Virgin Money London Marathon 2021

Sunday 3 October 2021

Run the London Marathon for Pilgrims in October 2021.

Each year, more than 40,000 runners flock to London to take on the iconic London Marathon, the largest annual fundraising event in the world. Since 1981 the London Marathon has weaved from east to west, starting in Greenwich and finishing in Westminster.

You’ll begin your 26.2 mile challenge in Greenwich park where you’ll have the chance to look over the beautiful city of London before it’s filled with fellow runners all taking on their own challenge. As you head for Westminster you’ll pass Charlton House, the Royal Artillery Barracks and the historic Cutty Sark. At 12.5 miles you’ll cross Tower Bridge to crowds of cheers and applause, shortly after you’ll view the infamous Tower of London and at 18.5 miles you’ll run through the business centre of London, Canary Wharf. As you cross the Blackwall Basin you’ll catch a glimpse of the 02 arena to your right before you enter the Blackwall Tunnel at mile 24 where you’ll emerge to a cheering crowd for the final miles. The stretch along the Victoria Embankment will give you views of the London Eye and Big Ben across the River Thames and in the final few miles you’ll run parallel to St James Park as the crowds begin to grow as you round the Victoria Memorial onto the Mall and you’ll set your sights on the memorable finish line.

London Marathon have made the decision to move the 2021 event from its usual April date to October to maximise the chances of the mass participation event being able to take place.

Ballot entry to London Marathon

The 2021 ballot results will be announced in early January 2021. If you are lucky enough to receive a ballot place in London Marathon 2021, and would like to raise much-needed funds for hospice care in east Kent, we would love to hear from you!

By using your place to run in support of Pilgrims Hospices you will be helping us to be there for the next family who need us, raising just £100 will enable us to provide 4 hours of specialist end-of-life at one of our inpatient units in Ashford, Canterbury or Margate.

Apply to run in 2022

Pilgrims Hospices have now closed applications for London Marathon 2021. However, if you’re keen to join more than 40,000 fellow runners as you take on the 26.2 mile route around the city of London, in support of local hospice care, to the cheers and applause of the crowds that line the city’s streets, then why not apply to run for Pilgrims in 2022?

Click here to apply for London Marathon 2022

Alternatively, you can download our London Marathon application form, complete it and return via email or post to:

Please note: We ask those running with a Pilgrims Hospices Gold Bond place in London Marathon to commit to raise at least £1,800. Applications are accepted until early September, shortly after which you will be contacted as to the success of your application.




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Contact name: Lydia Todd