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How to get into the London Marathon

How to get into the London Marathon, 10 ways to get in

How to get into the London Marathon

  • 11 ways to get into the London Marathon
  • How to get into London Marathon 2025 and future years


London Marathon – ways to get in

How to get into the London Marathon, 10 ways to get in

How to get into the London Marathon – summary & intro

I’ve run over 50 marathons, including around 20 Londons, so I’m often asked how to get in.

Summary
There’s more than one way to get into the London Marathon. Here are 11 ways.
They aren’t all easy & get harder as you go 1-11.

The number of runners who start on the day, from all entry methods, is usually around 40,000. Sadly there are always those who have to drop out from illness or injury. However they can often defer their places (see 10 below).  To enter by any method, the youngest you can be is 18 on the day.

A note on dates:
Following both Covid marathon date changes and TCS being a new sponsor of London Marathon, we are still waiting to establish a new normal annual pattern of entry dates. This post is regularly updated with the most recent dates, as well as showing you dates from the year before to get a feel as much as possible. Dates should become more regular from April 2025 onwards.

 

10 ways to get into the London Marathon

Most of us know about the famous London Marathon ballot. But by my calculation, there are around 11 ways to get a place in the London Marathon, just not all easy. You do not have to qualify with a time to get into the London Marathon.

But they are worth a look and I hope they help you get in.  I’ve got in by 5 methods (1, 2, 4, 5 and 10) before and know people who’ve got in by each of the 11 examples.

International runner entry options are listed below.

So here are 11 ways you can get in, starting from the easiest and getting harder:

How to get into London Marathon - 10 ways

The London Marathon 2024 will be on Sunday 21 April, 2024.

1. The London Marathon ballot

Most people apply to get in through the ballot (also known as a lottery system). Every year a new record number apply, with over 500,000 entering the ballot for the 2024 London Marathon. The ballot is completely random, and around 17,000 people get in, so give it a go and don’t just assume you won’t be chosen.

If you’re not selected in the ballot, there is no waiting list, so you will need to go for another option, with number 2 Charity, being the most popular.

If you’ve got a ballot place, you can still raise money for charity. You just save the charity money as they haven’t had to buy a place for you. You can still register with your charity for marathon support, race shirts and whatever else they are offering to help their marathon runners.

You can enter the ballot as UK or overseas runners. (International runners also see below).

LONDON MARATHON BALLOT DATES

The ballot usually opens on the weekend of the marathon and closes the Friday after.

For 2025 entry, the ballot opens from 09:00 Saturday 20 April 2024 to 21:00 Friday 26 April 2024 (all times are GMT).

The London marathon 2025 ballot is currently open for entry here.

For reference for 2024 entry, the ballot opened from 09:00 Saturday 22 April 2023 to 21:00 Friday 28 April 2023, with results emailed on 6 July 2023.

LONDON MARATHON BALLOT ENTRY COSTS

2025 London Marathon entry costs are UK: £69.99.
International runners: £120, plus a £26 carbon offset levy.
You don’t have to pay until you get a place (unless you go for the extra chance option below, in which case you prepay).
These are the same prices as 2024.

EXTRA CHANCE BALLOT ENTRY

TCS announced for 2025 (& 2024) you could double your chances in the draw if you opted to donate the cost of your entry fee to the London Marathon Foundation.

  • If you choose to donate to the London Marathon Foundation when you enter the ballot, you’ll automatically be entered into a second ballot. This doubles your chance of getting a place in the 2024 event.
  • If you get into either the first or second ballot, you’ll get a reduced entry fee from £69.99 to £49.99.
  • If you’re unsuccessful in both ballots, you’ll still receive a winter training top worth £60!

2. Charity places

Charities buy what are called ‘Golden Bond’ places from the London Marathon. There are around 15,000 available.

Because they have to pay for these guaranteed places, the charities will set a minimum fundraising amount they expect you to raise in return.

The amount varies by charity. £2,000 is fairly standard, although smaller charities may ask for less than this.

To see if a charity you’d like to run for has places, have a look here. 

