The London Marathon in 2020 will likely be the 40th anniversary for the well-known race, so it’s unsurprising that this yr’s ballot to enter was the hottest to this point in its historical past, leaving hopeful runners on the lookout for charity locations for a likelihood to participate as a substitute.
457,861 individuals signed up and those that entered the ballot for a place in the London Marathon in 2020 will discover out whether or not or not they’ve been profitable by the finish of this week, Friday 11 October.
If you haven’t been profitable in getting a place in the race by the ballot, don’t fret, there’s one other approach.
London Marathon hopefuls can apply for a place to run by one among the many charities, and right here’s how.
How to apply for a place in the London Marathon
Every yr, hundreds of runners enter the race by London Marathon charity locations.
The record of charities who’ve assured locations in the Virgin Money London Marathon are listed on the Virgin London Marathon web site and embrace the likes of Great Ormond Street Hospital, Amnesty International, the NSPCC and Cancer Research UK – though there are over 60 totally different charities to select from.
If you need a London Marathon charity place, you’ll have to contact your chosen charity instantly to see if they’ve bought any locations to provide you. You can do that by the charity listings web page on Virgin’s web site or go to the charity direct.
Places are supplied to runners on the settlement that they may increase a sure amount of cash for the charity. This is generally round £2,000.
Virgin advises: ‘Please note, there are usually more runners interested in running for each charity than there are charity places available, so the charities will select their runners based on the runner’s reference to the good trigger and the way a lot cash they’re realistically ready to increase for the charity.’
Those wishing to apply for a London Marathon charity place ought to accomplish that as quickly as attainable, as some charities have registration deadlines that shut as quickly as Sunday October 13.