Virgin Money London Marathon
Applications for a WaterAid place in the London Marathon 2020 are now open!
Apply now for your chance to take on the famous Virgin Money London Marathon with a WaterAid charity place – don’t forget to let us know why you’d like to run for WaterAid and how you’ll reach our minimum fundraising target.
If you have secured your own place through the ballot and would like to run for WaterAid, you can let us know by completing our own place form.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you’ve registered for a charity place or got your own place in any of our events, you'll receive your very own WaterAid running vest a few weeks before the race.
If you're taking on a different event for WaterAid and would like us to send you a vest or jersey, please contact us at [email protected].
We've teamed up with leading sport and training coaches RunningWithUs to provide expert training plans, tips and advice.
We have bespoke training plans, put together by RunningWithUs, and you'll get direct access to the expertise of our professional coaches. For more information about our training support please contact our events team at [email protected].
We're really sorry to hear that – please contact our events team at [email protected] to let us know you won’t be taking part.
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.
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:
47-49 Durham Street
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.
Have a question about the event you've signed up to? Or do you need some help choosing your next challenge?
Contact Lizzie in our Events team and she’ll be happy to help.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 020 7793 4594
You can also join the WaterAid Events Facebook group to get answers to any questions you may have.