Virgin London Marathon 2019

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The London marathon is back for another epic year and on April 28th 2019, thousands of runners will gather to run the 26.2 miles around some of the most iconic streets of London. If you have entered and are going to be a part of the race next year, or if you wish to enter for 2020, this page will provide all of the info about the London Charity Marathon that you need to get started. Good luck!

The Race

The London marathon spans 26.2 miles of London on a carefully mapped out route. Due to the sheer volume of runners that partake, there are different starting places, so it’s important that you check in your information pack for where you are starting, and your start time, before you head to the race. Your welcome pack, race information and individual number will be given to you when you attend the registration process that takes place at the Running Show, the day before the London marathon. Like most races, once you have registered, you will be given a race number that is unique to you. Within this number is a chip that can be tracked – it is important that you keep this safe because not only will you not be allowed to do the race without a number, you will not receive an official race time if your chip is lost or damaged. The Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show is held at ExCeL, the international exhibition and conference centre in East London so be sure to make your way there before the race.

For more information about the race route, water stations and getting to your start point, visit the Virgin London Marathon official website and make sure you have all of the relevant information, ahead of the day.

Getting Sponsored

A lot of people, if they haven’t been entered in a ballot through their running club, choose to run the London Marathon for a charity as it can improve your chances of getting a place through the Golden and Silver Bond Scheme. You can go online and have a browse through the charity listings, which might be worth doing now, if you are considering running in 2020. If you have won a ballot place for the London marathon, you can still run for a charity. Great reasons to run the London Marathon for a charity include having a purpose which can really help with motivation, as well as making a huge difference to a charity close to your heart, with the money that you raise. Once you have decided on your charity, it’s time to start fundraising! You can visit here for more information about running The London Marathon for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

How to Enter for 2020

If you are considering running the London Marathon next year, you will need to either enter into the ballot for your place or register with a charity. If you are a member of a running club, you can enter the ballot for the number of selected places that each club is given. Either way, it’s important to remember that the event is extremely popular each year. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t receive a place – there’s always next year.

If you are entering via a regular ballot, the ballot will open at the end of April each year for around 5 days and you will need to put the entry in during this time. You will be contacted around mid-October regarding your ballot entry. Other grounds on which you can enter the London Marathon include charity entries, good for age entries (if you have already run a marathon for charity in a particularly fast time for your age) or a wheelchair entry. If, on the day, you can’t run the race due to illness or injury, you can also apply for your entry to be deferred to another year. All entries are done online on the official Virgin London Marathon website.

If you are set to run the London marathon this year, check out our marathon advice for marathon training tips during training, as well as on the day. 

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