London Marathon 2020

26th April 2020 


Waiting for those ballot results? Whether it's a YES or a NO, we have charity places available for you!


Join #TeamOrange for the most incredible and iconic running event in the year! Be one of the 40,000 people taking part in one of the most popular marathons in the world.


Crossing the finish lines after 26.2 miles could be one of your greatest achievements, made even better by the fact that you’ll be raising funds to give clean, safe water to poor communities. We’ll support you every step of the way, right up until you’re perched on the starting line ready to undergo the most exhilarating race of your life!


We have a limited number of charity places available. Apply today for the chance of securing guaranteed entry, or use your ballot place to join our team and help make a huge difference to some of the world's most poorest people.




If you have your own place, please click below to complete our form and we will be in touch to help you make a big difference with your fundraising.


"I have my own place" Click here.

Ballot Entry

The London Marathon ballot results will be released from Monday 7th October. If you're successful in the ballot we'd love for you to join our team. There is no minimum sponsorship requirement if you have your own place, just complete our form and let us know that you'd like to join #TeamOrange. Our fundraising team will be in touch to ensure you have a positive enriching fundraising journey and plenty support with your training too.


Apply for a charity place here


2020 Charity places

We have a limited number of guaranteed places, which you can apply for by clicking the button above. Due to high demand and limited places, there is a minimum sponsorship requirement of £2,000 for our charity places.


Why join #TeamOrange? 


We’ll be with you throughout the whole experience, from the moment you sign up to the moment you cross the finish line. All the support and encouragement we can give will be available for you whenever, and wherever you need it!


Join us and you will receive…


  • A unique #TeamOrange technical running vest or t-shirt
  • #TeamOrange fundraising pack & advice from our friendly & experienced fundraising team
  • Online forum to meet fellow #TeamOrange London Marathon runners
  • #TeamOrange cheer stations to give you all the encouragement & support on race day
  • Balloons, t-shirts, wristbands, wigs, cheer sticks, giant glove& much more for your friends & family so they can cheer you on in #Team Orange spirit from our cheers stations
  • Invitation to #TeamOrange group training sessions
  • Marathon “Pasta Party” on the eve of race day for runners, and family
  • Opportunities to volunteer with #TeamOrange and take part in various other campaigns, events, and sponsored challenges; including mountain climbs, sky dives, international challenges etc.


Your fundraising could make all the difference...


Dig Deep With Penny Appeal- You can run the Virgin Money London Marathon to fund the construction of an entire water well that will serve a community day in, day out, providing them with fresh, clean water.  We all know that water is an essential need – but as well as being integral to stay hydrated, it is also indispensable to feed livestock and other animals so a regular source of income can be maintained, paving the way for the freedom of self-sufficiency we take for granted. Penny Appeal’s Dig Deep campaign aims to provide safe, clean drinking water for children, families and the elderly living in Africa


START FUNDRAISING



Big Deep London Marathon

Community Deep Water Well - £4,000


By raising £4,000, you could give a whole community in Africa the water they need to thrive. In dry regions, wells need to be 10 meters deep before clean water is reached. Build a community well in your name or in the name of a loved one and give hundreds of people clean water for generations to come. 


There's no limit to how much you can raise. £8000 will fund two wells, and £12,000 could build three wells; transforming the lives of 3 entire communities. How many wells will you build? DIG DEEP with Penny Appeal and start fundraising by joining our CAMPAIGN PAGE today.

Thirst Relief - A Cause to Dig Deep

Meet some of our runners...


Lynne showing her medal

Lynne Northcott - AKA @JogonHijabi

"I applied for a London Marathon charity place with Penny Appeal because it was a personal challenge that I wanted to achieve before turning 40 in July 2019. I had never ran a marathon before, and I thought my first one had to be London! Fundraising for water wells in the Gambia gave me the motivation to keep going when the training got tough. In the last few weeks before tapering I was running for up to 8 hours per week. Keeping in mind the hundreds of lives that would be transformed, kept me striving. The actual day, the hottest London Marathon on record, was amazing. Water stations were running out of water and runners were calling out to spectators if they had any to share with them. True to my nickname "Jogonhijabi" I just kept jogging on. Feeling the thirst only gave me extra zeal to complete the miles, thinking of the people of Gambia who walk miles in the heat to collect and carry water back to their homes.  I was a little worried at first about the fundraising target but I had so much support from friends, family and the online community, and managed to raise over £17,000. I really appreciated the support I received from Penny Appeal with my fundraising and the peer support from the rest of the team was great too. I felt like I was part of the Team Orange family. I even went to visit one of my wells that was being built, whilst I was on holiday in Africa. This only spurred me on to fundraise even more. Running with Penny Appeal has been one of the best chapters of my life, it could be your favourite moment too."


