Places for the Virtual London Marathon become available today

Places for the Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon go on sale from 10am today (Tuesday February 16).

The virtual 2021 London Marathon takes place on Sunday October 3 alongside the traditional event on the same day.

The virtual event was held for the first time last year and was awarded a Guinness World Records title for the Most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours with 37,966 finishers.

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It was also the most inclusive marathon in the 40-year history of the event with participants able to complete the 26.2-mile distance any time between 00:00 and 23:59:59 BST on the day.

Runners at the finish line after completing the marathon. The Virgin Money London Marathon, 28 April 2019. Photo: Thomas Lovelock for Virgin Money London Marathon For further information: [email protected] SUS-210216-083200001

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon, says the virtual concept has opened up the event to a whole new group of people, many of whom would never have previously dreamed of completing a marathon before.

“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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Participants can complete the 26.2 miles on the course of their choice any time from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59 BST. The Virgin Money London Marathon App, powered by TCS, will enable runners to track and record their runs.

All finishers will be sent the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon New Balance finisher’s T-shirt and official medal.