London Marathon: how to participate?

header-london-marathon-2017The London Marathon is one of the six prestigious marathons recognized as World Marathon Majors with Berlin, Boston, Chicago, New York and Tokyo. This 42,195 km pedestrian race – 26.2 miles – is currently sponsored by Virgin Group, hence its appointment of Virgin London Marathon. Since its creation in 1981, it has been welcoming more and more participants every year to such an extent that today all applications can not be honored. This race is part of the major events of the sporting calendar, and is broadcast on TV in more than 150 countries around the world …

What are the characteristics of this prestigious marathon and what are the steps to be taken to be part of the adventure? Let’s go !!!

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Summary:

  • When and how did the London Marathon?
  • What are the characteristics of the London Marathon?
  • What is the route of the London Marathon?
  • What is the atmosphere of the London Marathon?
  • When to register the London Marathon?
  • How much are the fees?
  • How to C(French, Swiss, Belgian …)?
  • How to register the London Marathon as a resident in the UK?
  • Special case: How postpone its participation?

When and how was the London Marathon born?

As is often the case in England, everything started in a pub (the Dysart Arms) in 1978 when John Disley, a British athlete, and Chris Brasher, a former athletic champion and sports journalist, decided to take part in the New York marathon, Organization and its extraordinary atmosphere.
On his return Chris Brasher wrote an article for The Observer in which he defined the race as “the fraternal world” concluding with the question “what London would have enough Heart and hospitality accommodate Such event …?
In 1980, the two co-founders succeeded in convincing the competent authorities and the police for the organization of such an event! A few months later, on 29 March 1981, the first edition of the London Marathon was launched, bringing together 7,747 selected runners out of the 20,000 registered. The success is such that the following year, the organizers receive more than 90,000 applications for the 18,059 bibs available.

What are the characteristics of the London marathon?

The London Marathon route is considered flat and one of the fastest in the world.

What is the course of the London marathon?

The start is at 09:30 in Greenwich. Marathon runners explore London’s iconic landmarks. After Woolwich, marathoners discovered along the Thames, the famous ship “Cutty Sark”, then cross the river to Tower Bridge . They then make a loop to Island Dogs to return a second time at the foot of the Tower of London . From there, athletes cross the City district, passing Saint Paul’s Cathedral to reach Trafalgar Square.
The arrival is in Saint James Park, on the Mall a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace.

What is the atmosphere of the London marathon?

According to specialists, the London Marathon is unique in terms of the general atmosphere and fervor of the public.

When to sign up for the London marathon?

At the London Marathon, the race began almost a year before the race. Registration takes place on the official website of the organizer. It begins every year at the beginning of May for a period of 5 days.

  The first criterion of selection is your determination to participate!

How much does the registration fee cost?

Check the official website.

How to register for the London Marathon as a foreigner (French, Swiss, Belgian …)?

Participate in the draw as overseas (foreigners)

For entries by lot, it is essential to register on the website from the first day and the first hour of the opening of the registrations: first come, first served!
It takes place at the beginning of May to run in April of next year, and unlike New York, the lottery for the London marathon is free.
In October, you will receive a reply by email which will give you the outcome of your request, then in March – always by mail – you will receive the “registration form”.

Run for charity or charity

If you do not win your ticket to the lottery in October, you can run for the benefit of a charity. For this you must buy a bib, with the sole obligation to collect from the sponsors a minimum of gifts which can vary according to the association. In addition, registration, transportation and accommodation costs. The charity must be chosen from a list pre-defined by the organization. To apply, contact the association directly registered on the website London marathon.

Once you have obtained a charity place, set up your Virgin Money Giving page where all your contacts can make a donation and help you raise the necessary amount to validate your participation.

Go through the services of a tour operator

Traveling through a travel agency is the easiest and most comfortable solution. The final cost will be higher but will ensure your participation in the marathon without worrying about any logistics. Count a budget of just under 900 € depending on the options you will take.

How to register for the London Marathon as a UK resident?

Participate in the draw as a resident

For entries by lot, it is essential to register on the website from the first day and the first hour of the opening of the registrations: first come, first served!
It takes place at the beginning of May to run in April of next year, and unlike New York, the lottery for the London marathon is free.
In October, you will receive a reply by email which will give you the outcome of your request. If it is positive, you will receive by mail in March “registration form”.

“Good for Age”

“Good for Age” is the guaranteed registration for riders who have achieved quality time in the two years preceding the race.
Here is the time achieved in the previous marathons ensuring your qualification according to your sex and your age.

  MEN
Time (hours)   WOMEN
Time (hours)
18-40 Less than 3:05 18-40 Less than 3:45
41-49 Less than 3:15 41-49 Less than 3:50
50-59 Less than 3:20 50-59 Less than 4 hours
60-64 Less than 3:45 60-64 Less than 4:30
65-69 Less than 4 hours 65-69 Less than 5:00
70-75 Less than 5:00 70-75 Less than 6:00
76+ Less than 5:30 76+ Less than 6:30

The deadline to register for “Good for age” is in early July. Your time will of course be checked before validating your participation. For this you will be asked:
– Proof of performance: photocopy of your results (certificate, newspaper cut).
– Proof of age: photocopy driver’s license with photo, passport or birth certificate.

These elements are to be sent to the following address:
Good for age
Virgin Marathon of London
PO Box 3460
London, SE1 0YA

British Athletics

Check with your athletic club to see if he is associated with the British Athletic and to be able to join the marathon!

Sponsors of your company

If your company is a marathon sponsor or a client of one of the partner companies then you may be able to start!

Special case: How to defer participation?

For runners who withdraw due to illness or injury are allowed to postpone their place for the following year’s Marathon. This deferral is only valid for one year.
To do this, you must fill out the withdrawal form at the latest the day before departure at 20:00.

You will receive by email the sick or injured registration form to complete and pay the registration fee to validate your participation for the following year.

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