2021 Virtual London Marathon - Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare
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2021 Virtual London Marathon

Will you help the animals at Raystede by being part of the world's biggest running event?

Interested in taking part?

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Event Date

3 October 2021

On Sunday 3 October 2021, 50,000 runners will have the chance to be a part of the biggest marathon ever staged anywhere in the world.

The virtual Virgin Money London Marathon will return this year, giving participants the opportunity to take on the world’s greatest marathon on the course of their choice from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59, wherever they are on the planet.

Runners in the virtual event will join a record 50,000 participants who will run the traditional Virgin Money London Marathon from Blackheath to The Mall.

The Official Virgin Money London Marathon App, will enable participants to log their 26.2 miles and earn their official medal and finisher T-shirt. As well as allowing them to track and log their run, the app will help bring the virtual experience to life, with an exclusive audio commentary featuring famous voices providing a memorable soundtrack to the day.

We are looking for runners to take part in this exciting, new challenge for the rescue animals at our centre. We have a limited number of places available. To sign up there's a £15 registration fee and we are asking that you raise £150 for Raystede. Did you know that every £100 you raise could buy a month's worth of food, toys and medication for one of our kennel dogs.


After signing up we will send you a welcome pack and Raystede sporty challenge top. You will also receive support leading up to your event and the offer of a tour of Raystede so that you can see the animals you're helping by running for us.

Since this event is a virtual challenge it will definitely be able to go ahead and whether you're a beginner or an expert runner you will have a whole day to complete it.

If you have your own place in either the 2021 London Marathon or Virtual London Marathon, you can still join the team and run for the animals at Raystede.

Let us know you have secured your own place and would like to run for us, by following this link.

After signing up you will receive:

  • A welcome pack
  • Raystede Sporty Top
  • Support leading up to the event
  • A tour of Raystede

By running for Raystede you will be helping us to recover from the pandemic. Every £150 you raise could help heat Raystede for a day to make sure that all the animals are kept warm.

If you have any questions about the Virtual London Marathon, you can contact us on 01825 840747 or email fundraising@raystede.org