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Nystagmus Network runners to be part of world’s first 100,000 person marathon

50,000 runners to take on world’s biggest virtual marathon on Sunday 3 October with 50,000 runners to tackle the traditional London Marathon route on the same day

With the results of the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon Ballot announced recently, the Nystagmus Network has 3 places for anyone who wants to raise crucial funds while making history as part of the world’s first 100,000-person marathon.

Following the announcement that London Marathon Events plans to stage the world’s first 100,000-person on Sunday 3 October, the Nystagmus Network is inviting its supporters across the UK to be a part of it by running to raise funds in its name.  

On Sunday 3 October 50,000 participants will take on the traditional course from London’s Blackheath to The Mall – an increase of more than 7,000 on the previous finisher record – while another 50,000 people around the globe run the 26.2 miles on the course of their choice, anytime from 00:00:00 to 23:59:59 BST, in a virtual event.   

The physical and mental health benefits of being active have been brought sharply into focus during the pandemic, and this biggest-ever London Marathon offers more people than ever before the chance to experience these benefits while raising much-needed funds for charity.  
The Nystagmus Network has THREE places available in the virtual event and is encouraging anyone who was unsuccessful in the ballot to contact them for a chance of taking part.  

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon Events, said: “With the national vaccination programme underway, we are delighted to announce our exciting plans for the world’s first 100,000-person marathon. The London Marathon is the most popular marathon on the planet, with a world record 457,861 people applying in the ballot for a place in the 2020 event, and the incredible success of the 2020 virtual event shows the huge appetite to be part of the world’s greatest marathon.”

Nystagmus Network places in the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon are available on a first come, first served basis, but priority will be given to applicants who are members of the charity.
2 runners wearing Nystagmus Network show their medals after comleting the Royal Parks Half Marathon

Free run places available

Would you like a FREE RUN PLACE in the Royal Parks Half Marathon?

On Sunday 11 April 2021 the Royal Parks Half takes place for runners in their community. Track your 13.1 miles in your local area. This will be an unparalleled digital experience which mirrors as much of the in-person race as possible, including a premium race pack, sights and sounds from the beautiful course (from industry-leading augmented reality), leader boards and that much needed support from fellow runners and spectators.

You will be required to fundraise a minimum amount of £175 for the Nystagmus Network.

To apply for your free place please contact us

Free run places

Would you like to take up a FREE run place for the Nystagmus Network?

We have places in the London Vitality 10k on Monday 27 May (Bank Holiday Monday) and are about to purchase places in the Royal Parks Half Marathon on Sunday 13 October.
Due to the relatively high cost of the places for a small charity like ours, we ask that our runners fulfil the following criteria:
  • you have nystagmus yourself or a close connection to someone who does
  • you have a proven track record as a runner
  • you can commit to raise a minimum of £250 in sponsorship

If you would like to be considered for one of our 2019 run places, or would like to suggest an alternative event to take part in, please do get in touch.

Manchester half marathon places available

Would you like to run the Manchester half marathon this October to raise money for the Nystagmus Network?

The race takes places on Sunday 14 October. It starts and finishes by the iconic Emirates Old Trafford, Lancashire Cricket Club.

The event boasts one of the fastest, flattest and friendliest courses on a completely closed road route, through the streets of Greater Manchester This makes it perfect for first time charity runners or those looking for a PB alike.

All we ask in return for your free place is that you:

  • undertake to raise at least £100 in sponsorship
  • set up a Justgiving page for your sponsors
  • wear your free Nystagmus Network running vest

If you’d like to apply for a place, please complete the form below. Thank you.


Want to run the London Vitality 10k for the Nystagmus Network?

If you’re looking for a challenge and would like to help this charity raise funds, why not sign up for one of our free places in the London Vitality 10k on 28 May?
All we ask is that you set up a Justgiving page for your sponsors, agree to raise at least £100 for the charity and wear your free Nystagmus Network running vest to help us raise awareness.


Please contact us here.