Event Info

Participants with disabilities

London Marathon Events believes in sport for all and every year our dedicated team works to support people with a huge range of disabilities complete the Virgin Money London Marathon.

Please read the information below to find out more about taking part in the event, how to enter, and what to do if you have any questions or concerns about participating in the event.

You must be able to participate in the event under your own power. The Virgin Money London Marathon is held under International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), World Para Athletics and British Athletics rules and these rules expressly prohibit any participant or non-participant – whether disabled or able-bodied, to be pushed by a third party, as it is defined as assistance, or use any device which is primarily the cause of forward movement. Motorised devises are not permitted.

The only wheeled equipment or devices that may be used are: IPC approved racing chairs entered into the Elite or Para Athletics events; standard day chairs/wheelchairs in the mass participation event and Race Runners. Disabled participants wanting to use Race Runners must contact disability@londonmarathonevents.co.uk  Please note that devices such as skates, roller blades, skateboards, scooters or any geared device cannot be used in any circumstances.

To obtain a finisher’s medal, you must complete the event by the official cut-off time, which is currently 19:00 on Sunday 28 April 2019.

Please note that if you are slower than seven-hour pace (which is 16 minutes per mile), you will complete the event on the pavement. Seven-hour pace begins when the last participants cross the start line, which is predicted to be at 10:50 in 2019.

We are required to meet a strict schedule to reopen the roads of the capital and get London moving. This means that if you are slower than seven-hour pace, you effectively become a pedestrian and you will be sharing the pavement with others. There will be a huge clean-up operation on the roads around you to enable us to reopen London to traffic.

Disabled participants who need assistance

If you are a visually impaired runner and need the assistance of a guide, or your disability and/or medical condition means that you need a support runner, please contact disability@londonmarathonevents.co.uk outlining your request and the reasons for it.

Please note that guide/support runners are there to assist you and are not official participants in the event. Guide and support runners do not pay for their entry. They do not receive a timing chip, do not appear in the results and do not receive a finisher’s medal. If you are unable to take part in the event, the place for your guide or support runner will be withdrawn.

Please read more here.

Special requests

If you have a disability and would like to request a waiver of the cut-off time for medal purposes or if you would like to use a Race Runner or similar equipment in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, you must submit a written request to disability@londonmarathonevents.co.uk no later than Friday 1 February 2019.

Please outline the nature of your request and the reasons for it and please remember that you must have a place in the event for your request to be considered. Each application will be considered on a case by case basis

How do I enter?

You enter through the public ballot or apply to a charity for a place.

The public ballot for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon closed on Friday 4 May 2018. The dates for the public ballot for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon will be announced in early 2019.

Please visit our charities listings to find out about charities with places available for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. Please remember that entries for a charity place must be completed by 17:00 on Friday 1 February 2019. If you miss this deadline, you will not be able to participate. There are no exceptions to this rule