Haroon Mota shows his medal

Haroon Mota - Penny Appeal Fundraising Manager

AKA 'Marathon Man'

"I absolutely love running and nothing satisfies me more than bringing people together to get active for good causes and helping motivate others to achieve their goals. I've applied in the London Marathon ballot for 8 consecutive years and have never been successful, but it hasn't stopped me getting here. I've now ran the London Marathon 6 times and have always ran for charity. We've just had an amazing 2019 London Marathon campaign which saw our team raise over £50,000. The majority of our runners were first timers so it's a great achievement for them to complete 26.2 miles for the first time. We're extremely proud of our runners and hope that more people will join us for 2029. Enter the ballot if you fancy your luck, but if you're serious about taking on the challenge then you really should apply for one of our charity places. Hurry, we have limited spaces".

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Ash Wallace


I had started running back in 2015 to lose weight, I had completed a few 10K fundraising runs for Penny Appeal where I had raised money for various projects including campaigns such as 'Feed our world' and 'Thirst Relief'. 

After numerous 10K runs, I decided to take the plunge and go for the biggie and decided to apply for the London Marathon 2019 with Penny Appeal and this was to help build water-wells in Africa.

I started my training in December of 2018 and was running 3 times a week.  My schedule included 7 miles on Tuesdays, 3 miles on a Thursday and anything between 15 to 20 miles on a Sunday. My runs on a Sunday would start at 8am in the morning and finish at 12pm in the afternoon. It was a big sacrifice to make over 4 months giving up Sundays with the family, but knowing that friends and family were sponsoring me kept me going.

I was a little worried at first about the fundraising target but with a bit of a push I managed to raise over £8,000. I really appreciated the support I received from Penny Appeal with my fundraising and the peer support from the rest of the team was great too. It was great being part of a bigger team and the support via the WhatsApp group was brilliant and made me feel like I was part of the Team Orange family. 

On the day of the marathon the atmosphere was just amazing.  The weather was perfect for running, it was great to have family there at different parts of the race and knowing the Team Orange cheer station was at certain mile markers really kept me going.

My hardest mile came at mile 20 when my Garmin watch said I’d done 22 miles and for me to see the 20 mile marker, my head went a little bit and I walked for about 5 minutes but the support from the spectators was so good and gave me so much energy I had to start running again. I finished the race in under 5 hours which was my target and it was great to see the team after the race and discuss how it had been for everyone. I said I’d never do another marathon however I’m looking at maybe doing the Berlin Marathon in 2020 with Penny Appeal. I’m also running the Great North Run in September 2019.

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Imran Musa


Running has been a huge intrinsic passion of mine, especially in the last few years. Using what ­­­­I love in order to spark a better life for others partly for the remembrance of my late brother led me to run the great London marathon with Penny Appeal. Water is something absolutely no person can live without and unfortunately with still so many not being able to get access to clean water, I could only dedicate this challenging run to raise money for those that were in need of accessible water wells in Africa.

Whilst running brought mass joy in knowing the difference it could make to others lives, it was also an enormous challenge that I managed to overcome. The unique experience that came from taking part in the marathon in relation to Penny Appeal has only motivated me to again consider supporting such a wonderful charity.

After realising the impact of inaccessibility of water and the challenge I was to take on, both my friends and family donated, however my biggest support came from my two brothers who supported from start to finish.

Overall it has been a fantastic experience and I’m glad I took the chance to take part in such an amazing event when I did.


For more information on running the Virgin Money London Marathon for Penny Appeal contact Haroon haroon.mota@pennyappeal.org or call 07714 249215



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