© London Marathon Events

We are delighted to be offering places in this year's Virgin Money London Marathon, which is due to take place on Sunday 3rd October 2021.

The world-famous 26.2-mile London Marathon route encompasses many of the capital’s most mesmerising landmarks, old and new. This October, 50,000 runners will take their place at one of three starting lines in Greenwich and follow a route which passes Cutty Sark, The Shard, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, the London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament before arriving at Buckingham Palace and finishing on The Mall.

Why choose ISWAN?

Your support will help us be there for seafarers and their families in need all over the world. Seafarers lead tough and dangerous lives, and spend long periods away from their families with sometimes severely restricted shore leave.

Over the last year, hundreds of thousands of seafarers worldwide have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, either stuck at sea due to the crew change crisis or unable to find work and struggling to support their families.

Our 24-hour international helpline, SeafarerHelp, runs every day of the year and is free to call from anywhere in the world, and our Regional Programme provides humanitarian support to those in India, the Philippines and Nigeria.

Last year, we assisted over 37,000 seafarers and their families with issues including COVID-19 crises, abandonment, unpaid wages and piracy, and our teams provided emotional support to those who needed someone to talk to. You can read about some of the seafarers we have helped here.

Join our team!

Our fundraising target for team members is £1,750 each and we will do whatever we can to support you in your fundraising. You will also receive a fabulous ISWAN running shirt to wear with pride on the day.

We have a very limited number of places, so if you are interested in joining our team for this historic event and would like to find out more, please e-mail us at

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