Exclusive kit bags for first 20,000 Virgin London Marathon fundraisers!

If you’ve heard from the Virgin London Marathon that your place in next year’s race is confirmed, or have signed up for a place through a charity, we’ve got some exciting news for you!

As well as helping runners raise money for their favourite charities this year we’re doing a little something to help you, the runner. We’ve put together a little kit bag with a few essentials to get you started, and it’s free!

The first 20,000 runners to start fundraising with Virgin Money Giving will be sent an exclusive kit bag towards the end of October.

And we’re not leaving it there, we’ve got tips and support for you all the way to race day, and some fundraising total boosting competitions coming in the months ahead.

Did you know as the official fundraising website of the Virgin London Marathon, since we started in 2009, we’ve helped fundraisers collect over £145 million* – with £38.8 million from Marathon runners alone.In fact, in the last three years an additional £1.3 million has reached charities just by Virgin London Marathon runners fundraising through us instead of JustGiving** – because we’re 100% not-for-profit.

To get your name on the list for a free kit bag, just create your page and start your fundraising today. And if you’ve already started don’t worry, your name’s already on the list!

UPDATE 15/11

The first batch of kit bags have now been posted, let us know when you’ve got yours.

*Figure includes Gift Aid up to 26/09/12 **If the £38.8 million raised through Virgin Money Giving for the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Virgin London Marathon was raised through JustGiving instead, £1.3 million less would have reached charities. This is based on the Gift Aid reclaim rate for the Virgin London Marathon on Virgin Money Giving and the overall mix of payment types on Virgin Money Giving.

95 Responses to “Exclusive kit bags for first 20,000 Virgin London Marathon fundraisers!”


  1. 1 Ali Carney October 9, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve already started – can I have one please?

  2. 2 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) October 9, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Hi Ali

    You certainly can, if you’ve already created a page on Virgin Money Giving for the 2013 London Marathon your name will already be on the list!
    Well done on getting an early start on your fundraising, best of luck!

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  3. 3 Daniel October 9, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Hi – yes – I created one yesterday – so can I have one please.

  4. 5 Sean Cullum October 10, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I still haven’t heard if I have been accepted for 2013 marathon yet?

  5. 6 Rob Holland October 10, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I started one today, can I have one please

  6. 7 Cathy Thompson October 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    I also started one today, can I have one aswel please

  7. 8 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) October 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Hi Sean

    If you give the London Marathon team a call on 0207 902 0200 they’ll be able to let you know if you’ve made it in through the ballot or not.

    Hope that helps

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  8. 9 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) October 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Cathy, Rob & Gary

    You don’t need to ask us for one :) We’ll be sending a kit back out to the first 20,000 runners who create a Virgin London Marathon page with us, and start fundraising.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  9. 10 Nitin Patel October 10, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I have my page and a confirmed place through a charity s can I have one as well please

  10. 11 Douglas Walker October 10, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I’ve started fundraising via my just giving page. Am I allowed a kit bag?

    Thanks.

  11. 12 andrew mascarenhas (@andrewmasca) October 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    how do you know if your within the 1st 20,000?

  12. 13 ma October 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Created mine ages ago will I get one x

  13. 14 Simon Phillips October 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Alreday done a month ago or so broke my first £100 and well on the way to £200 LOL alot more to go running for the Royal Air Force Association in support of the RAF personnel passed and present and their children who find themselves in times of need and support Please help
    https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/donate/makeDonationForFundraiserDisplay.action?fundraiserActivityId=239022
    :-)

  14. 15 tracey October 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Created mine ages ago will I get one? xx pretty please

  15. 16 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) October 10, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Hi Douglas

    The kit bags are for fundraisers using Virgin Money Giving, you can always switch your page over to us, if you’ve raised money already you can add this to your offline total, let us know if you need any help.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  16. 17 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) October 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Hi Simon, Tracey.

    You don’t need to ask for one, if you’re one of the first 20,000 your kit back will be on it’s way to you in a few weeks time! And well done for getting in their early with the fundraising page!

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  17. 18 Lee waller October 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Started mine last week! Am I on the list?

  18. 19 Francesca October 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    I made. Mine. A. Few weeks ago, can I have one please :)

  19. 20 Stephen Evans October 10, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Got a place and running for Bliss. uk.virginmoneygiving.com/StephenEvans

  20. 21 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) October 10, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Hi Francesca & Lee,

    If you’re in the first 20,000 runners to have created a page and have started to receive donations, we’ll be getting a kit bag out to you in the post in the next couple of weeks.

    Best of luck in your fundraising!

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  21. 22 Jacob Przeklasa October 10, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    I have just created a page. have I managed to get myself on the queue?

  22. 23 Deborah Lawrence October 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    I have got place running for Sense, i have started my Virgin Money Giving web page/ virginmoneygiving.com/DeborahLawrence

  23. 24 Richard Bruce October 11, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Im in via twitter and here

  24. 25 kerrie October 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

    hi there, ive set up my money giving page but all my donations are off line ones at the moment does this still count ?

