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Virtual London Marathon

Sunday 03 October 2021

0:30 - 23:30

Virtual London Marathon

Calling all runners... lace up your trainers and run for Rainbows at this year's Virtual London Marathon. Registration closes 20 September 2021

Calling all runners... lace up your trainers and run for Rainbows at this year's Virtual London Marathon.

The virtual Virgin Money London Marathon was held for the first time in 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'. 

Now, you could take part in this year's event, while helping to support the vital work we do here in the East Midlands, supporting children, young people and families affected by life-threatening conditions.

Taking place on Sunday 3 October, to coincide with the live event in London, runners in the virtual event will join a record 50,000 participants who'll run the traditional Virgin Money London Marathon from Blackheath to The Mall. Participants in the virtual event are invited to take part in any location, and have 24 hours to complete the event - which opens up this opportunity to a wide range of supporters.

Why take part?

Now more than ever, we need your help to keep on bringing care and happiness to our children, young people and families. Every step you take in this year's Virtual London Marathon will help to support our vital work, enabling us to provide end of life care, symptom management, short breaks and respite care. We're also there to support parents and siblings through their bereavements and care for children until the end. 

Along with supporting our work, every Rainbows runner in this year's event will receive a Rainbows technical t-shirt to wear during their virtual marathon; along with the official London Marathon medal and finishers t-shirt post event.

Runners will also be able to track their progress through the official Virgin Money London Marathon app, powered by TCS. The app will help bring the virtual experience to life, with an exclusive audio commentary featuring famous voices providing a memorable soundtrack to the day. The app will will also enable runners to log the 26.2 miles covered (allowing you to earn your coveted medal and finishers t-shirt).

Fundraising for Rainbows:

Registration for a Rainbows place at the Virtual London Marathon is £20, and all runners are required to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship. Once registered, our friendly Community Fundraisers will be in touch, providing help, support and guidance with your fundraising efforts - making it a walk in the park to reach the £100 target.

To register for a place in the Virtual London Marathon, please email Neil Swift via But be quick, registration closes 20 September 2021!

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