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About the 2021 virtual Virgin Money London Marathon

Your run. Your way.

On Sunday 3 October 2021, up to 50,000 people will be a part of the biggest marathon ever staged anywhere in the world.

The virtual Virgin Money London Marathon, first introduced in 2020 when the Covid-19 pandemic made the traditional in-person event impossible, gives participants the opportunity to take on the world’s greatest marathon on the course of their choice from 00:00 to 23:59:59 BST, wherever they are on the planet.

Runners in the virtual event will join more than 40,000 participants who will run the traditional Virgin Money London Marathon from Blackheath to The Mall.

The virtual Virgin Money London Marathon was held for the first time in October 2020, when more than 37,000 runners, from all corners of the world, completed the race. The final finishing total of 37,966 means it has been awarded an official Guinness World Records title for the ‘Most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours’. 

Participants will be able to use the official Virgin Money London Marathon App powered by TCS to officially record their runs.

Virtual participant stories

  • Ann-Marie was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2015 and thought her running days were behind her. However, after her initial treatment she eased her back into completing 5K and 10K events and decided that running and being active were still an important part of her life. Running has helped give her strength and perspective on the hardest days. She will be taking part in the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon with her friend Angie, raising money for the charity North London Hospice, which cared for eight of her chemotherapy group.
  • The virtual Virgin Money London Marathon has given 25-year-old Bryony Webster, who has autism, the opportunity to run the London Marathon away from the thousands of participants in the mass event in the capital, a daunting prospect for her. After taking up running two years ago to improve her mental health, Bryony is looking forward to testing herself across the 26.2 miles and will be cheered on by her friends and family as she takes to the streets of Shropshire.
  • A group of seven runners, led by documentary film-maker Chris Terrill, will be taking part in the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon from on board Britain’s biggest warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth. Chris – who is aboard the ship to follow the UK Carrier Strike Group 21 – and the other crew members will run more than 100 laps of the running track on the ship while they are in the middle of the South China Sea.