Support in Mind Scotland has places available in the virtual version of the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon, for anyone who wants to raise crucial funds while making history as part of the world’s first 100,000-person marathon.

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, any time 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.

Support in Mind Scotland has a limited number places available in the virtual events and is encouraging runners who fancy the challenge 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 part of the world’s greatest marathon.”

SIMS fundraising manager Colin Leslie said: "The London Marathon is a unique event, raising record-breaking millions of pounds for great causes each year. We are proud to be part of the event in 2021 and look forward to filling our places for the virtual running of the race on the big day. If you are up for the challenge of running 26.2 miles and raising vital funds for SiMS' mental health services we would love to hear from you."

For further information, contact [email protected] or call 0131 662 4359.