Virgin Money London Marathon

Blonde lady running and smiling at the cameraThe 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.

Registration for 2017 has now closed but tell us you're interested for 2018 and make sure you don't miss out for another year.

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

What's the difference between being alive and really living?

We provide the highest quality of care to all the people we support, and the money you raise will go towards the extras. Like equipment that helps someone speak to their children for the first time, or a trip in a specially adapted minibus so they can visit a friend or go to the pub.

‘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 are running the London Marathon 2016 for us:

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

'I really enjoyed the day and was super-impressed with the support offered by Leonard Cheshire. I'm glad the funds are going to a good cause and should you be looking for people to run in next year's marathon I'd be interested!' — Jan, 2015 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 2017 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, including a £50 Experience Days gift voucher.

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.