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London Marathon FAQs

London Marathon

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I run the London Marathon with Team Plan UK?

Thank you for your interest in joining Team Plan UK to support children across the world at Virgin Money London Marathon 2020. To apply for one of our 15 charity places please fill in our application form. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Can I run for Plan International UK if I have a ballot place?

Sure, we would love to have you! Email our Events Team at and we will very happily welcome you to Team Plan UK!

What do I need to include in my application?

We have limited places in the London Marathon so ask people to include as much detail as possible in their applications. We recommend including lots of information about why you want to run for Plan International UK and what your fundraising plan will be to help your application stand out.

When will I hear if I have a charity place with Plan International UK?

We aim to let everyone know by the end of October, after the ballot has been announced. If offered a place we will let you know about the next steps to pay the £100 registration fee to confirm your marathon place.

Why do I need to fundraise £500 by the 29th January 2019?

We know from our previous Team Plan UK runners that starting fundraising earlier means you have more time to focus on your training as it gets closer to the big day.

We want to make sure you have a fantastic time running and fundraising for Plan International UK which is why we have set this 25% deadline to help you keep on top of things. We have a dedicated team who will be on hand to support you throughout your marathon journey so you will have plenty of help to reach this target.

What should I do if I am worried about fundraising?

We can definitely help with that! Check out our fundraising tips or get in touch with us at

When you register for one of our places we will send through our London Marathon Welcome Pack which is full of advice to get your fundraising started. You will also receive your very own personalised Finish Time Sweepstake to help get those donations rolling in!

What should I do if I have injured myself and can no longer take part?

We are really sorry to hear that. Please get in touch at or call us on 020 3217 0613 so we can talk about next steps.

If possible please let us know you aren’t able to take part before 29 January 2019 so we can offer your place to someone else on our waiting list before the registration deadline.

What if I don’t reach my overall £2000 fundraising target?

If you are worried at all about reaching your £2000 target please get in touch with us as soon as you can – we’re here to help.

If you haven’t been able to raise your £2000 target by six weeks after the deadline we will have a chat with you about doing some further fundraising activities to cover the cost of your place and to support our work to give every child, every chance to reach their potential in life.

Our previous Team Plan UK marathon runners recommend a combination of promoting through social media and organising a couple of events at work or in your local community. We have all the event materials and advice to help you put your fundraising plan into action so make sure to stay in touch.

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