Everything you need to know about running the London Marathon 2019

London Marathon 2019

As a world record number of people (414,168 to be precise) enter the London Marathon 2019 ballot, we’ve collated all the questions you need answering before the big day.

When is the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019?

The 2019 London Marathon will be on Sunday 28 April 2019.

How to enter the London Marathon 2019?

The ballot for London Marathon 2019 has now closed – it was open from Monday 30 April 2018 until 5pm on Friday 4 May 2018.

When will the ballot be announced for the London Marathon 2019?

If you’ve entered the ballot, the results will be announced in the first week of October 2018 – everyone from the UK who has secured a place will receive a congratulations magazine. A random selection of around half of those who have entered the ballot will get a commiserations magazine, the remainder will be sent an e-zine version. If you applied from overseas, you’ll be contacted via email.

The ballot for the London Marathon is a totally random draw. There was a system in place years ago that if you’d applied for five successive years, you’d automatically get a place, but due to growing numbers the scheme ended in 2010.

How to run the London Marathon for charity

If you missed the ballot entry, do not worry, you can still run the London Marathon for charity. Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK have teamed up as the charity of the year for the London Marathon 2019. The two charities have launched a year-long campaign, called Dementia Revolution, aimed at raising money and awareness for Dementia research. To find out more, or to pledge to run for Dementia Revolution, apply for a guaranteed charity place here. 

Related: Dementia charities join forces for London Marathon 2019 

There are also a number of Golden and Silver Bond charities. The Golden Bond scheme is where charities buy guaranteed entries for £300 each, which they offer to runners who have missed the ballot. Runners will often be expected to commit to raising a four figure sum when taking the place. This scheme has grown over the years and now includes more than 750 British charities, with a total of 15,000 guaranteed places.

There are also around 550 Silver Bond charities, which are guaranteed one entry place every five years. To find out more about running the London Marathon for charity, and the amazing fundraising records that have been broken at the marathon, head to the London Marathon website

What to do if you have a deferred entry for the London Marathon 2019?

If you had to withdraw from the 2018 London Marathon, your entry to the 2019 London Marathon is guaranteed, as long as your ballot entry wasn’t carried over from 2017. You will have needed to have completed the online withdrawal form before 8pm on Saturday 21 April 2018 and have the email confirmation.

Runners who withdrew their ballot place will receive an email with a link to their guaranteed place for 2019 race on Monday 4 June 2018. If you haven’t heard, get in touch with the London Marathon Helpdesk on 020 7902 0200, no later than Wednesday 20 June 2018. The closing date for the completion of the online guaranteed entry form is 5pm on Friday 22 June 2018. The entry fees for your 2018 race are not refundable, so you will need to pay to enter the 2019 race.

What are the cut offs for the London Marathon good for age time?

The application process for Good for Age places in 2019 London Marathon opens on Wednesday 1 August 2018 and closes on Friday 10 August 2018 at 4pm.

The London Marathon organisers have announced changes to the Good for Age qualification process -  the number of entries is now capped at a total of 6,000 places for the 2019 event, which will be split evenly with 3,000 entries for women and 3,000 entries for men.

You will be eligible for a Good for Age application if you have achieved a qualifying time between 1  January 2017 and 10 August 2018. The qualifying times are as follows:

good for age london marathon 2019

It’s worth noting if the number of entries exceed the number of places, the qualifying time will be reduced evenly across the age groups until 3,000 runners of that gender are accepted.

If you’re a Good for Age runner who deferred their 2018 place, you will still qualify for a guaranteed 2019 Good for Age place, as long as you pay your entry fee by the deadline of 5pm on 22 June 2018.

What is the London Marathon entry fee?

If you gain a place in the ballot, and didn’t pay your entry fee when entering, you’ll be sent a link to pay. UK standard entry costs £39, or £35 if you are a member of a UK-affiliated running club. Overseas entry costs £80. You will also need to re-pay your entry fee if you have deferred your place.

What will the route be for the London Marathon 2019?

As of June 2018, London Marathon have not announced any route changes for 2019 race. You can see a map of the 2018 course here, and we will update this with further information nearer the time.

What will the weather be like for London Marathon 2019?

It’s still far too soon for us to predict the weather next April, but as the 2018 race was the hottest London Marathon on record, we’re keeping our fingers crossed for cooler conditions.

Related: London Marathon 2018 – the stats 

When can I collect my London Marathon 2019 number?

Whether you’re running with a ballot, charity, deferred or good for age time, you will be able to collect your race number at the London Marathon Expo, which will run from Wednesday 24th April to Saturday 27th April. The expo opens at 11am-8pm on Wednesday 24th, 10am-8pm on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th and 9am-5pm on Saturday 27th April.

All runners will need to come in person to collect their race number, unless they have nominated someone else to do so beforehand.

When should I start training for London Marathon 2019?

It’s still a little early to worry about training just yet, but get prepared by having a browse through our marathon training plans below:

RW’s beginners marathon training plan to get you round

RW’s intermediate marathon training plan – for runners aiming for 3:30-4:30 finishing time 

RW’s advanced marathon training plan – for runners aiming for sub 3:30 finishing time