London Marathon Charity Entry

3. Running club places (UK only)


UK residents only. British Athletic affiliated clubs can apply for places, although only around 1,000 are available in total.

Clubs then make their own processes for deciding who gets their 1 or 2 places. Many do a ballot and often link it to how much racing and /or volunteering members have done for the club.

If you’re a UK runner in a UK club, check if they’ve got places and how to get them (most clubs have a Contact link). If you’re not in a club, this could be another reason to join.

Sarah running London Marathon Championship

4. Running fast – Good For Age Places (UK only)


For UK residents only (you need to prove your residency plus your age).

It’s also worth keeping an eye on the times year on year, as they do change in line with how fast people are running. As with many other marathons, the times are tending to get a little faster every year, and the times have got quicker for London Marathon 2025 entry by 5 minutes for most ages, compared to 2024. The qualifying times get slower as your age goes up.

There are 6,000 Good For Age places, split equally between men and women. Note this isn’t guaranteed entry. Places will be allocated on a ‘fastest first’ basis. 

So even if you get the time, others in your age group may submit faster times, meaning you don’t get a place. For this reason, it’s a good idea to enter the Ballot (option 1) as back up, especially if you’re near the cut off time. London Marathon advise you to enter the ballot if your qualifying time is within 10 minutes of the Good For Age qualifying time.

The Good For Age times you need (achieved between 1 October 2023 and 30 September 2024) to qualify for London Marathon 2025 are

AGEMEN WOMEN
 18-39sub 2:55:00sub 3:40:00
 40-44sub 3:00:00sub 3:45:00
 45-49sub 3:05:00sub 3:48:00
 50-54sub 3:10:00sub 3:55:00
 55-59sub 3:15:00 sub 4:00:00
 60-64sub 3:37:00sub 4:25:00
 65-69sub 3:55:00sub 4:55:00
 70-74sub 4:55:00sub 5:55:00
 75-79sub 5:10:00sub 6:15:00
 80-84sub 5:30:00sub 6:40:00 
85-89sub 6:10:00 sub 7:10:00 
90+sub 7:20:00sub 7:45:00
Good For Age Qualifying Times for London Marathon 2025

Good For Age qualifying times for London Marathon 2024, for reference (click the + to see)

The times you needed (achieved between 3 October 2022 and 30 September 2023) to qualify for London Marathon 2024 were

AGEMEN WOMEN
 18-39sub 3:00:00sub 3:45:00
 40-44sub 3:05:00sub 3:50:00
 45-49sub 3:10:00sub 3:53:00
 50-54sub 3:15:00sub 4:00:00
 55-59sub 3:20:00 sub 4:05:00
 60-64sub 3:45:00sub 4:30:00
 65-69sub 4:00:00sub 5:00:00
 70-74sub 5:00:00sub 6:00:00
 75-79sub 5:15:00sub 6:20:00
 80-84sub 5:30:00sub 6:40:00 
85+sub 6:10:00 sub 7:10:00 
Good For Age Qualifying Times for London Marathon 2024


Good For Age applications usually open in early August ahead of the next marathon in April.

The date for GFA 2024 applications was postponed several times but opened from 10 October to 20 November (4pm GMT) 2023.

For 2023, the Good For Age application process closed at 17:00 GMT on Friday 7 October 2022, but the marathon was in October that year.

For 2025, Good for Age applications are due to open at the end of July 2024. The qualifying period for GFA will be 1 October 2023 – 30 September 2024.

There’s more info on GFA plus you can enter when it’s open here.

5. Running faster – Championship Places (UK only)

(This is the usual way I get in every year.)

You need to be a UK resident and member of an athletics club associated with British Athletics and have a championship-qualifying performance for a marathon or half marathon.

For London Marathon 2024, Championship qualifying times were as below (unchanged from 2022).

MenWomen
Full marathonsub 2:40:00sub 3:14:00
Half marathonsub 1:12:30sub 1:28:00
Championship Qualifying Times for London Marathon 2024

Applications usually open in November and close in January. In 2023 (for 2024 entry), opening was delayed til late December and closed on 16:00 GMT on 12 January 2024. Championship Applications are here when they are open.

