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Virgin Money London Marathon

28 April 2019
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 we'd love to have you on Team A for 2019.

How do I join Team A?

I'd like to apply for a gold bond charity place

Thank you for wanting to apply to join Team A for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon.

We have a limited number of charity places available and allocate these based on the strengths of each individual application. We will review all applications and then get in touch with you by email or telephone to let you know the outcome.

Our application form is online, so please allow yourself some time to complete the application to the best of your ability and please provide us with as much information as possible.

Click the join Team A button below to apply for an Arthritis Research UK charity place.

Join Team A 

I'd like to enter the public ballot

The public ballot is run by the organisers of the London Marathon. The ballot for 2019’s event is due to open on Monday 30th April 2018 and close at 5pm on Friday 4th May 2018. After this time, the only way to secure a place in the London Marathon will be by applying for a charity place.

You can find out more about entering the public ballot here.

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 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 2019 London Marathon will open on Monday 30th April 2018 and close on Friday 4th May 2018. The ballot announcement will be around the end of September or beginning of October 2018.

You must:
  • be 18 years old to take part in this event
  • pick up your race number from the London Marathon exhibition from Wednesday 24 April 2019 – Saturday 27 April 2019. 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 28 June 2019

If you are a guaranteed charity runner: 

  • you must pay your £50 registration fee within 14 days of the place being offered
  • your minimum sponsorship target deadline is the 28 June 2019
  • you cannot transfer your place to another participant if you are unable to take part


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