Cost to sign up to London Marathon 2013

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27/04/2012 at 13:05

I'm planning on signing up to the above on Monday.

How much does it cost?

Thanks in advance

Sarah

27/04/2012 at 13:11
For a ballot entry its between £30 and £40.

Assuming its the same as previous years you can opt to pay this when you apply to give to you a slightly better chance of getting in, with the payment being donated to charity if you are unsuccessful.

You do realise that if you sign up on Monday that you are not guaranteed a place? You have around a 1-in-5 chance in being accepted if you manage to successfully register.

cougie    pirate
27/04/2012 at 13:15
I reckon its much less than a 1 in 5 chance from my experience.

Marathon entry is the cheap bit. You have to factor in a couple of pairs of shoes - running kit - a few practice race entries and travel and accommodation if you're not local.
27/04/2012 at 13:19

Thank you for your advise. I'm sure I had read it was £100 and that was why I was raising the question.

27/04/2012 at 13:21
entry is cheap -it is the rest if you have to stay overnight etc
27/04/2012 at 13:30
I'm lucky with that regard my sister has a house in London.
27/04/2012 at 13:37

I actually worked this out when I was travelling back from London. The cost of the marathon for me was:

- £35 entry
- £240 trainers (x3 pairs on the go)
- £100 clothes (tights, tshirts, hi viz gear)
- £150 nutrition (gels/energy drinks/protein shakes)
- £170 Travel to London (2 return tickets)
- £60 Stuff from the Expo
- £120 Eating in London (for 2 people, 3 days)
- £15 Travel through London.
- £0 - Accommodation in london - crashed on cousin's boat.

= £900.

Admittedly - some of the stuff are for use after the event as well and I consider to be a "long term" purchase (e.g. part of the box of gels that I still have left, winter running tights etc) but it's good to have an idea of it before you start.

Entry is cheap but you need to factor in the likelihood of getting in. I waited 5 years for my ballot place.

27/04/2012 at 13:42
Do you not recommend giving it a try? you do seem quite negative?
27/04/2012 at 13:43
Sarah in you situation, I'd say give it a go and enjoy
27/04/2012 at 13:47

There's no harm in trying and i'll be trying again on Monday morning!

I'm not trying to be negative but I think you need to be realistic about the possibility of you getting in (which I wish you the best of luck for). You were asking about the cost of entry so I thought that i'd give you a round answer of how much it costs. I was amazed when I worked it out - but honestly - I would have paid that for the experience.

27/04/2012 at 13:49

Thank you I do appreciate your advice.

I am new to running outdoors and have a lot to consider.

27/04/2012 at 13:53
If you are gonna go for the ballot only , it is about 5 to 1 that you get picked. I just kept doing it til I got picked (this year). In the meantime just train and do ther races unless you wanna raise for a charity.
27/04/2012 at 13:56

@Sarah - I don't know if you're an experienced runner but if you're a beginner - pop along to the beginners section and find yourself a plan to aim for and go from there. I'm guessing from your name that you're a woman so just make sure that you're wearing the right shoes and a good bra

Good Luck with the Ballot and starting to get running!

27/04/2012 at 14:25
stutyr wrote (see)
Assuming its the same as previous years you can opt to pay this when you apply to give to you a slightly better chance of getting in, with the payment being donated to charity if you are unsuccessful.
Is this really true? If you opt to pay upon application, you have a slightly better chance??? I paid last year, and all I got was an oversized fleece
27/04/2012 at 14:27

Most of the items on the cost list will apply regardless of which marathon you do. If you're already a regular (all weather) runner then you'll probably have most of the gear already, and so the cost only really comes into play if you're having to stay in London overnight and need accomodation. Personally I probably had to buy 1 extra pair of shoes that I wouldn't have worn through if I'd just been doing my regular training, plus it cost me £15 to get to and from the expo (which I recouped by stocking up on consumables for the rest of the year at discount prices), £10 for a place on my club's coach to the start and £9 for a train home. The only clothing I bought was a couple of pairs of socks as I'd worn through the old ones.

27/04/2012 at 14:32
Sticky - in previous years if you bequeath your entry fee and you are unsuccessful in the ballot, you then get entered into a prize draw for a place, therefore increasing your chance slightly.
27/04/2012 at 14:34
Sticky88 wrote (see)
stutyr wrote (see)
Assuming its the same as previous years you can opt to pay this when you apply to give to you a slightly better chance of getting in, with the payment being donated to charity if you are unsuccessful.
Is this really true? If you opt to pay upon application, you have a slightly better chance??? I paid last year, and all I got was an oversized fleece

I think they have a draw for a few places just for people who bequeath? Given that 100,000+ people get rejected however it's not really worth bequeathing just to get in that draw. Bequeath because you want to make a charity donation, and if you're lucky enough to win a place then it's an unexpected bonus.
27/04/2012 at 14:36
Badly Drawn Bloke wrote (see)
Sticky - in previous years if you bequeath your entry fee and you are unsuccessful in the ballot, you then get entered into a prize draw for a place, therefore increasing your chance slightly.

That didn't happen last year, did it??? If it did, I must have missed the very small print, nevertheless, I did feel that I MAY stand a better chance if I opted to pay up front - obviously didn't work.

Will have to try again on monday...to pay or not to pay, that is the question. To be decided on Monday!

27/04/2012 at 14:37
Beware Of The Fish wrote (see)
Bequeath because you want to make a charity donation, and if you're lucky enough to win a place then it's an unexpected bonus.
Indeed! So well said
27/04/2012 at 15:45
The bequeathing thing doesn't guarantee you anything. This year was the first year I didn't bequeath and also the first I got in - I reckon they figured that if they were going to get any more money out of me they'd have to give me a place  
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