London Marathon FAQs

Ever wanted to take on the London Marathon? This is the largest fundraiser for Leukaemia Care. Find out more about how you can bag yourself a place

Secure a guaranteed charity place with us and have peace of mind that you’ll be on that starting line helping to support people affected by blood cancer.

Get a guaranteed place

To secure a place with us, all you need to do is pay your £50 deposit and commit to raising the fundraising goal for that year, and you’re in! For 2021 the fundraising goal is £2,500.

Applying for one of our Gold Bond charity places is easy and we’ll be with you every step of the way. By joining Team LC you’ll get:

  • Weekly tip emails with advice from our Fundraising Team
  • An official LC running vest
  • An official London Marathon Facebook group so you meet other team members as well as stay up-to-date with important marathon news
  • Bucket loads of support pre and post Race Day
  • Fundraising resources

The Public Ballot

The ballot for the Virgin Money London Marathon has now closed.

If you’re successful in the ballot, we’d love for you to chose Leukaemia Care as your chosen charity, you’ll get all the perks that our Gold Bond runners have – just without the fundraising goal. Of course, we’d love you to fundraising for us, but anything you raise is a bonus and will go to helping us to support people who have been affected by a blood cancer diagnosis.

Double your chances 

Double your chances of getting a place in the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon by applying for the ballot place and registering for one of our Gold Bond charity places.

This way, if you’re successful in the ballot, great! If not, there is no need to worry as you still have a place with us for the 2020 race, all you need to do is get fundraising and get training, so you’re fully prepared for the BIG day.

I want to run the marathon - can I run it for LC?

Leukaemia Care has approximately 150 guaranteed charity places for the marathon each year. The marathon is an inspirational event and we get many enquiries in April and May each year asking for a place. You can guarantee a place by paying a £50 deposit and committing to the minimum fundraising goal. The goal in 202 will be £2,500.

There are four key fundraising milestones in place. These are:

  • £750 by 29th January 2021
  • £1500 by 29th April 2021
  • £2,250 by 29th July
  • £2,500 by 3rd September

For those who sign up after the January deadline, we have different milestone’s please see our terms and conditions for this information

It's January and I want to take on a challenge this year

Our London Marathon places are very popular and we tend to have filled our spots by October. However, we do have a few dropouts due to injury. To find out more or to see if a place is available, ring our London Marathon co-ordinator Clare on 01905 755977 or email

Please be aware that once the London Marathon console closes, no charity will be able to accept last minute runners.

Why is there a minimum sponsorship?

It is a common belief that charities receive free places for the London Marathon. However, the charity has to pay for each of its places and that is why we work so hard with our fundraisers to ensure you meet your sponsorship targets. We have a friendly fundraising team with bags of ideas as to how you can reach your goals – fundraising doesn’t need to be daunting!

Once the event is over you will then have until six weeks after the completed marathon to collect the rest of your sponsorship money. We will check in with you regularly for a progress update and a chat and we can give you ideas if you feel your fundraising isn’t going as well as you expected. If you do not meet the key fundraising milestones, unfortunately, we will have to pull your place and you will not be able to run in the event. All of this information is available in the Terms and Conditions that you agreed to before signing up.

Why do you ask your runners if they have a link with a blood cancer?

While we’re grateful for any runners, we find that people with a link to a blood cancer find it easier to fundraise as they have an emotional connection to the cause.

What support will I get?

Our team is always on hand to offer you advice and support throughout your marathon journey. We can offer you fundraising materials such as:

  • Banners
  • Posters
  • Flyers

You’ll also receive:

  • Weekly tip emails with advice from our Fundraising Team
  • An official LC running vest
  • An official London Marathon Facebook group so you meet other team members as well as stay up-to-date with important marathon news
  • Bucket loads of support pre and post Race Day


Will I receive a running vest?

All of our registered runners will receive a free Leukaemia Care running vest in January so you can proudly show off who you are running for well ahead of the day. When paying your £50 booking fee you’ll be asked if you would like to purchase an extra Leukaemia Care vest for £15. We offer this to our runners as some people like to have an additional vest. We ask for payment for an extra vest so that more of what you raise goes into our support services and helps us support all those who have been affected by a blood cancer diagnosis.

Why don't you do a post marathon party?

In the past, Leukaemia Care have held a party following the London Marathon for runners and their families. Despite initial enthusiasm, these events were poorly attended and very expensive to run. We want to ensure that your sponsorship money is spent on supporting those affected by a blood cancer diagnosis and therefore, we have a gazebo in St. James’ park instead where marathon runners can relax after the event with some nibbles and water. It’s a great point to meet with friends and families after. This space is free for the charity.

If you’d like some more information or would just like to talk the process through, call our London Marathon Co-Ordinator on 01905 755 977 or email