It’s not easy to get a place running in the London Marathon, as we hear in clinic from you guys. So to point you in the right direction here are the main ways you can use to enter:
- The Online ballot for the London Marathon 2015 (http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com) will open on 22 April 2014. Last year 125,000 entries were received within 11 hours. It is expected that this year 125,000 people will be allowed to enter before the ballot closes. Successful entries will be notified in October.
- Race for a charity. Charities are allocated ‘Gold Bond’ places. To get one of these you’ll have to pledge to raise around £2000, this is because the charities themselves will have had to pay an entry fee for each runner. To find out more, and to browse a list of participating charities, check out the Virgin London Marathon Charity Listings (http://www.realbuzz.com/activity-listings/virgin-money-london-marathon/)
- Have you entered previously? If you’ve completed the marathon in a fast time previously there’s a chance you could qualify for an automatic ‘good for age’ entry. For men aged 18-40 this is between 2h45 and 3h05, and for women aged 18-40 it’s 3h15 – 3h45. If you are quicker than this you can qualify for the UK Athletics Championship entry, otherwise qualifying times increase for older age categories
- Did you pull out this year? If you did you may be eligible for a fast track re-entry. Entries must be in by 5pm on June 20, 2014. Click on this link for further information: http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/marathon-centre/enter-virgin-london-marathon/deferred-entries-due-illness-or-injury/
Jake will be applying for his 8th London Marathon through the third route. Hopefully, some of you will be able to join him there next year!