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Virgin Money London Marathon

22 April 2018
Blackheath Common, SE3
Team A runner Joe

26.2 miles starting in Blackheath, weaving through the streets of London past some of the most iconic landmarks in the world. Run through Westminster and past Big Ben and head towards the home straight reaching Buckingham Palace and The Mall.

The London Marathon is a truly unforgettable experience and 2018 is set to be bigger and better than ever.

Arthritis Research UK is merging with Arthritis Care to become one charity this autumn. The unmet need of people with arthritis is substantial and we have the chance to transform the lives of hundreds of thousands more people living with arthritis. Together we will do more to change attitudes towards arthritis, provide more and better support and research for treatments, interventions and cures.

Join us for our biggest ever London Marathon team and help us make a difference to the lives of even more people with arthritis.

How do I join Team A?

Apply for a guaranteed charity place

Guaranteed charity place applications for 2018's London Marathon are now open! To apply, simply complete our online application form here.

Here we ask you about your reason for wanting to support us, what activities you’re planning to hit your fundraising target of £2,000, as well as information about your previous fundraising experience.

Please provide us with as much information as possible as this will help the strength of your application. Please note that the £50 registration fee is not payable until confirmation of successfully securing one of our guaranteed charity places.

We receive a high volume of applications for a very limited number of places, please bear with us why we work through all applications but we aim to let you know the outcome within a couple of months.

I would like to enter the public ballot

The public ballot has now closed and will be announced in late September or early October 2017. If you selected Arthritis Research UK when entering the ballot, we will keep you up to date with any information you will need.

What do I get?

All our Team A runners receive:

  • an official welcome pack, including our Guide to Fundraising with tips and advice to help raise vital funds for Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care, sponsorship forms and posters to help promote your fundraising
  • top training, nutritional and health advice to make sure you’re ready for the big day
  • an official orange running vest to wear on the big day with letters to spell out your name
  • support from our events team before, during and after your challenge
  • an invitation to our post-race party to celebrate your success with friends and family
  • dedicated Team A cheer points on the day around the route
  • access to our Team A Closed Facebook Community where you can chat to follow Team A members about training tips and fundraising ideas

What else do I need to know?

We receive a high volume of applications for our London Marathon places. Please do bear with us whilst we process all applications. You will receive a phone call or email from the events team letting you know the outcome of your application.  If you successfully secure a guaranteed charity place with Arthritis Research UK and Arthritis Care you will have a £50 registration fee and a minimum sponsorship target of £2,000.

The public ballot for the 2018 London Marathon has now closed and will be announced around the beginning of October 2017.   

You must:

  • be 18 years old to take part in this event
  • pick up your race number from the London Marathon exhibition from Wednesday 18 April 2018 – Saturday 21 April 2018. Failure to do so will result in you not being able to take part on the day

If you are a ballot place runner:

  • pay your registration fee directly with the organisers by cut-off date provided by them
  • you will have no minimum sponsorship target, you can raise as much as possible
  • you will receive the same support from the events team as all of our runners do
  • all sponsorship raised must be sent to us by the 22 June 2018

If you are a guaranteed charity runner: 

  • you must pay your £50 registration fee within 7 days of the place being offered
  • your minimum sponsorship target deadline is the 22 June 2018
  • you cannot transfer your place to another participant if you are unable to take part


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