The Championship qualifying period for the 2024 London Marathon was qualifying races run between 1 January 2023 and 31 Dec 2023. Championship entries opened in December 2023.

Expect the Championship qualifying period for the 2025 London Marathon to be qualifying races run between 1 January 2024 and 31 Dec 2024, with Championship entries opening in December 2024, closing early January 2025.

London Marathon Championship start

6. Competitions


Keep your eye out for competitions to win places. The best places to look are the race organisers, running magazines or sponsors associated with the race eg Flora or Lucozade Sport.

I usually put links to these on Art Of Your Success social media when I spot them.

London Marathon Competition Example
Example of a past London Marathon entry competition

7. Being linked to a sponsor


Sponsor organisations linked to the marathon have a small number of places that people working for them are eligible to apply for.

8. Celebrity Places


There’s probably still time to get yourself known and make it onto some kind of Celeb Z list! You’ll then get to start alongside all the ‘real’ celebs along with their better loos at the Green Start!

9. Running really fast – Elite Places


If you’re this fast, you’ll know how to enter, or maybe your agent will do it for you.  But for the rest of us, we can agree that anyone running this fast deserves the fewer than 100 elite places!

It’s usually in the range of
Men Sub 2.18.00 Marathon or Sub 1.05:00 Half Marathon
Women Sub 2.38:00 Marathon or Sub 1.14:00 Half Marathon

Elite Wheelchair and Para entry is here.

10. Deferring your place


If you got a place and are then ill or injured, you can defer your place to the next year. You can usually do this up to the day before the marathon.

Note that it’s only the place that is carried over, and you still have to pay the entry fee again the next year.

However, there are a couple of key exceptions where you cannot defer:

Sadly you can’t defer Good For Age or Championship places, as these are based on time-limited qualification times, so you need to run another qualifying time.

If you got your place through a charity, competition or sponsor, the place goes back to the organisation that gave it to you. So you would need to contact whoever gave you your place to discuss.

You can read more on deferring here.

11. Abbot Places for Six Star Participants


In 2023, Abbot had 500 places for London Marathon 2023 for Six Star Majors runners who have already earned 3, 4 or 5 stars.

Eligibility – you need a profile with Abbot and to have registered this many stars with them.

Abbot contacted eligible runners on December 5 2022. The deadline for entry was December 12 2022.

See Abbot’s draw for London places here.

Since then, they have various challenges where you pay to enter, and then gain entry into draws for additional places for London (or other of the major marathons). These continue to be for runners with 3 stars and higher for London.

Currently there are Half Marathon challenges with draws for London 2025 being on December 11, 2024.

London Marathon finish line

 


ENTRY FOR INTERNATIONAL RUNNERS INTO THE LONDON MARATHON

Entry for ‘international runners’ who live outside the UK is via methods 1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 above.

Time qualifications by methods 3, 4, 5 are for UK residents only.

International runners can also enter via agreed tour companies for their country.  You can see the approved list here.


 

Choosing a different marathon

If none of those methods work for you, how about a different marathon? There are lots in the UK (you can search Let’s Do This events or see a list of alternative UK marathons), Europe or further afield, around the same time as London, (like Boston the week before London), so you can still train and enjoy the London build up at the same time.

Good luck and don’t give up if you can’t get into London, run in another great place and London will be there for you another year.

Useful links on Art Of Your Success

Marathon training tips
Marathon preparation tips and products
London cards & gifts
Gifts and cards to help celebrate marathon successes
Pacing products to help hit your goal time


Comments – please read before posting

You are welcome to comment below. Please take a moment to read the post in full before asking a question, as comments already covered above may not be answered. The post is long because I’m giving as much detail as possible – please have the endurance to check for your information before asking 😅

Please be aware I am not affiliated to the London Marathon and cannot give out places or special dispensation. I have also not made the rules – don’t shoot the messenger! This post is purely to help you understand the options available.

