Virgin Money London Marathon

The 2020 event 

On Sunday 4 October 2020, our magnificent marathon squad will be competing in this year’s 26.2 mile-long Virgin Money London Marathon 2020.  

Whether first-time runners or experienced competitors, our Ability Bow team will tackle the incredible course (weather and injuries permitting!) alongside thousands of other participants on the day, enjoying some thrilling highlights ranging from the Cutty Sark to Tower Bridge.  

Take a look below at our one-stop-shop page for marathon runners and our fundraisers and find out:  

  • Who our runners will be fundraising and generating donations for

  • How to donate to each of our runners

  • More about the marathon and how you can get involved to volunteer

Watch a video of one of our past runners en-route during the marathon day>>

Who our runners are fundraising for

Rod's story

Meet Rod Douglas. An ex-Commonwealth Games boxing gold medallist in 1986 for Great Britain, Bow-born Rod experienced a life-threatening brain injury in 1989 after a fight with fellow title titan, Herol Graham.  

Since then, 54-year-old Rod has encountered mixed health, which led to him battling to stay alive following a stroke in 2017.  

But determined to succeed, the east London local braved our gym to move from a wheelchair to walking again in just three months after joining Ability Bow in 2018.  

Ready to fight for raising more for Rod’s recovery?  

Read Rod’s remarkable story here>> 

Albie’s story  

Meet Albie. In 2013 he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer and in a wheelchair. Today, he's walking again!  

Albie's diagnosis is incurable. He developed a terminal tumour in his back which fractured his spinal cord in two places.  

This has led him to recover at our Ability Bow gym since 2013 and he’s even been able to raise thousands of pounds for us - while living with partial paralysis and weakness in his lower limbs - by walking the Big Fun Run four times for our service.  

Can you help people like Albie to live an active and healthier life for longer?  

Watch Albie’s amazing story here>> 

Chris and Ken’s story  

Meet siblings Chris and Ken. They were both diagnosed with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia more than four years ago.  

Experiencing symptoms ranging from joint pain, bladder discomfort and in Ken’s case, sight challenges, since using our gym, they have regained their confidence and better tackled their weight; and even given back to our exercise service through leaving a gift in their will.  

Will you support Chris and Ken in gifting Ability Bow members’ their long-term wellbeing? 

Find out more about Chris and Ken’s story here>> 

No matter what you donate, it all makes a difference in making our members’ recovery, reality. Thank you.  

Other members' stories 

Join us on marathon day/Volunteer to cheer

With the big day very near, we’re delighted to invite you to join us on marathon day on Sunday 4 October 2020, to cheer on our magnificent marathon runners in our usual haunt; The Lord Nelson pub on Manchester Road, Isle of Dogs.  

Situated at mile 17 en-route, we’ll be based at the East End corner pub from 10:30am and you can be part of:  

  • Cheering on our runners and making some fuss during the day with our Ability Bow support team
  • Meeting new faces including our gym members, trustees, volunteers and our staff team
  • Assisting with setting up our banners, balloons and signage on the day 

Want to volunteer

If you can volunteer to cheer and be part of the day: 

If you can’t attend 

Can’t attend on the day? Not to worry - take a look at the various ways you can keep on top of the VirginMoneyGiving London Marathon below!  

Watch at specific parts of the route  

If you can’t make it into central London, keep an eye (more specifically nearer the time of the marathon/from April 2020 when the information is likely to be fully refreshed) on course and marathon day event info on the London Marathon Spectator Info page (listed below).  

Watch and listen to TV & radio coverage  

You can also catch the marathon via BBC TV and radio coverage - as well as via the BBC Sport website and red button - on the day.  

Take a look at course info and coverage on the London Marathon Spectator Info page>> 

*You can also keep up to date via the London Marathon App which will also be available to download via the above link before marathon day* 

More about the event (Including training tips)  

To find out more widely about the Virgin Money Giving London Marathon 2020:  

Visit the London Marathon 2020 website>> 

For runners needing training tips - including suitable gear and staying healthy:  

Take a look at the London Marathon’s top training tips guide>>