  25. 26 Sergio Nistal October 11, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    Hi, I’m Sergio Nistal and have also created my own fundraising blog, but need to find out how to sign up for the marathon through a charity. I live abroad, in Argentina. Thanks!

  26. 27 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) October 11, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Hi Kerrie

    You’ll need to start receiving donations to your page in order to receive one of our kit bags. Why not send an email to some of your close friends and ask them to make a donation to your page. If you add a link, they’ll be able to make a donation in just a couple of minutes.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  27. 28 Paul October 11, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    Ive already started raising 4 months ago, but changed my address on account today, will I get one?

  28. 29 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) October 11, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Sergio,

    You can find a list of charities with places over on the London Marathon website, along with details of how to apply http://www.virginlondonmarathon.com/raising-money/raising-money/run-charity/

    Hope that helps

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  29. 30 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) October 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Hi Paul

    If you’re one of the first 20,000 (and starting that early you probably are!) You’ll be getting one out in the post in the next couple of weeks. If you’ve just changed your postal address that should be fine, as we won’t be collecting together the names and address for a couple of weeks.

    Keep an eye on our blog, we’ll let everyone know when they get sent out.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  30. 31 Jo Abbott October 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    Ahhh im registered and have my space booked for the Marathon – can I have one please :-)

  31. 32 Kevin October 11, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    Ive set my page up today but not yet received any donations. Can I still have a kit bag?

  32. 33 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) October 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Jo, Kevin,

    As long as you’re in the first 20,000 fundraisers and have started to receive donations on your page we’ll be sending out the kit bags in the next couple of weeks

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  33. 34 Callum October 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    I’ve just set up my page, will i be receiving a kit bag or is it too late?

  34. 35 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) October 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Hi Callum, if you’re in the first 20,000 to create a page and start fundraising for the 2013 London Marathon you’ll find out in a couple of weeks when we start sending out the kitbags.

    Best of luck! And hope the fundraising and training goes well!

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  35. 36 Adrian lebby October 15, 2012 at 11:29 am

    I have also signed up, could i also have a Kitbag.

  36. 37 oneunity2009 October 22, 2012 at 10:14 am

    does the offline total count towards the fundraising to be eligible for this.

  37. 38 Andy Tromp October 28, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Hiya,

    I made my page today mainly because of this offer of the kit bag.

    Can you confim if im one of the 20,000 people or not?

    Kind Regards,

    Andy

  38. 39 sally November 11, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    I’m worried I might be too late- I need all the help and freebies I can get to support me in the 2 tasks I have promised to do!
    1. Run the Marathon
    2. fundraise ALOT of money
    eek

  39. 40 Ian Hardiman November 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

    I have set up a webpage and donations have been on the 2 November 2012, have the kit bags started to be sent out? I was just wondering whether I was one of the lucky winners??

  40. 41 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) November 14, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Hi Ian & Sally,

    You’re not too late! As long as your page has started to receive donations we’ll be sending you a kit bag.

    We’ll begin sending the first kit bags to runners very soon, keep an eye on our blog for news.

    Best if luck with your fundraising and training everyone.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  41. 42 Andy Tromp November 14, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    Hiya,

    Please can you confirm if I made the list or not to get one of the 20,000?

    Regards,

    Andy

  42. 43 Justine November 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Antony,

    Well done on all the varied responses to the same question! :) I am running the marathon, although am collecting donations through justgiving and won’t be changing over to receive a kit bag but I had to congratulate you on your good work on this blog post! Lets hope 20,000 people don’t comment!

  43. 44 Iain Mcdowall November 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Started one a month ago.

  44. 45 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) November 14, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Thanks Justine

    I’m not sure I’d have 20,000 different ways to answer the question! Shame we can’t tempt you across, we’ve got lots more than kit bags planned for the 2013 Virgin London Marathon. Either way, best of luck with your fundraising!

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  45. 46 Rebecca Dennis November 14, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I’ve started fundraising – can I have a kit bag?!?

  46. 47 Dawn jackson November 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Dawn jackson (virgin money giving) Started fundraising can
    I have one please

  47. 48 Emma Labbett December 2, 2012 at 12:15 am

    How do we find out if we are part of the first 20,000 to set up a page for the london marathon?
    Thanks,
    Emma

  48. 49 Hazel Meeks December 10, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Hi Guys, I’ve started my fundraising for the 2013 Marathon are you still sending out kit bags?

    Many thanks
    Hazel

  49. 50 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) December 10, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Hi Hazel,

    Yes we’re still sending out kit bags. Make sure you’ve started to receive donations through your page and your kit bag will be in the post very soon!

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  50. 51 Jonathan Legon December 17, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Guys, are you still sending them out? I’ve had my fundraising page since November

  51. 53 Jonathan Legon December 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Sorry, set up page start of October!

  52. 54 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) December 18, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Hi Jonathan,

    We are indeed. As long as you’ve started to receive donations through your page your name will be on the list.

    Best of luck with your training!

