TCS London Marathon 2022

Join the RNLI Running Crew and take on the 2022 London Marathon!

Set yourself the ultimate challenge by running the 2022 TCS London Marathon – and save lives with every mile. 

The marathon is a truly amazing experience. Whether you’re taking part in the physical or virtual marathon, use your place to make a difference. We’ll be cheering you on - imagine how incredible it’ll feel to cross that finish line.

Why run with the RNLI?

By running with us in the London Marathon, you’ll raise vital funds to kit and train our lifesavers. You’ll help us reach more people with drowning prevention advice. And you’ll bring even more people home safely.

In 2022 the London Marathon will be a hybrid event consisting of the iconic physical event and the virtual marathon. Run for the RNLI in either event and with every mile you run, you'll be helping us save a life. 

Join our running crew and know you’re making a difference

There are a few ways to run with us in 2022: 

Charity Places

Our 2022 charity places have now all been allocated but consider applying to run for us in the 2023 TCS London Marathon

Ballot Places

If you are lucky enough to get a place in the 2022 TCS London Marathon ballot, we'd love you to join the RNLI Running Crew. All you have to do is register your ballot place with us. There is no minimum fundraising target - just raise as much as you can. 

The RNLI Cheer Team shout encouragement at the marathon runners

Credit: RNLI/Laura Lewis

We’ll cheer you on – every step of the way

The London Marathon has had an extraordinary impact since beginning in 1981, inspiring profound social change, compelling people to take up running and raising over £1B for good causes. It’s one of the top five World Marathon Majors and incredibly popular, with a record 457,861 people applying for a 2020 place!  
Whether you’re taking on the distance in London or locally, you’re in for a fantastic experience.  

If you’re lucky to take on the physical race, the atmosphere at the London Marathon is truly inspiring, with runners of all abilities and from all walks of life coming together. It’s broadcast live on the BBC, and the on-course refreshments, live music and sea of 650,000 cheering supporters will all help you get to that finish line. 
Running the virtual? You will be running with thousands of others taking on this marathon distance at home. Pull on your friends and family to cheer you on, plus we’ll be with you every step of the way.  

Do you have a ballot place for the 2022 TCS London Marathon? We’d love you to join the RNLI Running Crew. 

Drowning is a much bigger problem than people realise. 

Worldwide, drowning claims an estimated 320,000 lives every year. It’s a leading killer in low- and middle-income countries, even though the causes are often easily preventable. 
Here in the UK and Ireland, we work hard to prevent people from getting into trouble in the first place. But when they do, they need our help – and they need it fast. 

By running with us in the London Marathon, you’ll raise vital funds to kit and train our lifesavers. You’ll help us reach more people with drowning prevention advice. And you’ll bring even more people home safely.

You're in good company

When you run with the RNLI in London, you’ll be running along the busy River Thames – home to four lifeboat stations. The stations are Tower in central London, Chiswick in west London, Teddington in south-west London, and Gravesend in north-west Kent. Tower is the busiest of all our 238 lifeboat stations. 
If you’re taking on the distance at home, we can link you up with your local lifeboat station!

Together we can save lives

Running a marathon is as big a feat as weathering the storm to save lives at sea. When you’re out training in all weathers, our lifesavers will be too. When you need encouragement and reassurance, we’ll be there for you, as we always are. And when our lifesavers race to the rescue, you’ll be racing with them. 

To find out more about the RNLI and our lifesaving work, take a look at our online magazine for rescue stories, the latest on our lifeboats and interviews with our lifesavers. 

Can the RNLI give me a place to run in the London Marathon 2022?

There are two types of places in the London Marathon:

  • Charity places are purchased by charities to give to their own runners. Applications for an RNLI charity place for the 2022 London Marathon are now closed. To apply for an RNLI charity place for the 2023 London Marathon, please visit the 2023 London Marathon event page
  • Ballot places are given by the TCS London Marathon organisers themselves. The 2022 TCS London Marathon ballot places will be announced on 3 October 2021. Only the race organisers can give ballot places at the London Marathon. If you have been given a ballot place or have deferred from a previous year, you can register to fundraise for the RNLI.  

