Virgin Money London Marathon 2020

Introducing The 40th Race - the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon for 2020

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Event information

Date: Sunday 4 October 2020
Location: Anywhere - the route is up to you!

The cancellation of the Virgin Money London Marathon this year is having a devastating effect on charities like us - and #TeamTangerine, we need you more than ever. 

Since its first year in 1981, the London Marathon has become the most popular marathon in the world, attracting thousands of runners every year and raising millions of pounds for charity. This year was set to be one of the biggest ever, as the event celebrated its 40th anniversary - however, after much deliberation, the decision was taken to cancel the 2020 event in the interests of participant, spectator and volunteer safety during the coronavirus pandemic.

While the iconic event that we know and love isn't able to take place, we're delighted to announce that the Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon is now open to everyone, whether you originally had a place or not! 

On Sunday 4 October 2020, you'll have 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds to run, walk or jog 26.2 miles in the most inclusive London Marathon ever, in return for an official medal, New Balance t-shirt and access to The 40th Race app to track your progress and help bring the experience to life.

Read more and sign up here - and don't forget to set up your Virgin Money Giving fundraising page too.

As part of #TeamTangerine you'll also receive:

  • Access to our Training Hub
  • Free fundraising materials
  • Support from our Fundraising team every step of the way
We can also provide you with your own personalised technical running top - please email us at to order and we will endeavour to fulfil your request.

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Important coronavirus guidance

Keeping you and our communities safe is our priority, so we ask that you follow the latest Government guidelines regarding social distancing and COVID-19 whilst fundraising and undertaking your virtual London Marathon. Please note guidelines vary in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland.

Register your interest for 2021

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Being a part of Team Meningitis Now as a charity place runner or ballot place runner means that you will receive:

  • Your own personalised technical running top
  • A huge welcome at our post-race reception; drinks, snacks, a shower and sports massage all await you near the finish line (friends and family are also welcome)
  • Training and fundraising support and materials
  • A dedicated Events Fundraiser to help you every step of the way

Do you have any questions?

Contact the Events team at or call us on 01453 768 000.