2021 Virgin Money London Marathon spots go on sale today

Jane McGuire
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Photo credit: SOPA Images - Getty Images
Photo credit: SOPA Images - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • Places for the Virgin Money London Marathon virtual race go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 16 February.

  • Participants will have 24 hours to complete the distance.

If you didn't get a spot in the mass-participation race, or you've been inspired by all the marathon talk and want to attempt your first 26.2 miles this autumn, you can now buy a spot in the virtual London Marathon, taking place on Sunday 3 October 2021.

Last year's virtual race was recently awarded a Guinness World Records title for the Most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours, as 37,966 runners crossed the virtual finish line. This year, organisers are opening the virtual race to 50,000 runners, in an attempt to get more runners than ever involved in the iconic event.

Runners have the option to complete the 26.2-mile distance any time on Sunday 3 October, between 00:00 and 23:59:59. On the day, 50,000 runners will also hopefully take to the streets of London in the traditional mass participation race from Blackheath to The Mall, making this the largest London Marathon on record.

Entries cost £28, plus an additional £10 for international runners. All runners will receive the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon New Balance finisher’s T-shirt and official medal.

Runners can enter the race here

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the London Marathon said, 'Our first virtual Virgin Money London Marathon last year was a real eye-opener for us. An incredible 37,967 participants across the UK and around the globe took part and many of those were taking on a marathon for the very first time. It was, without doubt, the most inclusive marathon in our history.

'Giving participants 23 hours, 59 minutes and 59 seconds to complete the 26.2-mile distance meant we removed many of the barriers that have stopped so many attempting a marathon. Everyone did the marathon their way: some ran the whole way, others walked, while some broke up the distance into manageable parts over the day and night. Some did it on their own, some did it supported by friends and family, others did it with running groups. It was an incredible, inclusive day when the spirit of the London Marathon brought everyone together in a unique way.

'By signing up for the virtual 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon, participants will experience something truly special as part of the world’s greatest and largest marathon. All finishers will receive the official medal and New Balance T-shirt and go down in the record books as a finisher of the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon.'

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