Army seeks ‘virtual’ runners

Army seeks ‘virtual’ runners

Churches aren’t always noted for being innovative – but the Salvation Army is seeking to change these widely held misperceptions.

The Army is attempting to recruit a team of virtual runners to take part in this year’s London Marathon – becoming part of up to 50,000 athletes who will complete 26 miles at a location of their choice. A further 50,000 runners will complete the traditional course – from Blackheath to The Mall.

Both events will be held on Sunday 3 October.

Participants in the virtual event can complete their run at any time on the day of the event – and are also set to become part of a Guinness World Record challenge.

Last year’s virtual event attracted almost 38,000 runners – ensuring it set the bar for the 'most users to run a remote marathon in 24 hours'.

This time round, officials want to beat that figure – and post a new record number.

All virtual runners receive a running number before the event as well as a coveted ‘official finisher’ medal and T-shirt. In addition, the Salvation Army is also providing runners with a team vest and dedicated London Marathon rep to give you all the support you need!

  • More information on becoming a virtual runner for the Salvation Army can be obtained by sending an email to or calling 0207 367 4819.