This year, the 40th Virgin London Marathon will be taking place virtually! The ‘race of its time’ will see runners taking part across the country, logging their journeys on an app to receive a medal and coveted marathon t-shirt. This will be one of the most inclusive marathons ever, with a time limit of eight hours and where participants can choose their own route.

We are especially grateful to our Born Free runners this year, who have chosen to persevere with their training and take part in this unique event in aid of our work:

Ritchi Edwards
Tracy Guild
Philip McCulloch
Ella Mutch
Sophie Orr

Good luck everyone and thank you so much for all your hard work!

Keep your eyes peeled on 4th October for Born Free’s own marathon runners, wearing our running vests, and cheer them on where you can!


Ritchi Edwards is one of our intrepid runners who will complete a 26.2 mile marathon course on 4th October. Actor and animal lover Ritchi is also an official advocate for Born Free.

He says: “Born Free is a charity which has a very special place in mine and my mother’s hearts, and I am delighted to be taking part in the virtual 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon in aid of this special cause.

“This will be my first marathon and one of the biggest challenges of my life so far! My cousin Dec and I will be running from Witham in Essex to Colchester and back – a full 26.2 miles!

“It’s my 30th birthday in September and I couldn’t ask for a better gift than a donation to my marathon fundraising page. I know times are hard but I really appreciate all the support so far!”


Would you like to challenge yourself by running the Virgin London Marathon for Born Free in 2021?

We can offer support and tips to help you fundraise and will provide you with a very fetching Born Free running vest!

For more information, please contact our Events Manager Joanne Bartholomew.

Tips for marathon runners

Keith MacIntosh, UKA Licensed Athletics Coach has put together a series of top tips for those training for a marathon.

Keith says: “These are not detailed training plans. The priority is more about settling in slowly, starting to build good habits, and thinking about how you’ll get through the process in a way that is right for you. If anyone has a specific question they’re keen to get answered, please drop me an email at: and I’ll come back with some thoughts.”

Click on the buttons below to read more.

Step 1 - Preparing to train   Step 2 - Plans and planning   Step 3 - Strength and mobility   Step 4 - Training sessions   Step 5 - Running technique   Step 6 - Technology   Step 7 - Nutrition   Step 8 - The long run   Step 9 - Recoveries & injuries



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