We Run Together

Virgin Money London Marathon
Virgin Money London Marathon
Natalie Clarkson
by Natalie Clarkson
25 August 2021

On Sunday 3 October, 889 days since it was last held in April 2019, the Virgin Money London Marathon will return to the streets of London. 

On the same day, 50,000 people around the world will take on 26.2 miles on a course of their choosing in the virtual race.

In a new short film celebrating the return of the race, Virgin Money London Marathon features 55 participants of the 2021 event. It also features an original piece written by spoken word artist John Bernard. 

“Sunday 3 October will be an extraordinary day in our history and our We Run Together campaign captures perfectly how emotional and wonderful it will be,” event director Hugh Brasher said. “Back in 1981, my father Chris Brasher and John Disley created the London Marathon to show how the family of humankind can be united and ‘to have fun and provide some happiness and a sense of achievement in a troubled world.’ This year, that is more important than ever before.

“Wherever people are running their marathon – whether it be on the streets of London, or anywhere else in the world as part of the virtual event – they will do it together. That is what makes the London Marathon so special. We are one family. We Run Together.”

Who’s running?

People from all walks of life will be taking on the 26.2-mile challenge on 3 October. Among those featured in the film are:

  • Key workers including Iona Simpson, a midwife who is running for the children’s charity Tommy’s, plus four Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust workers: Jo Gennari, Linda Machakaire, Jonathan Bird and Bunmi Ogunlesi

  • Claire Nash and Wayne Flanagan, who will run in memory of their daughter Jade who died at 10 days old

  • Chris Johnson, a father of three with incurable cancer who is raising money for Children With Cancer UK

  • Members of running groups including Runderbolts, Run Dem Crew, Emancipated Run Crew and Track Mafia

Virgin Money London Marathon
Virgin Money London Marathon
  • Rajinder Singh, the 73-year-old skipping Sikh

  • Oldest runners Ken Jones, 88, and Eileen Noble, 87

  • London Marathon Charitable Trust 40th anniversary runners, including Mark Underwood and Michael Adamson

  • Elite athletes including British stars Charlotte Purdue and David Weir, plus reigning Virgin Money London Marathon elite women’s champion and world record holder Brigid Kosgei

  • Ewen Wilson who is running for the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon charity of the year, Macmillan Cancer Support 

Visit Virgin Money London Marathon to find out more.