Virgin Money London Marathon

The Virgin Money London Marathon is the world's most iconic marathon. The famous 26.2 mile route takes runners along the streets of central London to the finish line on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

If you have a ballot place you can still run with us next April. Just contact Lucy on 020 3242 0264.

Sharon running the marathonJoin team Leonard Cheshire today

We believe in for a society in which every person is equally valued. We think disabled people should have the freedom to live their lives the way they choose. To have the opportunity and support to live independently, to contribute and participate fully in society.

What we do goes far beyond providing social care. We help disabled people find and remain in employment. We build confidence through information, advice and guidance, and to break down barriers through access to computers and adapted IT equipment.

Through specialised programmes we support disabled people into employment and education both nationally and internationally. 

‘Reasons we run’

Everyone has a different reason for taking on the challenge of the London Marathon. Find out what motivates some of the amazing people who ran the London Marathon for us:

Firstly, Nicky Ashwell spoke to the BBC ahead of the the marathon to explain the reasons she was running but also why she had chosen to support our charity.

'The marathon was a great experience. The support in the run-up was much appreciated, and the support on the day from the crowds was fantastic, especially of course the Leonard Cheshire cheering spots!' — David, 2017 runner

How we help you

Whether you have a ballot place or one of our charity places, we'll give our runners five-star support to make their 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon the experience of a lifetime. Here's what our runners receive:

  • A hero's welcome! A welcome pack with free team running vest and advice on training and fundraising.
  • Team training days in the lead up to the event in London's Hyde Park.
  • Fundraising support, with a dedicated events team member on hand at all times.
  • Prizes for our top fundraisers.

On race day:

  • Noisy cheering points along the London Marathon route where friends and family can join.
  • Amazing finishers' party with a free sports massage, food and drink, goody bag and a very big round of applause!

Where does my money go?

8 out of 10 disabled people were not born with their disability.

Many have become disabled after an accident, or from a stroke, cancer or developing conditions like multiple sclerosis or motor neurone disease. These life-changing circumstances can stop people in their tracks. Your marathon fundraising will make sure they can live a full life again, and achieve their dreams.

Watch our video to get to know some of the people Leonard Cheshire Disability has supported to rebuild their lives.

  • £200 could pay to train two teachers in the developing world the skills they need to teach disabled children and non-disabled children together.
  • £800 can buy a touch screen monitor enabling people with limited movement in their hands to use computer equipment.
  • £2,000 could buy a ‘tilt table’ to provide pain relief and help breathing, digestion, bone density and posture for a disabled person with little or no movement in their limbs.