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running Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 London 22 Apr 2018 to 22 Apr 2018 26.2 miles
  • Registration fee: £100
  • Fundraising target: £2000 

Could you take on the iconic Virgin Money London Marathon for Become in 2018?

Running past the capital's world-famous landmarks with up to 38,000 others, the funds you raise will help change the lives of children in care and young care leavers.

The 26-mile course welcomes first time marathoners and elite athletes alike, with thousands of spectators lining the route to cheer the runners on. If you become part of the marathon with us this year, you'll be running from picturesque Greenwich Park, into the heart of the city, over Tower Bridge and onwards to the finish line, bathed in glory on The Mall with Buckingham Palace as your backdrop.

Since the first London Marathon in 1981, runners have raised more than £830 million for charity. This makes it the largest annual one-day fundraising event in the world. Become part of the Virgin Money London Marathon 2018 and help change young lives.

If your application to run for Become is successful, we will support you every step of the way.

How we will support you

  • Become running vest
  • Personalised fundraising pack full of brilliant ideas 
  • Ongoing fundraising and training support to help you achieve your goals
  • Support from a Become cheer team on the big day
  • The opportunity to make a positive difference to the lives of young people in care

How you will make a difference

Your fundraising can be transformative for children and young people who have been in care. The money you raise will enable us to provide vital help, support and advice to young people through our coaching programme, Care Advice Line, campaigning and policy work. We believe that even the lives of the most vulnerable and traumatised children and young people can be turned around, and our mission is to make that happen.

Find out more about our work.

How to apply

Become has one place at the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon. To apply to become our Virgin Money London Marathon runner for 2018, please fill out our online application form. We can't wait to hear all about you!

Click here to go to the online application form.  

If you have any questions about your application, please contact Leanne Wenham, our Fundraising Officer, at

If you already have a place... 

If you have been successful in the ballot for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, congratulations! We'd love you to fundraise for Become. If you want to help change the lives of children in care and young care leavers, please contact Leanne at

Photo credit: Thomas Lovelock for Virgin Money London Marathon, 2017