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!" Ian

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!

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 will be on hand to support you every step of the way, but 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 a marathon runner pre-meet in London where you can meet the rest of The Brainy Bunch ahead of race day and ask any questions that you may have
  • Post you a 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

How to use your ballot place to join #TheBrainyBunch

Email us at or call us on 01252 749 043.

Apply for one of our limited Golden Bond places

We have a limited number of Golden Bond places for 2018. These are allocated via an application process using our application form. The assessment panel is made up of staff members from across The Charity and we do not take into account an applicant's pre-existing relationship with The Charity, outside of what they include on their Golden Bond form.

For 2018, the deadline for applications for our Golden Bond places is 1 September 2017.