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TCS London Marathon - 2 October 2022

The London Marathon is the greatest fundraising event on the planet


Unfortunately applications for 2022 TCS London Marathon are now closed.  However we still have places for our 2022 Virtual TCS London Marathon.

Alternatively registration for 2023 TCS London Marathon is now open! If you are successful we will ask you to pay a £100 registration fee to secure your place and we ask that all our runners raise £2,000.

Apply for 2023


The 2022 TCS London Marathon ballot has now been announced! Congratulations if you were lucky enough to secure a ballot place at the 2022 TCS London Marathon, and the great news is that you can still join Team Young Lives!

Join with no minimum fundraising target, we simply ask that you raise as much as you can.

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Meet Sam

Sam is one of our amazing runners taking on the 2022 London Marathon. She was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at 19 years old and thanks to fundraisers like you, Young Lives vs Cancer Social Worker Jane was there every step of the way.

“Within minutes of being in our home, Jane lit up the room that had felt very dark since my diagnosis. She helped us apply for financial aid, grants and even spoke to me about how I could explain all this scary stuff to my little sisters. Nothing was too much for Jane!

“My mum has since described her help as ‘the hug she didn’t realise she needed’ and a guiding light through the darkest hour. She made us cry laughing every time we saw her and the regular phone calls really made a difference in my treatment and my mindset.

“If it takes running a marathon to make sure social workers like Jane can continue their valuable work, then I’ll lace up my trainers any day for them!”


Need more persuading? Listen to Toby...

"Running for Young Lives vs Cancer made the experience even more unforgettable. I met amazing people who supported me throughout training and the day"

More reasons to run for Team Young Lives

The perks

We love our runners, and we want them to have an awesome marathon! Some of the benefits of joining our team are:

  • Our online Event Hub where you can find training plans, useful fundraising tools and injury resolution advice
  • Our closed Facebook group. Meet the rest of the 2022 team, share fundraising and training tips and get excited together
  • A personalised running vest and face transfers, so you look awesome and stand out in the crowd
  • The loudest, proudest cheer team along the route to help you smash through ‘the wall’ and get across the finish line
  • A well-deserved massage to get you ready for…
  • The massive post-race party where you can mingle with new friends, swap stories and celebrate how amazing you all are.

The cause

Cancer is shocking, overwhelming, isolating… and completely unfair. Especially when you’re young. It takes over your life. Treatment is gruelling and your ambitions and dreams suddenly seem very far away.

We get that. That’s why Young Lives vs Cancer fights tirelessly to stop cancer destroying young lives. We provide grants and free accommodation close to hospital to help with spiralling costs. Our care teams are on hand to help families with everything from getting benefits to treatment closer to home. And we lobby the government to make sure they get the support they’re entitled to. We’re here to make sure young cancer patients can focus on getting their lives back on track.

Get in touch

If you have any questions or just want to chat about all things London Marathon, get in touch by emailing us at or calling 0300 330 0803