The London Marathon is an iconic event in the sporting calendar, with 50,000 runners pounding the London pavements taking in the famous sights of the Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and St. Paul’s Cathedral to name but a few.

Streets lined with cheering supporters, music and laughter the buzz and atmosphere is like no other. And with every step you take, you’ll be helping to support visually impaired young people and their families to thrive.

Whether this is your first marathon or you’re a seasoned pro team #LOOK will be there to support you. From the moment you register to training support, fundraising ideas and of course on race day the LOOK team will be by your side.

Our vision is a world where all visually impaired young people are valued, included and can live their best lives.

Why Run the 2025 London Marathon for LOOK?

You’ll receive a LOOK charity running vest that will be personalised with your name so we can cheer you on as you run past our many cheer points! 

You’ll receive a fundraising pack full of top tips and resources and dedicated fundraising support from our expert events team.

 

Loud, proud and full of energy LOOK support team on the day, cheering you along at dedicated cheer points and we will be at the finish line with food, drinks and massages for those tired legs!

Your fundraising money has a life-changing impact on the young people that we help.

£30 will pay for an afternoon of face-to-face/one-to-one mentoring for a young person. 
£50 will pay for an hour of counselling for a recently diagnosed young person or parent.
£100 will pay for our staff to deliver a World of Difference workshop in a VI young person’s school - promoting inclusion and understanding at school.
£200 will pay for a visually impaired young person to attend our 3-day festival – LOOKFest.
£250 will pay to train a visually impaired mentor.
£400 pays for a year’s worth of structured weekly mentoring support for a young person from a trained VI mentor and LOOK staff.
£800 will pay for a child to attend our week-long residential independence summer school at Jamie’s Farm.
£1000 will pay to train a visually impaired mentor as a forest school leader – leading directly to real job opportunities.

Meet the team

If you’re still unsure if running the London Marathon is for you, our incredible 2024 London Marathon runners share their journey to race day and what running for LOOK meant to them.

Image of Lynne and daughter Emily in their running vests with their hands in the air smiling.

Lynne

What an experience! Thanks so much to LOOK for giving me the chance to run. It was a dream come true to run in my 50th year and extra special to run with my daughter Emily, I will never forget the day.

Image of runners Tim and Emma wearing their marathon medals in their running kits, both are wearing a black puffer jacket.

Tim

I wanted to say a huge thanks for supporting me and pushing me during the fundraising. Asking for help and support doesn’t come naturally to me so I really appreciate your continued messages of support they really gave me the boost I needed to keep sharing. It was an honour to run for LOOK I had such a lovely day and great to meet you and the rest of the team at Horseguards.

Image of John running wearing his LOOK running vest and a cap on backwards.

John

Oh Wow, what a weekend! So grateful for your support in making it possible for me to run for all the lovely people at LOOK, so lovely to meet you all at Horseguards parade.

Image of Ross and his Dad Kevin in yellow running tops and their marathon medals around their necks.

Ross

My dad ran his very last marathon and LOOK made it possible for me to run it with him. Thank you so much and I would love to run it again for you.

Mark

I will be wearing my vest at my next events – I will keep flying the flag. You have been awesome, it’s been the best engagement and support I have ever experienced from a charity. I will run for you guys again for sure you are a great charity and it comes through how much you care and are passionate about the work you do – that will stick with me. The opportunity to work with you guys and achieve one of my life’s dreams at the same time has been amazing. Thank you so much!

FAQ’s

Find answers to the most commonly answered questions below, if you can’t find the answer to your question send us an email.

What is the registration fee and how much do I need to fundraise?

The registration fee for the TCS London Marathon is £100 and we ask all our charity place fundraisers to raise a minimum of £2,000.

How can I get a 2025 London Marathon place?

Applications for our 2025 London Marathon charity places are now open, please complete our form.

I have a ballot place to run the London Marathon 2025 and would like to fundraise for LOOK, how can I do this?

Congratulations on securing a place in the ballot – we would love to have you on Team LOOK! Please select ‘Already have a place’ above or email the LOOK events team and we can give you more information on how to fundraise for us.

As an own place runner, you won’t have a fundraising target. We just ask that you raise as much as you can to help visually impaired young people.

How are London Marathon places offered?

We will review each application anonymously before making a decision. To improve your chances, please give us as much information as possible as to why you want to support LOOK and how you plan on raising £2,000.

Will there be a deadline to raise the £2,000 by?

We ask that you raise £500 within 5 months of your acceptance into the team and no later than 31 January 2025.

£1,000 within 7 months of your acceptance into the team and no later than 15 April 2025.

£2,000 within 12 months of your acceptance into the team and no later than 31 May 2025.

What happens if I don’t reach the fundraising target?

We set the minimum fundraising target at £2,000 to make sure we’re able to cover the costs that we’ve paid for the place as well as put enough back into our vital services to support visually impaired young people and their families.

You don’t need to raise the full amount until 1 month after event day. We know a lot of donations come in on the week of and after the event. So there is still plenty of time to plan your fundraising and collect donations.

We will be in touch throughout your journey to give fundraising tips and ideas.

Please make sure you’re confident you can raise the £2,000 before you apply.

Will LOOK be at the TCS London Marathon 2025?

Yes! LOOK will be at the 2025 London Marathon, we can’t wait to cheer you on!

On event day, you’ll be able to find us at various points around the route. We will also have a post-race reception in Horseguards. Come and meet the LOOK team and mentors, whilst enjoying a massage, food and refreshments.

Are you ready to run?!

Be the change – support LOOK UK!

Image of runner Ruth wearing her Look hat and foil cape, and runners Neil, John and Emma surrounded by LOOK team Charlotte, Elin, Jo, Ben, Jo, Becky, Jane and Ruths family all smiling and cheering with their hands in the air, the Look flag in the background