How to Enter

Championship Entry

Applications for a championship entry into the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon have now closed. Applications closed at 17:00 on Friday 17 January 2020

If successful, you were sent an email containing a link which to allow you to complete and pay for your entry. The closing date for completing and paying for your entry was 17:00 on Friday 24 January 2020.

Do I qualify?

If you're a member of an athletics club associated with British Athletics and you achieve(d) a championship-qualifying performance for a marathon (or half marathon) in 2018  or 2019, you are able to apply for a championship entry place in the 2020  Virgin Money London Marathon.

You will need to have completed a marathon (or half marathon)  faster than  the times listed below – these are the official championship qualifying performance times. Your qualifying time must be achieved after 1  January 2018.

Qualifying times must be run at an event that has a certified marathon course. Race courses must be certified by UKA, the Association for International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), or a national governing body for distance running for the country in which the race is held.

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

Additionally, you must be registered with your National Governing Body (ie  England Athletics, Scotland Athletics, Welsh Athletics, Athletics Northern Ireland) otherwise your application will be rejected. If you are unsure whether or not you are registered, please check with your NGB.

All runners in the Championship start zone must wear their club vest.

Please email helpdesk@londonmarathonevents.co.uk if you have any questions.

Championship Upgrade

The deadline to upgrade your Virgin Money London Marathon place to a Championship start has now passed. The deadline to apply was 17:00 on Friday 7 February 2020.