Serving Persecuted Christians Worldwide - Running - Open Doors UK & Ireland

Run for their lives

Could you help bring vital food and aid to those persecuted believers who need it most, by running for their lives? Apply for a coveted place in the Virgin Money London Marathon 2021 or join the amazing new VIRTUAL Virgin Money London Marathon and run your race your way.

Virtual London Marathon 2021. Your race. Your way.

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Join 50,000 other virtual runners for your 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 a course of their choice wherever they are on the planet.

As well as allowing you to track and log your run and earn your medal and finisher T-shirt, the official London Marathon app will help bring the virtual experience to life, with an exclusive audio commentary featuring famous voices providing a memorable soundtrack to the day.

Date: 3 October (00:00:00 to 23:59:59)
Fundraising target: £500
Location: wherever you are on the planet
Minimum age: 18
Registration fee: £0

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Virgin Money London Marathon 2021

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We are delighted to announce that Open Doors has been allocated a charity ballot place for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2021. This incredible event is set to be the world’s first 100,000 person marathon and will take place on the traditional London course from Blackheath to The Mall.

Feel the buzz of the music and the crowds cheering you on as you wind around the peaks of Canary Wharf and along Victoria Embankment before finishing on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. Apply now for your opportunity to take part in the world’s most iconic road race and raise support for your persecuted family.

Date: 3 October 2021
Fundraising target: £2000
Location: Blackheath to the Mall, London
Minimum age: 18
Registration fee: £0
Announcement of the lucky runner: mid March 2021

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Got your own place?

Got your own place for a running event? Or even an idea for a different running challenge?

Great! Fundraise your chosen amount for Open Doors and we’ll support you all the way. Just tell us about it here and we’ll be in touch.

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Mike Walker, Bristol

“It’s been a blast – a massive thank you to everyone who donated, cheered me on and ran with me. When we hear about the persecution of our brothers and sisters worldwide, it can sometimes feel a hopeless situation we can do nothing about. But all of us can do something - and for me, that ‘something’ was using my legs to run a half marathon!”

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