The 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon has announced plans for the ‘biggest marathon ever staged anywhere in the world’, and is set to take place on 3rd October.
Organisers London Marathon Events confirmed the return of the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon, with 50,000 places available for runners to take on a course of their choice between 00:00:00 to 23:59:59 BST from wherever they are on the planet.
On the same day, a record 50,000 participants are set to run from Blackheath to The Mall in the traditional mass-participation Virgin Money London Marathon on the streets of the capital, something London Marathon Events says will represent an increase of more than 7,000 on the previous finisher record.
“With a national vaccination programme underway, we hope to see an unprecedented 100,000 people take part in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 3 October,” said Hugh Brasher, Virgin Money London Marathon Event Director, said:
“The London Marathon is a wonderful example of sport as a force for good while raising millions for charity. It’s all about communities and people coming together and one of our founding pillars is 'to have fun and provide some happiness and a sense of achievement in a troubled world’.”
The 2020 event was held as an elite-only race around St James’ Park in London, but at the same time more than 37,000 runners completed the first ever Virtual London Marathon from various parts of the world.
Organisers have confirmed that the final finishing total of 37,966 means it has been awarded an official Guinness World Records title for the 'Most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours'.
“The world record-breaking success of the virtual event in 2020 and the incredible stories from participants across the globe showed how the world’s greatest marathon brought light and hope in the darkness of the pandemic,” Brasher added.
“We want to offer that again and we have also accelerated the plans we have been working on for some years to increase the number of finishers on the streets of London to 50,000.
“People can run wherever they are in the world, they can run for charity, they can run for their mental or physical health, or run for the sheer enjoyment of it - whatever the reason, they will be part of a unique day in the history of the London Marathon on Sunday 3rd October.”