Virgin Money London Marathon

When:
Where:
London
Distance:
Marathon (26.2 miles)
Minimum Sponsorship:
£2,000
Registration fee:
£100
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Event information

This world renowned marathon takes runners past some of the capital’s greatest attractions before heading to the finish line along the Mall. With an amazing atmosphere and great support along the route, this will be a race you’ll never forget!

If you would like to be part of the London Marathon 2018, you can apply for a WaterAid charity place. We aim to let all applicants know by the end of October if your application has been successful.

When you take part, you’ll be helping people to live healthy lives with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. Together we can change normal for good.

What people are saying

It feels amazing knowing that a little bit of effort running an event can change someone’s life. And WaterAid were always there to support me all the way.
Craig Holliday

How we'll help

To help support all our runners in the lead up to race day we’ve teamed up with the company RunningWithUs to provide you with a special training package.

As a member of our team you’ll receive:

  • A bespoke training plan – suitable for your level of experience
  • Email helpline – ask a coach training, race, nutrition or injury questions
  • Twitter and Facebook ask-the-coach services and webinar sessions.

That's not all. We'll also hook you up with:

  • A personalised WaterAid running vest or technical t-shirt
  • A fundraising pack to help you meet your targets
  • Fundraising and event resources like balloons, collecting tins and banners
  • Regular newsletters and emails to keep you updated
  • The opportunity to wear our famous WaterAid tap and toilet costumes
  • Support and advice from a dedicated member of the WaterAid events team.

Above all, we love hearing from you! If you have a question or just want to chat about your training, get in touch.

FAQs

I have my own place in this event. How can I join Team WaterAid?

Congrats on securing your own place through the London Marathon ballot – we'd love to have you on board.

To join our team, just complete the own place form and we’ll get in touch to say thank you and send you a fundraising pack.

I entered the London Marathon ballot. When are the results announced?

The ballot results are announced in October. You will receive a magazine through the post or an e-magazine via email that will either say Congratulations or Commiserations.

I have already applied for a WaterAid charity place. When will you be allocating places?

We start allocating places in the summer and aim to let everyone know by the end of October if we can offer you a place. If we offer you a place, we will contact you by phone and you will be sent the registration form and asked to pay the £100 registration fee to confirm your place.

Can I apply for a WaterAid charity place if I have entered the ballot?

Absolutely – it will only increase your chances of getting on that start line. If we offer you a place and you then find out you were successful in the ballot, we’ll refund your registration fee as long as use your ballot place to run for WaterAid.

I’m taking part in this event for WaterAid. How can I get a WaterAid running top to wear on the day?
What training advice and support do you provide?
What happens if I don’t reach my fundraising target?

If you’ve bought a WaterAid charity place in an event, we'll ask you to reach a minimum fundraising target. This will cover the cost of the event place and administration fees that WaterAid have to pay, and help provide much needed support to some of the world’s poorest communities.

If you're concerned you won’t reach your fundraising target, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. We're on hand to help you out with tips and ideas that will help you reach your target and we may be able to extend your deadline, so that you have that little bit longer to fundraise.

I’m stuck for fundraising ideas. Can you help?

You’ve come to the right place! Check out some great fundraising ideas and inspirational stories.

Once you’ve registered for an event, we’ll also send you a fundraising guide as part of your welcome pack. This has lots of great fundraising tips to get you off to a flying start.

How do I pay in my fundraising?

If you've raised money on JustGiving or VirginMoneyGiving, your job is done! All the online donations made to your fundraising page are automatically transferred over to WaterAid and allocated to your total.

If you've raised money offline, you can send in your fundraising by making a bank transfer, sending us a cheque, or paying in your money over the phone.

If you’re making a bank transfer please use the following details:

WaterAid Current Account
Barclays Bank PLC
Sort code: 20-65-82
Account number: 20422746

If you’re sending in a cheque, please make it payable to WaterAid and send it to:

WaterAid
47-49 Durham Street
London
SE11 5JD

Please also fill in a donation form with your name and details of your fundraising, and send it in to us. Otherwise we won’t know that the money is from you, and we won’t be able to thank you for your fundraising!

If you want to pay your money in over the phone, give us a call on 020 7793 4594.