2020 London Marathon


Event Type:Running




Distance:26.2 miles

Registration Fee

Registration fee:£50

Minimum sponsorship

Minimum sponsorship:£2,000

Event date

Event date:4th Oct 2020

Event time

Event time:From 9am

The 2020 London Marathon

Join the #WishHero team for one of the world's most iconic Marathons and together, we'll create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. 

Looking for 2021 Marathon information? Click here!

Important Event Announcement

In light of the Government’s most recent advice in relation to mass events and COVID-19, the London Marathon has sadly been postponed.

The 40th London Marathon will be taking place on Sunday 4th October 2020. In the meantime, we have launched a virtual challenge, 'Your Marathon, Your Way' to support you all throughout your #WishHero journey. So, we are encouraging all our #WishHeroes to combine those training miles and run 26.2 miles for wishes by the 26th April.

Right now - when more children need our support than ever before - the cancellation of some of our flagship events due to the coronavirus puts around £1m of our fundraising income at risk. This puts our ability to grant children’s wishes under threat.

For more information on how you can be part of Your Marathon, Your Way, please click the link below.

Your Marathon Your Way

There are two types of places available in the London Marathon:

Charity Place

Registrations for the 2020 London Marathon #WishHero team are now closed. If you would like details on how to be part of the team in 2021 then please click here. 

Own Place

Whether you were successful or unsuccessful in the London Marathon public ballot, you can still be part of team #WishHero.

If successful, why not use your Own Place to support Make-A-Wish? Set your own fundraising target and still receive all our support along the way. If unsuccessful, you can now apply for a Charity Place for 2021 here. 

How we'll support you

  • A free Make-A-Wish technical running top
  • Access to our online Training Hub; for training, injury and nutritional advice
  • Support emails and lots of running tips
  • #WishHero training day 
  • Digital Fundraising pack, sponsorship forms and all the materials you may require
  • Private Strava club
  • Loud #WishHero cheer point
  • #WishHero post-race reception
  • Private Team Facebook group

Read about one of our #WishHeroes

2018 #WishHero Gabby, tells her story of running the London Marathon and why she ran for Make-A-Wish.

Gabby’s life turned upside down when her youngest son, Isaac, contracted a very rare strain of e.Coli. He began a three year journey of tests, scans, hospital stays and appointments, including three months in intensive care on a ventilator and dialysis.

Gabby wished for her son to get better, his doctors wished for his body to respond to treatment, but Isaac only wished to play and have fun with his family. Medicine can only go so far, and children's psychological needs stretch beyond this.

Make-A-Wish granted Isaac's wish and sent him to Disneyland Paris, together with all his feeding and medical supplies, for a holiday to overcome the bad memories and explore life beyond his illness.

Following Isaac’s wish in July 2017, Gabby applied for a Make-A-Wish place in the London Marathon because she believes Isaac’s wish changed his life and, in turn, hers.

"My biggest wish for the marathon is to raise awareness and funds for Make-A-Wish. I think what you do isn't given enough credit. For kids like Isaac these wishes are life-changing."


Gabby ran the London Marathon in April 2018 and, in doing so, lost 4.5 stone, raised an incredible £2,225 and importantly got her son back. Gabby hopes her story will inspire you to become a #WishHero and run the London Marathon for Make-A-Wish.

Applications for the 2020 London Marathon are now closed, but you can now apply to be a #WishHero in 2021! You'll hear within 4 weeks whether you’re on the #WishHero team.

Apply for the 2021 London Marathon now