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  53. 56 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) December 23, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    Hi Emma

    We’ve still got some to give away, as long as you’ve got donations on your page we’ll get one out in the post for you in the next batch.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  54. 57 mandy knowles January 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I set up a justgiving page will I get one please.

  55. 58 Sean January 12, 2013 at 12:41 am

    I have received several donations .I am STILL waiting for my kit bag

  56. 59 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) January 12, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Hi Mandy

    Sorry the Kit Bags are only for fundraisers using Virgin Money Giving, but you could always switch your fundraising page over to us instead of JustGiving.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  57. 60 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) January 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Sean

    I’ve taken a look at your fundraising page. It looks like it was created as a ‘personal challenge’ and not specifically for the London Marathon but not to worry, we’ll add your name to the list and get a Kit Bag in the post for you.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  58. 61 Dan Angell-Collins January 15, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    HI – just wanted to see if I would be getting a Kit Bag or if I was too late? Page is up and donations are coming in :-)

  59. 62 Caroline January 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    My 2nd London marathon … über excited! I’d love a kit bag, set up my page on Sunday, 3 donations already! :) x

  60. 63 sean locke January 16, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Hi, I set mine up in November but haent recieved a bag??

  61. 64 sean locke January 16, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Hi, I set mine up in October, but havent recieved anything??

  62. 65 Ed Nash-Steer January 28, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Hi
    I would like a kit bag but I am not sure if I would be on the list. I am running 5 marathons in 5 days with the last one being the London Marathon 2013. Would it be possible to get one?
    Ed

  63. 66 Grant (Virgin Money Giving) January 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Hi, if you’re running the Virgin London Marathon, have a Virgin Money Giving page and an online donation you’ll be on the list for a kit bag.

    Grant Bather
    Virgin Money Giving

  64. 67 mandy knowles January 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Hi I would love a kit bag I am running the London marathon and am signed up to the virgin just giving.

  65. 68 Grant (Virgin Money Giving) January 29, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Hi,

    We’ll get a kitbag over to you – best of luck with your epic challenge!

    Grant Bather
    Virgin Money Giving

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  67. 70 Andy February 16, 2013 at 9:29 am

    I received a kit bag this morning, i set up my giving page the same day the ballot opened, i havent received any donations that im aware of and also didnt get a place in the vlm, any ideas whats going on?

  68. 71 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) February 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Hi Andy

    We’ve just done a little sweep up of Marathon Runners to make sure we’d sent out all the kit bags we should have done by now. Apologies, it seems like we sent you one in error.

    Obviously you can keep the kit bag, and still make use of it to keep your running gear in.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  69. 73 john February 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    any goody bags left

  70. 74 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) February 24, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Hi John

    Yes there are, make sure you get a donation onto your Virgin Money Giving page and we’ll get one in the post for you. We’re sending them out in batches once every 2 weeks

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  71. 75 James ferris February 25, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    Hi. Just received my first donation – will I get a kit bag?

  72. 76 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) February 25, 2013 at 11:49 pm

    Hi James

    If you’ve just received you first donation to your Virgin Money Giving page we’ll get one in the post to you shortly!

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  73. 77 Claudia March 3, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Hi I am registered and have a pagebut not a kit bag do i have to apply for one?

  74. 78 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) March 3, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Hi Claudia

    You don’t need to do anything else, as soon as your first donation arrives on your page we’ll add you to the list. Could you let us know a link to your fundraising page and we’ll take a look for you

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  75. 79 Carolyn Thackstone March 17, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Hi, I am registered and received my first donation several weeks ago but not received anything. Are these still being sent out??

  76. 80 ANDREW OLIVER March 25, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    HI
    I have just received my first donation, and I hope to still get a goodie bag.

  77. 81 miss button April 3, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I set up page before Christmas do I still get a kit bag

  78. 82 Stevie April 3, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    No kit bag received here? First donation was made on 19.10.12???

  79. 83 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) April 3, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Stevie,

    I’ll speak to the team that have been sending them out to see why you haven’t received one yet. Checking your page it should have gone out in the post already. Will look into it for you first thing tomorrow morning.

    UPDATE: I’ve just checked with the team and your kit bag was posted out on the 5 November last year. I’ve asked them to send you another one as it seems to have got lost in the post. Let us know when you receive it.

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  80. 84 Kirk Wilson April 3, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Hi, no kitbag for me either? haven’t had many sponsors granted…..

  81. 85 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) April 4, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Hi Andrew

    We’re still sending them out, great you’ve got your first donation, hopefully the first of many! Best of luck

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  82. 86 Antony (Virgin Money Giving) April 4, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Hi Kirk

    We’re still sending them out, I can see you’ve been doing most of your fundraising ‘somewhere else’ but we’ll still send one to you. But next time you should be using Virgin Money Giving for all your donations ;)

    Antony
    Virgin Money Giving

  83. 87 Kirk Wilson April 4, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Thank you. I tried to transfer it all over but am a total technophobe.

  84. 88 Stevie April 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Thanks Antony! I wonder where it went?!


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