The London Marathon will be taking place on Sunday 3 October 2021. Learn more about how you can help support our work by taking part.

The 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon is set to be the biggest marathon ever staged anywhere in the world, with an incredible 100,000 runners scheduled to take part on Sunday 3 October.

Join #TeamDonkey and raise money for donkeys and mules in need. You can make the difference by supporting us in alleviating suffering for these undervalued, downtrodden, overworked and mistreated animals.

What is the London Marathon?

The London Marathon is an epic 26.2-mile race. It starts in Greenwich and takes in some of London’s greatest sights – the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Cleopatra’s Needle, the London Eye and the Houses of Parliament, before you run down The Mall to cross the finish line in front of Buckingham Palace.

What is the Virtual London Marathon?

No matter where you live, from Lands’ End to John O’Groats or anywhere in the world, you can be a part of the incredible event by running on a course of your choice. You have 23hr 59mins and 59seconds to complete the run. 50,000 runners will be taking part in this year's Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon.

What support will I receive as part of #TeamDonkey?

We recognise that undertaking the Marathon is no mean feat, but rest assured, we will be with you every step of the way, from your pre-marathon training through to that finish line glory. #TeamDonkey is here for you!

Your package of support will include help with your fundraising, promotion of your training, a top-quality branded running vest and an enthusiastic team to cheer you along on the day.

If you are as passionate about donkeys and their welfare and are interested in running the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon fill in an application below.

Interested in running the 2021 London Marathon for The Donkey Sanctuary?

Fill in your application form today

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Can I apply to join #TeamDonkey in 2022?

We are not currently accepting applications for our Golden Bond places in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2022, taking place on Sunday 24 April. However, if you are interested in running the London Marathon 2022 on behalf of The Donkey Sanctuary, then please register your interest by contacting our community fundraising team. We will then contact you when applications open with details on how to apply.