London Marathon 2021

London Marathon Updates


Important update

The 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon has now been cancelled. For details, please read the full statement and refer to the FAQs which should give you all the information you need.

What this means for our Norwood 2020 runners

We really appreciate how much effort has gone into your fundraising and training and just can’t thank you enough for bearing with us. Like all charities, we are still in conversation with the London Marathon organisers to try and clarify what impact this new development has on our charity places, so we will be in touch again soon once we have all of the details. As you can imagine, the London Marathon organisers have thousands of applications to work through and we have been advised we are unlikely to know more until September. The next London Marathon will be Sunday 3 October 2021 and thereafter April 2022 and April 2023.

Taking part in the Virtual 40th Race 2020

Everyone who had a place for the October 2020 Marathon has still got the exciting opportunity to be part of The 40th Race, running the 26.2 distance anywhere they choose on Sunday 4 October 2020 and you will be contacted directly by the organisers with all the details on how to register. You’ll still be running for Norwood and your Golden Bond place is not affected – you’ll just get to choose your new preferred date for running the actual event too!

For those who had already deferred their Golden Bond place to April 2021 (also cancelled), we will be in contact with you separately once we know more. If you are interested in running the Virtual 40th Race, but have not registered for the London Marathon this year, please drop the Challenges team an email.

The 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon – 3 October 2021

As you can imagine we only have a limited number of places for the London Marathon and demand is always high. We therefore operate an application system. If you have applied for an April 2021 place, we will be in contact with you soon to update you as to whether there will be any available places for October 2021. If you are interested in running for Norwood in October 2021 and have not yet applied, it would be great to hear from you, although please remember that places are going to be more in demand than ever. There is no registration fee to be paid at this stage, we would just like to know why Norwood is important to you. If your application is successful, we will then offer you a confirmed place at which point a registration fee will be due.

Good luck! It’s been a tough year and we really appreciate all of your support.


Pre-register for the October 2021 London Marathon


Any questions?

Talk to Challenges on 020 8420 6811 or email