ARE YOU HOMELESS, SOFA SURFING OR AT RISK?

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Virtual London Marathon

The Virgin Money London Marathon is going virtual for its 2nd year and this is your chance to join the world's greatest race. You'll be joining 100,000 runners on the day running your version of the marathon wherever you are.

Your Run, Your Way.

Sunday 3 October 2021

Your choice of location

Sign Up

Set to be the biggest marathon ever staged anywhere in the world, join us to run the Virgin Money London Marathon virtually in your own time and on a course of your choice. Your on-the-day app will provide special features to bring the virtual experience to life.

Registration fee £10
Fundraising target £250
Difficulty Hard
Event Info

Event date: Sunday 3 October 2021
Location: Wherever you want!
Distance: 26.2 miles

2020 saw the first ever Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon take place, winning a Guinness World Record title for the most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours.

This October, be part of the 50,000 people running their own London Marathon in their own way anywhere in the world, whilst another 50,000 people are completing the traditional course down to Pall Mall. 

You'll have the opportunity to run, jog or walk the famous 26.2 miles over the course of 24 hours on the 3rd October (from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59), wherever you like in whatever time you like, to earn the much anticipated finishers medal. 

The event must be run outdoors, not on a treadmill, but you can break down your miles down into chunks and stop/start whenever is needed. 

Before entering this event, please read the terms and conditions

Looking for the non-virtual (in-person) London Marathon? You can apply for a Centrepoint charity place here.

You'll Receive

Along with the amazing feeling of giving more homeless young people a future by completing this incredible challenge, you'll receive:

  • Your London Marathon finishers medal
  • Your London Marathon finishers t-shirt
  • A Centrepoint technical running top
  • Dedicated support and guidance from the Centrepoint events team
  • Regular emails to keep you updated on the event and Centrepoint's work with homeless young people
  • Access to professional training and nutrition plans from Physio LDN
FAQs

How does the virtual London Marathon work? Can I run it with breaks? How is my distance logged? 

The organisers have provided answers for event specific questions on their website here however do get in touch with us on events@centrepoint.org if your question is not answered by them

I have my own place in this event, how can I join Team Centrepoint?

Congratulations on securing your own place through the virtual ballot, we'd love to have you join our team. Just complete the own place form here and we'll be in touch.

I’m taking part in this event for Centrepoint, how can I get a Centrepoint running top to wear on the day?

Yes of course! You'll receive one as part of your registration in plenty of time before October so you can train in it.

How do I set up a fundraising page?

  1. Go to Virgin Money Giving via this link
  2. Select which event you are taking part in and follow the step by step instructions
  3. Personalise your page by adding a photograph and explaining why you have chosen to support Centrepoint
  4. Share the link to your fundraising page!

What training advice and support do you provide?

Running a marathon can be a wonderful experience and we provide support to make sure you enjoy every minute. We have a range of training and nutritional guides written by Physio LDN. Our team will also provide support and resources to make sure you smash your fundraising target. If the circumstances allow, we may run an in-person training session nearer the day. If not, this will be virtual. 

I have an injury and now I can't take part in the event I signed up for. What should I do?

We're really sorry to hear that – please get in touch with our events team at events@centrepoint.org to let us know you won’t be taking part.

What happens if I don’t reach my fundraising target?

When you accept a Centrepoint charity place in an event, we ask you to reach a minimum fundraising target. The money you raise covers the cost of the event place and administration fees that Centrepoint have to pay for you to take part and helps us deliver the services we provide to homeless young people.

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?

Absolutely! We are here to help you throughout your marathon journey. Drop us an email on events@centrepoint.org so we can personalise our support to get you started.

How do I pay in my fundraising?

Head to the bank

You can pay cash directly into our bank account or you can make a bank transfer from your account.

Just get in touch for our bank details, email us at events@centrepoint.org or call us on 0800 23 23 20 and make sure to let us know to look out for your donation.

If you have giving vouchers such as a Charities Aid Foundation voucher, please post them directly to us as the bank will not be able to process them.

Pop to the post box

Cheques made payable to Centrepoint can be sent to: Events & Community Fundraising Team, Centrepoint, 25 Camperdown Street, London, E1 8DZ.

Be sure to complete and include any sponsorship forms so we can identify who the money is from.

Hop online

You can donate directly to your own online giving page and it will be sent directly to Centrepoint.

Give us a call

You can call us and make a card payment over the phone with our friendly Supporter Care team on 0800 23 23 20. They’re available Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm, and would be happy to speak to you.

Contact us

Have a question about the event you've signed up to? Or do you need some help choosing your next challenge? Contact our Events team and they’ll be happy to help.

Email: events@centrepoint.org

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