If I register to use my ballot place for the RNLI, how much money do I have to pledge to raise?

There is no minimum fundraising amount for RNLI ballot place runners - we’re extremely grateful for whatever money you can raise. In previous years, ballot place runners have raised around £200-£1,000 each. 

Charity place runners have a minimum fundraising pledge of £2,300 excluding Gift Aid. We recommend using one of the online fundraising pages to make accepting sponsorship money easier for you. 

What support will I receive if I register to use my ballot place to run for the RNLI?

Once you’ve registered your ballot place or been allocated a charity place, we’ll support you through your London Marathon journey. Before the big day, you’ll get training, fundraising and media tips by email, a fundraising T-shirt, cheer gear for your supporters and an RNLI running vest. 

On the big day, you’ll be boosted by our two cheering stations and invited to attend the RNLI post-race reception, where you can enjoy a massage and refreshments.  

For more information about our support package, see the ‘Our support’ tab. A race day guide of what to expect on the big day will be sent to you in August. 

Our Events Team are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the running for the RNLI - get in touch at [email protected] 

What support will I receive for the virtual race?  

You’ll receive almost the same support as our physical event runners!  

Once you’ve registered your place, we’ll support you through your London Marathon journey. Before the big day, you’ll get training, fundraising and media tips by email, a fundraising T-shirt, cheer gear for your supporters and an RNLI running vest.  

We’ll also help to connect you with RNLI reps and stations near you to support you with your fundraising! 

Our Events Team are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the running for the RNLI - get in touch at [email protected].  

How do I register to use my ballot place to run for the RNLI?

If you’ve already been given a ballot place by the London Marathon race organisers or have deferred from a previous year, you can register to fundraise for the RNLI.  Please be aware we will require proof of your place.

This applies to both the physical or virtual event.

Register your place

Where will my money go?

Generally, funds raised and donated to us go directly into a central funding pot within the RNLI. This money goes towards things like kitting and training our lifesavers, powering our lifeboats and maintaining our stations. It could fund our education volunteers who share vital safety information with the public. It could help keep our beaches safe with RNLI lifeguards. 

How can my money make a difference?

If you raise £2,365, that could kit out and train one lifeboat crew volunteer with a helmet to protect their heads, a lifejacket to keep them afloat, and a pair of seagoing gloves to protect their hands and keep them warm. This essential kit and training is paramount to their safety – and the safety of those they rescue. 

Questions? We’re always happy to chat! Talk to us at [email protected].

From your first run to crossing the finish line, we’ll be with you every step of the way. Here’s what you can expect from us:

As you train

You’ll get exclusive access to our training videos with running experts. 

You can join our RNLI Runners Facebook group to share tips and advice with your fellow runners.

You’ll also get access to useful marathon training plans, so – whatever your ability – you can reach your goal.

As you fundraise

We'll give you everything you need to reach your fundraising target, from downloadable resources to fundraising ideas.

You'll get an RNLI fundraising T-shirt!

Our Events Team are here for you if have any questions along the way.

On the big day

You’ll get an RNLI-branded running vest to wear. A reminder that you’re running for a great cause can give you a huge boost during the race. 

We’ll be there to give you a huge cheer as you run! Virtually or at one of our cheer stations!

You can request a goody bag, with special cheer gear for your proud supporters.

After the race

At the London event, you, your friends and family will be invited to our Race Day Hub, where you can get a sports massage and enjoy a very well-deserved buffet.

Any time

We like to treat our runners - after all, we're incredibly grateful you choose to run with us! You’ll get access to some exclusive partner discounts – once you've registered your ballot place or secured a charity place, we'll email you the details. You can also contact our Events Team at [email protected].

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Greenwich Park
London
SE10 8QY

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