The London Marathon Charitable Trust's 40th anniversary


In 2021, The London Marathon Charitable Trust celebrates its 40th anniversary. Since 1981, The Trust has been providing funding for projects which inspire thousands of children and adults across the UK to be active for life. Here are a few highlights of what we’ve been able to achieve in this time:

To celebrate The Trust’s 40th Anniversary, we have launched the #LMCT40 campaign – a year of events and initiatives marking this significant milestone and 40 years of inspiring activity.

The Trust’s 40 Anniversary Places in the Virgin Money London Marathon

As part of the #LMCT40 campaign, The Trust is delighted to invite existing grantees to apply for one of 40 Anniversary Places in the Virgin Money London Marathon, offering 40 grantee organisations a guaranteed entry for the world-famous event.

This special opportunity is open to almost all organisations that have received funding from The Trust since its formation in 1981 - see our FAQs for more information on who is eligible to apply.

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate how their organisation will use an Anniversary Place in the world’s greatest marathon to inspire activity. Your nominated participant can be anyone directly related to your organisation (such as a part-time or full-time member of staff, a volunteer or trustee), or a beneficiary involved in your organisation’s activities. They must be 18 years or older on the event day (Sunday 3 October 2021) and must have the full support of your organisation’s CEO/Chair to apply.

For more information and tips on applying for one of The Trust’s 40 Anniversary Places in the Virgin Money London Marathon, please see our FAQs. If you have any other questions not covered in the FAQs, please email

Please visit the Virgin Money London Marathon website for more information.

The deadline to apply is 17:00 on Friday 16 April 2021 and only one entry per organisation is permitted.

The 40 successful organisations will be notified on Monday 17 May 2021 – good luck!

Our impact

Our grantee organisations are vital in helping us in achieving our mission of inspiring activity across the UK. We want to use the #LMCT40 campaign to share the impact of our funding and the stories of our grantee organisations in using the power of sport and physical activity to create happier and healthier communities. Stories like the below:

Tell us your story

Is your organisation one of the beneficiaries of a grant from The Trust? What project did the funding support and what has the legacy been? We would love to hear from you and use your information to help us celebrate our historic 40th Anniversary.

If you have a story, please let us know by filling out the form below and return to

Your story may feature on our website and other media outlets used to promote our #LMCT40 campaign.