67 thoughts on “How to get into the London Marathon

  1. Nie do końca rozumiem informacji o opłatach. Czy 120 funtów + 26 funtów muszę opłacić już rejestrując się do losowania / głosowania ? Co jeżeli nie zostanę wylosowana ? nie rozumiem tez tego pojecia “głosowanie”. Ktoś ma na mnie głosować żebym się dostała czy to tylko kwestia szczęścia ?

    1. Hi Katarzyna, translating your question here so others can see:

      I don’t fully understand the information about fees. Do I have to pay £120 + £26 when registering for the draw/vote? What if I am not selected? I don’t understand the concept of “voting” either. Should someone vote for me to get in or is it just a matter of luck?

      You only need to pay if you’re accepted in the ballot. The ballot is just luck who gets selected. You can only enter for yourself.
      Good luck! Sarah

  2. Hi my tine for a marathon is 3.40 this year my age is 58 I am a female would I qualify for the London marathon

    1. Hi Olivia, have a read of 4. Good For Age times in this post that you’re replying to. If you’re a UK resident, and have run that marathon time in the qualifying period (set out above), and it’s a marathon with a result that London Marathon can verify, then yes. Good luck!

  3. Many thanks Sarah for getting back to me.

    1. Hi Colin, just to let you know that it looks like Oct 2023 should work, as for 2024 the qualifying dates are between 3 October 2022 and 30 September 2023 – see GFA dates here (Although what happens to events on 1 or 2 Oct isn’t clear!) Good luck! Sarah

  4. Hi, also a bit confused regarding the sync etc…looking to run Dorney lake marathon in oct ‘23 to hopefully gain a GFA entry but with 2024 cut off date being September, am i right in thinking my GFA entry will still be valid for 2025?
    Many thanks.

    1. Hi Colin, unfortunately we don’t know yet. It looks to me like TSC have shorter qualifying periods than previously. We have to wait to June to find out, and after that once we’re back in the normal pattern of April London marathons, it will be easier to predict ahead. Sorry I don’t know more til then yet. Sarah

  5. Hello, do you know when the dates for qualifying for good for age for 2024 will be available? I’ve emailed the organisers a few times and they suggest checking the website but I’m keen to find out as soon as I can. Thinking of doing Newport or Manchester on 16th April 2023 with a view to getting into London for 2024 – but is this date too early? Any advice much appreciated. Thanks!

    1. Hi Katie, it’s good question, as the timing has got quite out of sync with the last couple of years running London in Oct instead of April, and now with only 6 months between 2022 and 2023 events. Plus it’s moved from Virgin to TCS. So I expect the pattern to properly restart after April.

      Normally I would expect 2024 GFA times to be run from 22 April 2022-23 April 2023, but there has been this first ever time of having the last London in October 2022. So it could well be 3 Oct 2022 – 23 April 2023. I don’t know if they’ll extend it to a year April-April.



      Either way, I would say it’s a reasonable assumption that Newport/ Manchester early April 2023 would work (if you want flatter, do Manchester btw!) But I have to T&C myself a bit and say this is my best estimate, I don’t work for London Marathon and this is an unprecedented Oct – April gap.



      So I would enter, but also as they say, keep your eyes posted for their update too.

      

Most of all, very best of luck with the GFA!
Sarah

  6. Hola buenas,
    Muchas gracias por el post muy interesante. Me gustaria preguntar una duda tu que tienes experriencia en este maratón. Le ha tocado el sorteo a una amiga mia que echo una papeleta a su nombre para ver si le tocaba y darmela a mi. Deseo participar por ella, unicamente quiero hacer el maratón para disfrutar. Habria algun problema para acceder a los cajones el dia de la carrera? para recoger el dorsal puede recogerlo cualquier persona con autorización. Muchas gracias!

    1. Hola Raul, responderé en inglés a continuación para que otros puedan ver la respuesta y sugerirle que use una herramienta de traducción.

      Hi Raul, I will answer in English below so others can see the reply & suggest you use a translation tool.
      I understand why you’re asking but the London Marathon rules are very clear that they do not allow this:

      My friend/family member is now unable to run. Can I use their entry?
      Places in the TCS London Marathon are not transferable under any circumstances. Anyone attempting to run using another person’s entry will be disqualified and banned for life from the London Marathon and all other events organised by London Marathon Events Ltd.

