London Marathon FAQs

London Marathon charity places

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What is a London Marathon charity place? 

A #TeamMND London Marathon charity place is a place in the event that you have secured through the MND Association.

To secure a place, you must apply and if your application is successful, you will be asked to pay a £75 registration fee and raise a minimum of £2700 to support the fight against MND.

Applications for 2025 closed on 20 May 2024. If you applied, we'll let you know if you've been succesful by the end of June.

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Why is there an application process? 

We have a limited number of places available in the London Marathon, therefore we run an application process which we then use to offer our charity places. 

The application consists of a number of questions relating to why you want to run for #TeamMND and your fundraising plans, which are reviewed using a scoring system to make it as fair as possible. 

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How do I apply for a #TeamMND charity place?  

Charity place applications for the 2025 event closed on 20 May. You can register your interest to hear if they re-open here.

If you applied, we'll be in touch by the end of June to let you know if you have been succesful.
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When is the deadline to apply for a #TeamMND charity place?  

Applications to secure a charity place in the 2025 London Marathon closed on 20 May. 
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I use a wheelchair, can i apply?  

Unfortunately, we are unable to allocate our charity places to paticipants in wheelchairs who require assistance on the course. This is due to the event organiser's restriction on numbers. Please apply in the ballot for assisted places which will open in the summer (date tbc).

However, if you are planning to take part in a self propelled wheelchair that adheres to the event guidelines, we can accept your application.
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What happens next if i'm succesful in securing a #TeamMND London Marathon charity place?  

If you are successful in securing a charity place with us, you will receive an email from us to let you know by the end of June. If you are successful, you will then be asked to pay a £75 non refundable registration fee to confirm your place with us, by an agreed date. You will also be asked to pledge to raise a minimum of £2,700, with £750 due by 31 October 2024 (excluding gift aid).
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I'm not sure i'll be able to raise the minimum sponsorship.  

We'd ask that you only accept one of our limited charity places if you are confident you can meet the minimum sponsorship requirement of £2,700. This includes raising £750 before 31 October 2024. We will help and support you in achieving your target by providing fundraising materials and plenty of fundraising tips, advice and support. We'll also connect you with your London Marathon teammates and encourage you to share ideas.  

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Will you tell me if i'm unsucesful in securing a place with #TeamMND?

Yes, you will be notified via email by the end of June if you have been unsuccessful in securing a charity place with us.

We receive a very high volume of applications, therefore unfortunately we cannot offer everyone a place, and we are unable to offer feedback on individual applications.

London Marathon Ballot

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What is the London Marathon ballot?  

The public ballot is a system London Marathon Events use to offer entries into the event. You enter the ballot and the winners are drawn at random. Everyone has the same chance – it is down to the luck of the draw! If you are successful, you’ll be allocated a place in the next TCS London Marathon.
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How do I enter the London Marathon Ballot?

The ballot for the 2025 London Marathon has now closed. You will find out if you have been succesful in July.
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I use a wheelchair, can I enter the public ballot?

Please refer the London Marathon information on partcipants with disabilities for advice on the best way to enter. 

The ballot for assisted wheelchair entries in the 2025 London Marathon will open in the summer (date tbc).
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Can I join #TeamMND with my ballot place?  

Yes, we’d love you to join our team. Once you know that you have been succesful, please let us know by clicking 'I have my own place' on the London Marathon webpage.

It is free to join #TeamMND, and you won't be asked to raise a minimum sponsorship with a ballot place. We simply ask that you raise as much as you can. 

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Can I enter the ballot and apply for a #TeamMND charity place?

Yes, we encourage everyone to enter the ballot the increase their chances of getting a place in the London Marathon.

If you are offered a charity place and are later sucessulf in the ballot, we'd appreciate it if you returned your charity place so that we can offer it to someone else and ultimately raise more money in the fight against MND. Unfortunately our registration fees are non refundable, however you will no longer have the commitment of raising £2700. We simply ask you to raise as much as you can!
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I have a good for age place, can I still join #TeamMND?

Absolutely, we’d love to welcome you to the team! Please complete our own place form on the event page to let us know, and a member of our team will be in touch.

You can see if you are eligibile for a good for age place, and apply here.