Run the London Marathon for charity

Fancy running 26.2 miles around the UK capital? Take part in one of the world’s best-known athletics events to raise money for Sightsavers and change lives around the world.

Apply for a charity place to run for Sightsavers!
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Steven ran the marathon in aid of Sightsavers in 2022.

When it comes to charity challenges, this world-famous event is the one to beat.

Every year, some 40,000 runners cross the London Marathon start line as they embark on the 26.2-mile course, which snakes its way through central London, passing Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

It’s not just for elite athletes, either: every year, thousands of first-time runners are cheered round the course and over the finish line by crowds of supporters who line the route. The atmosphere is euphoric, emotional and never to be forgotten.

Applications to run for Sightsavers in the 2025 TCS London Marathon are open. To apply for a Sightsavers place, complete our application form.

Note that the official public ballot for general marathon places has now closed. Results are announced in July: read more on the official website.

Athletes run down the streets of London with Big Ben in the background.

Event information

When: Sunday 27 April 2025
Where: London, UK
Registration fee: Free
Fundraising target: £2,000

How to apply

1. Sightsavers charity place

Sightsavers has a limited number of charity ballot places for the event each year. To apply, complete our application form.

  • Charity places are strictly limited. We ask our runners to each fundraise a minimum of £2,000: as a charity, we rely on runners to meet their pledge.
  • We will be in touch with the outcome of your application. If you’re successful and we offer you one of our charity places, we will register you with the organisers. You will then need to complete the registration with them to secure your place.
  • We ask you to fundraise an initial £500 by 22 November 2024. If you miss this deadline, your place may be offered to someone else


2. Public ballot

The official ballot for the 2025 event has now closed, with results announced in July. Find out more on the official website.

If you secure a place through the ballot, we’d love you to fundraise for Sightsavers! If you have a ballot place, you won’t have to achieve a fundraising target, but everything you raise helps to support our vital work. For details, email [email protected].

Ready to run for Sightsavers?

Complete our application form to register your interest.

Apply now

Any fundraising questions? Drop us a line!

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Please do get in touch with any queries. We’d love to hear from you!

Email [email protected]

For answers to some of the most common queries, see our frequently asked questions.

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