London Marathon

Join more than 39,000 people taking on the greatest marathon in the world in support of The Royal British Legion.

  • London
  • £120 registration fee with a minimum fundraising commitment of £2,000
  • Running, Challenge,

Take part in the most iconic marathon the world has ever seen; the Virgin Money London Marathon. The incredible atmosphere on race day is one to remember and you will get to experience the iconic sights of our capital. Starting in the beautiful Greenwich Park you’ll run past Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Cutty Sark on your way to glory at Pall Mall.

Run for Team Legion in this fantastic marathon and raise money for our Armed Forces community.

Guaranteed charity places

‘Our charity place applications are now closed. Our application for 2020 London Marathon will open in April.

I have my own place

If you’re one of the lucky ones who got your own place in the ballot then we would love you to join #Team Legion. There is no minimum fundraising commitment and you will receive all the same support from our dedicated Events Team, we just ask you to raise as much as you can to support the Armed Forces community.

Why run for us?

Your fundraising helps to fund vital services for the Armed Forces community, such as The Battle Back Centre - the first port of call for wounded, injured and sick service men and women. Take some time to read more about the centre and how it helps people recover from injury and illness.

What's included?

Your place on Team Legion will include:

  • Training plans to help you hit your target time
  • An exclusive training day with a qualified personal trainer
  • A personalised technical running top
  • The loudest cheers on the day from our enthusiastic team
  • A massage and food at our Post Race Reception; a perfect place to meet your friends and family afterwards


When will I find out if I have received a charity place for The Royal British Legion London in the Virgin Money London Marathon for 2019?

We know you will be eager to find out if we can allocate you a place with us please be patient with us we want to ensure we give everyone an opportunity to submit their application. We will let you know by October 2018 at the very latest if you have a place with us or not.

When will I receive my official race day information?

The final instructions magazine will be posted to you around four weeks before the event day. For the most up-to-date information, please do keep an eye on their website.  

When will I receive my race number and timing chip?

You will need to collect your marathon pack from the Virgin Money London Marathon EXPO on either the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday or Saturday before the marathon. Please refer to the London Marathon website for timings closer to the event day.

All runners must attend the London Marathon Expo in order to collect their running number and timing chip. Failure to collect your race number will result in you unfortunately being unable to take part.

What’s in my pack?

  • Event running number
  • Timing chip for your trainers
  • Bag for the baggage drop with stickers for your bag.

What happens during registration?

You’ll be required to show a form of photo identification in order to receive your event pack. If you’re unable to attend registration and wish to send a friend or relative to collect your event pack on your behalf, they must bring a form of photo identification for themselves and you as well as a signed letter of authorisation from you confirming that they can collect your event pack.

Where do I start the race?

You will be sent information about which start line you begin from with the Final Instructions magazine. These will be sent to you in March 2018.

What will I receive as part of #TeamLegion?

As part of the team you’ll receive:

  • Regular emails with fundraising support and advice to help you smash your target
  • Training guides via our partner RunningwithUs.
  • An exclusive training day with RunningwithUs
  • On-the-day support from our dedicated Events Team
  • A Team Legion running vest with personalised iron on letters
  • 1-2-1 support from our fundraising team
  • Post-marathon reception including massages and refreshments

What will I receive my Royal British Legion running vest?

Running vests and iron on letter will be sent out 4-6 weeks before the event.

What if I need to update my personal details?

Please email with your name, date of birth, telephone number, old address and new address. Your address details will then be changed in their system and a confirmation will be emailed to you when this has been done. Please do not call the helpdesk with changes of address as these can only be processed by email.

What should I do about travel and accommodation?

It goes without saying that it’s worth booking your accommodation sooner rather than later. Think about whether you want an easy journey to the starting zone (Greenwich Park) or if you want a shorter journey at the end (staying near the finish line in Central London). London Marathon have partnered with the Holiday Inn other IHG hotels - you can read more about accommodation on the London Marathon website.

What if I become injured or need to cancel my charity place?

Please contact our Events team at or on 0333 011 4500. 

Got a question?

Do you want a bit more information about this event? Call us on 0333 011 4500 or email we would love to hear from you.