      See here on their site for this response.
      Good luck to you and your friend running London Marathon in future.
      Sarah

  7. I like to start in april 2023 in London for the marathon!!!

    1. Hi Annet, well you can see all the ways to get in to London 2023 in this post above!
      Good luck, Sarah

  8. Do you have to raise money to do the marathon? Can you just get a place though the ballot and run it?

    1. Hi Paul, no you don’t have to raise money, you can get your own place through the ballot and just run!
      See this plus more at ‘1. The London Marathon Ballot’ in this post above
      Good luck! Sarah

  9. Hello,
    I’m 65 years old and just ran an Half Marathon in 1:51:14 (September 11, 2022), which I think is a qualifying time for London Marathon.
    Can I still apply for the London Marathon in 2023 or do I need to wait for 2024?
    Thank you very much.

    1. Hi Armenio, congratulations on your Half Marathon time!
      Good For Age Qualification is only from Full Marathon time (sub 4 hours for 65-69 Men). To use a Half Marathon time, you would need sub 1:12:30 to enter the Championship.
      I’d suggest you read the full post, focusing on ‘Normal Process‘ for 2023, as it’s worth spending a few minutes to understand the ways to get in and the time periods. Plus if you live in UK or outside of UK, I have set out the different options. Good luck! Sarah

  10. I need to be among of participation in 2023

    1. Hi Dotha, good luck with getting in with one of the ways set out in this post above!
      You can see the normal list of how to get in here, and 2023 details additionally here.
      Sarah

  11. I have bone marrow cancer and am due a hip replacement soon, my cancer cannot be cured just managed, I need a reason to run, the marathon would be a good reason
    I am no longer a young man and am getting through my bucket list but need help
    How do I get a marathon place
    Regards
    David Pearson

    1. Hi David, it sounds like you have many reasons to motivate you to run. Please see the London Marathon Normal Entry Process above for all the ways to get in.
      Good luck and good health, Sarah

  12. If I want to enter for the 2023 London marathon can I still enter a ballot?

    1. Hi, yes you will be able to, this hasn’t been announced or opened yet. As in my post above,

      …the marathon is changing from October in 2022 to April in 2023, so there has been no precedent for this in the marathon’s history, and this post will update as soon as any information comes out. The official date has not yet been announced. I would estimate that the London Marathon 2023 Ballot will open around 3 October 2022.

      You can also read more on the ballot in the post above here see ‘1.The London Marathon ballot’

      Good luck, Sarah

  13. Hi there, wanting to enter GFA application process for 23rd April 2023, says it starts 9th June (today), but can’t see we’re the ballott is to enter to put my details in, can you please help
    Many Thanks
    John

    1. Hi John yes you can go here to enter. If that doesn’t work, try here & scroll down to where it says ‘apply now’ – good luck!
      Sarah

  14. I live In Australia. How can I apply for the 2023 marathon.

    1. Hi Ken, the list of ways International Runners can get in is in this post here

      To see the options referred to, they are listed under ‘Normal Entry process

      Good luck getting a place!

      All the best, Sarah

  15. Hi I want to run for a local charity how can I do that ??? Thank you …

    1. Hi Daniel, this could mean a couple things, so here are a couple of answers to cover it!

      – if you want to see if your local charity has Golden Bond charity places, check out the list of charities with places. You can find this, plus more on Golden Bond places, above in this post at Charity.

      – if your charity doesn’t have a Golden Bond place, you can still fundraise for them, but you will need your own London Marathon place. The list of 10 ways to get in is at London Marathon Normal Years above.

      All the best with your running, training and fundraising!
      Sarah

    2. I want to enter 2023 when can I sign up and what my best chance since I’m from America.

      1. Hi Quy, if you read this post where you’ve commented, look at International Runner Entry Options as part of the London Marathon Normal Entry process for how to enter as a US runner. The post helps explain which options have how much chance attached to them.

