Want to try out for a marathon but haven’t been doing so? Or inspired by this year’s runners be it winner Eluid Kipchoge or British hopeful Mo Farah that you’re eyeing on London Marathon 2018? A record 386,050 people applied for the 2018 race, which show how popular the London Marathon is. We have prepared a guide on the registration of London Marathon 2019 to assist you.

London Marathon 2019 Race date and time

The race will take place on Sunday, 28 April 2019.

Start and finish line

There are three starting points – Red, Blue and Green. The colour of the running number indicates the starting point. The blue starting point is for Elite and Championship runners where they will start at Shooters Hill Road. The red starting point is for Fast Good For Age runners where they will start at Carlton Way. For the green starting point, it will start at St John’s Park.

Route map

Photo Credit: Virgin Money London Marathon

Entry fee

To enter the ballot, the entry fee is £39 but if you are a member of a UK-affiliated running club, then the entry fee will be £35. For overseas, the entry fee will be £80.

Photo Credit: Virgin Money London Marathon

Ways to enter the race

1. Ballot entry

The ballot entry system will be opened on Monday, 30 April 2018 and ends on Friday, 4 May 2018 at 5 p.m. The ballot will be opened for five days to give everyone a fair chance of entering the event. It will be on a random and not decided on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you are successful in the ballot, you’ll be notified in the first week of October 2018.

2. Overseas entry

The overseas entry ballot system is opened on Monday, 30 April 2018 and ends on Friday, 4 May 2018 at 5 p.m.

3. Charity entry

If you are planning to join the event by running for charity, you can do so by applying directly to the charity of your choice to see if they’ve got any places to offer you. This is less time pressured but if you leave it too long, places do get filled up. There are usually more runners that are interested in running for each charity, so the charities will select their runners based on the runner’s connection with the good cause and how much money they are able to raise for the charity.

The list of charities that have guaranteed places in the marathon is available here.

Photo Credit: Virgin Money London Marathon

4. Good For Age entry

The Good for Age entry will be opened on 1 August 2018 and ends on 10 August 2018 at 4 p.m. The entries for Good for Age will be capped at 6,000 places. 3,000 places for women and 3,000 places for men. Only those who achieve the qualifying time between 1 January 2017 and 10 August 2018 will be eligible for the Good for Age application for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Qualifying times for 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon

Men Time (in hours) Women Time (in hours)
Age 18-39 sub 3:00 Age 18-39 sub 3:45
Age 40-44 sub 3:05 Age 40-44 sub 3:50
Age 45-49 sub 3:10 Age 45-49 sub 3:53
Age 50-54 sub 3:15 Age 50-54 sub 4:00
Age 55-59 sub 3:20 Age 55-59 sub 4:05
Age 60-64 sub 3:45 Age 60-64 sub 4:30
Age 65-69 sub 4:00 Age 65-69 sub 5:00
Age 70-74 sub 5:00 Age 70-74 sub 6:00
Age 75-79 sub 5:15 Age 75-79 sub 6:20
80+ sub 5:30 80+ sub 6:40

5. British Athletic Club entry

Clubs that have fewer than 10 first claim members registered with British Athletics will be placed in a ballot. After the application deadline, 20 clubs will be drawn at random and allocate a place each.

6. Championship entry

To be able to apply through the Championship entry, you will need to complete a marathon (or half marathon) at the same time, or faster than the timings that are listed. Additionally, you must be registered with your National Governing Body otherwise your application will be rejected.

Men Time (in hours) Women Time (in hours)
Full Marathon sub 2:45 Full Marathon sub 3:15
Half Marathon sub 1:15 Half Marathon sub 1:30

7. Wheelchair entry

There are a few criteria to be able to enter through wheelchair entry,

  • You must be over 18 on race day.
  • You must have a World Para Athletics classifications.
  • You must be able to finish a marathon under 3 hours.
  • You must have a valid marathon time from the past two years of three hours or less.

Number card pick-up

Once you’ve secured your entry, take note that London Marathon EXPO 2019 will be held from 24 to 27 April 2019 (Friday to Monday) at ExCeL, the international exhibition and conference centre in East London. Don’t miss the race expo because you won’t be able to collect it on the race day.

Are you ready for London Marathon 2019?

Lee Nah

Lee Nah is a sports enthusiast who enjoys playing different kind of sports like floorball, hockey and even soccer! She personally believes in life long learning and self-development.

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