Can I apply to the public ballot and for a charity place?

Yes, double your chances of running in the Virgin Money London Marathon by applying to both the public ballot and for one of our charity places!

When will I know the outcome of my application?

We will let you know the outcome of your application by 1 September 2018.

Can I run for more than one charity?

If you are successful in getting one of our charity places, we ask that all your fundraising goes only to The Brain Tumour Charity.

If you have a ballot place, you can run for multiple charities.

Do I have to run it in a specific amount of time?

No, we know that every runner goes at a different pace – we will be with you from the start all the way until you cross that finish line!

Do I need to have run a marathon before?

No, but we highly recommend taking part in a half marathon before your take on a full marathon.

Can I run it in fancy dress?

Of course!

What is the latest point I can pull out of the marathon and still roll my place?

You can pull out of a ballot place up to the Saturday 22 April. There is a form on the marathon website which gives you all the details and they will send you the timetable of when you will have to confirm the roll over (it's usually June).

If you are on a Golden Bond place YOU MUST TELL US! You can't withdraw yourself as technically the place belongs to the charity not you.

It is still Saturday 22 April for a deferral as we will be working at the Expo so you will be able to contact us.

We discuss roll overs on a case by case basis.

If you have any questions please contact us via marathon@thebraintumourcharity.org or give us a call on 01252 237867.