        Then as for dates for 2023, see the section London Marathon 2023.
        Good luck! Sarah

  16. Hi. Now its May 1st and I can’t find the ballot entry for marathon 2023. Is. it yet to come?

    1. Hi Christian, yes on the ballot date for 2023 we are waiting to hear, as I’ve written in the post above in the 2023 entry section:

      For 2023 entry, a planned ‘normal year’ pattern with the marathon in April, the ballot would usually be open from Sunday 23 April 2022 – Friday 28 April 2022. But the marathon is changing from October in 2022 to April in 2023, so there has been no precedent for this in the marathon’s history, and this post will update as soon as any information comes out. The official date has not yet been announced.

      I’m sure you won’t miss it, and I will update here as soon as it’s announced.
      Good luck! Sarah

  17. I am a South African n want to enter the London marathon

    1. Hi Mavis, for options for non-UK runners, you can see international entry options on this post here.

  18. I would like to enter ballot for London Marathon 2023 and as per your messege this should now be open but I can’t find it anywhere.. any advice please?

    1. Hi Nikky, I don’t know more than I’ve written in the post above in the 2023 entry section, but as I say there, I will update as soon as we know more:

      For 2023 entry, a planned ‘normal year’ pattern with the marathon in April, the ballot would usually be open from Sunday 23 April 2022 – Friday 28 April 2022. But the marathon is changing from October in 2022 to April in 2023, so there has been no precedent for this in the marathon’s history, and this post will update as soon as any information comes out. The official date has not yet been announced.

      I’m sure you won’t miss it, and I will update here as soon as it’s announced.
      Good luck! Sarah

  19. Can you not apply for 2023 Good for Age places with your 2022 time? I am running the race this year, aiming to go sub-3hr and I’m very surprised I can not then use this as a qualifying race for the London 2023. That would be a little frustrating!

    1. Hi James, I’m sympathetic to that. You could try petitioning London Marathon. The qualifying period for 2022 has also been too short, given that there have been very few opportunities to gain qualifying times in 2020 or 2021. All the best with getting your place. Sarah

    2. I am Kenyan How do i participate in this marathon

      1. Hi Dominic, if you read this post where you’ve commented, look at International Runner Entry Options as part of the London Marathon Normal Entry process
        Good luck! Sarah

  20. I will please entry det ballot for London Marathon 2023.

    1. Hi Jørn, good luck with the ballot, on the date for this, as I’ve written in the post above in the 2023 entry section, :

      For 2023 entry, a planned ‘normal year’ pattern with the marathon in April, the ballot would usually be open from Sunday 23 April 2022 – Friday 28 April 2022. But the marathon is changing from October in 2022 to April in 2023, so there has been no precedent for this in the marathon’s history, and this post will update as soon as any information comes out. The official date has not yet been announced.

      For how to access it when it’s open, see How to get into London – normal process, point 1- ballot

  21. When I can apply for 2023 London marathon by ballot? please link the application form for American. Thanks

    1. Hi Yang, on the lottery date for 2023 we are waiting to hear, as I’ve written in the post above in the 2023 entry section, :

      For 2023 entry, a planned ‘normal year’ pattern with the marathon in April, the ballot would usually be open from Sunday 23 April 2022 – Friday 28 April 2022. But the marathon is changing from October in 2022 to April in 2023, so there has been no precedent for this in the marathon’s history, and this post will update as soon as any information comes out. The official date has not yet been announced.

      For how to access it the lottery when it’s open, see How to get into London – normal process, point 1- ballot. When you go to the link, there will be a button for ‘International runners’.

      For all options for non-UK runners, you can see international entry options on this post her.

  22. I would like to get an entry for 2023

  23. When will the ballot results be announced for the 2023 London marathon? I am going to give the ballot another go this year.

    1. Hi Margaret, the London 2023 ballot hasn’t opened yet. See the short section London marathon 2023 entry, for details. Good luck! Sarah

      1. Hello I would like to run April 2023, is there a Lottery and how do I access it??

        1. Hi Sandra, yes there will be a lottery, on the date for this, as I’ve written in the post above in the 2023 entry section, :

          For 2023 entry, a planned ‘normal year’ pattern with the marathon in April, the ballot would usually be open from Sunday 23 April 2022 – Friday 28 April 2022. But the marathon is changing from October in 2022 to April in 2023, so there has been no precedent for this in the marathon’s history, and this post will update as soon as any information comes out. The official date has not yet been announced.

          For how to access it when it’s open, see How to get into London – normal process, point 1- ballot

  24. Hello, are the lottery ballots for April 2023 already closed?

    1. Hi Shirley, no the London 2023 ballot hasn’t opened yet. See the short section above, London marathon 2023 entry, for details. Good luck! Sarah

    2. Hi
      When can you enter the ballot for the 2023 London marathon, I thought it was this week, but cannot find any info on it

      1. Hi Karen, it would be good to know wouldn’t it?! I don’t know more than I’ve written in the post above in the 2023 entry section, but as I say there, I will update as soon as I know more:

        For 2023 entry, a planned ‘normal year’ pattern with the marathon in April, the ballot would usually be open from Sunday 23 April 2022 – Friday 28 April 2022. But the marathon is changing from October in 2022 to April in 2023, so there has been no precedent for this in the marathon’s history, and this post will update as soon as any information comes out. The official date has not yet been announced.

  25. I would like to run the April 2023 London Marathon . I would like to use my good for age time from October 3 2021. I feel that this should be allowed
    Thank you

    1. Hi Mary, I’m sympathetic to that. You could try petitioning London Marathon but sadly I don’t think they’ll change it. The qualifying period for 2022 has also been too short, given that there have been very few opportunities to gain qualifying times in 2020 or 2021. All the best with getting your place. Sarah

  26. Can you pay to enter or does entry for 2023 have to be a lotto?

    1. Hi if you get yourself a charity entry, you could just pay for this yourself (or fundraise), so the charity entry is a way of paying to enter.
      Check out number 2, Charity under ‘normal process’ on this post https://artofyoursuccess.com/get-into-london-marathon/#london-normal
      Otherwise with the ballot/ lottery, you only have to pay if you get in.
      Sarah

  27. Hi there….When do the ballots open for the London Marathon 2022?
    How do I get in touch with different charities?

    Thanks,

    1. Hi Robert, London Marathon 2022 Ballot is expected to be Sunday 3rd – Friday 9th October 2021.
      To get in touch with the charities, go to the link at 2. Charity Places in this post – that way you can see which charities have places. Then you’d need to contact each one individually.
      Hope that helps – good luck getting in!
      Sarah

  28. Hi there I won’t to do the London marathon in 2022 for charity cause I lost my daughter to epilepsy 12 years ago and I’ve always wanted to do 1 for her and for epilepsy in kids to help I’m also ex military and got medically discharged so I would like to run for help the heroes to if I could.

    1. Hi Gareth, I hope you get to run London 2022. Running for such special charities would make it extra special for you. You can always run for both and split the sponsorship. Good luck with getting your place, training and fundraising! Sarah

    2. When will ballot entry open up for 2023? Thank you.

      1. Hi Lisa, it would be good to know wouldn’t it?! I don’t know more than I’ve written in the post above in the 2023 entry section, but as I say there, I will update as soon as I know more:

        For 2023 entry, a planned ‘normal year’ pattern with the marathon in April, the ballot would usually be open from Sunday 23 April 2022 – Friday 28 April 2022. But the marathon is changing from October in 2022 to April in 2023, so there has been no precedent for this in the marathon’s history, and this post will update as soon as any information comes out. The official date has not yet been announced.

    3. Hi Gareth. I don’t know whether you’ll see this reply, as it is so long after your comment, however I want to say how incredible your desire is. I have epilepsy myself and I’m a 19 year old competitive racer, training to run London 2022 in under 3-hrs this year. I am so sorry for your loss, epilepsy is a very complicated disease, but your daughter is now at peace. I also thank you for your brave service for our military forces. I hope that you can be proud finishing a marathon, you are clearly running for such meaningful and inspirational causes. Thank you x

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