The 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon will take place on Sunday 28 April.
2019 Start Times
- 09:05 – Elite Wheelchair Races
- 09:10 – World Para Athletics Marathon Championships Ambulant Athletes
- 09:25 – The Elite Women's Race
- 10:10 – The Elite Men's Race, British Athletics & England Athletics Marathon Championships and Mass Race
A link to the Final Instructions for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon will be emailed to all runners once they have completed the pre-registration process. The Final Instructions contain all the information runners need to have an enjoyable Race Day.
The Final Instructions – for both UK runners and international runners – are also available to view online or download as a PDF below.
The Virgin Money London Marathon App
The app provides event week and Race Day information as well as letting you find and track participants during the race, locate points of interest on the route, and keep up with split times, leaderboard positions and results as the action unfolds.
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Registering for the Virgin Money London Marathon
Ahead of Race Day, all Virgin Money London Marathon runners must register at the Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show to collect their Race Pack (running number, timing tag and kitbag).
If you do not register at the Running Show you cannot race.
The pre-registration process
You will be sent an email in early April asking you to complete the online pre-registration process. Once you have completed the pre-registration form, you will receive an email that includes your running number and a QR code (this replaces the old-style Registration Form), plus a link to your online Final Instructions, which contain all the information you need for Race Day. There is no need to print this content, you simply need to have access to the confirmation email when attending Registration.
If you haven’t received your pre-registration email by Monday 8 April 2019, please contact email@example.com with your full name and date of birth.
Along with the confirmation email showing your QR code, you must bring your photo ID (passport or driving licence), to collect your Race Pack from Registration at the Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show at ExCeL London between 24-27 April 2019. You can check the opening times here.
What to do if you can’t attend the Running Show
We encourage everyone to register in person for the Virgin Money London Marathon however we know this isn’t always possible. If you cannot register in person you must send someone to register for you. Here’s what you need to do:
- Nominate someone to attend the Running Show and collect your Race Pack for you.
- Your nominee needs to provide a letter written and signed by you, giving permission for them to collect your Race Pack. They also need to bring a copy of your identification (for example, your passport or driving licence).
- Your nominee should also have access to (or bring a copy of) the email that contains your QR code and running number. The Registration Clerk will check this.
- Your nominee also needs to bring some identification (for example, their passport or driving licence).
Please note: an individual can only pick up one running number in addition to their own.
Registration for international runners
There are special desks at the Running Show for international runners to register – these are clearly marked.
A map of the Virgin Money London Marathon course is available to download below.
View our time-lapse video of the course below to see all 26.2 miles in just 90 seconds.
There are 19 Drinks Stations on the route of the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon situated as follows:
Buxton Natural Mineral Water
Available at miles 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24 and 25. Water is supplied in 250ml race bottles with a flip-top.
Available at miles 7, 11, 15, 19 and 23.
Lucozade Sport Carbo Gel stations
Available at miles 14, 18 and 22.
The Lucozade Sport Drinks Stations at miles 11 and 19 will offer drinks in compostable cups. Try drinking from a cup in training before Race Day.
At mile 23, Lucozade Sport will be provided in 25ml Ooho seaweed capsules. Oohos are edible and fully biodegradable, as well as vegan and allergen free.
To consume your Ooho, just pop it in your mouth and bite! If you don't want to eat the package, just nip it and drink the liquid.
We work to recycle as many bottles as we can and you can help. Bottles are easier to recycle if they are empty so remember to #DrinkDrainDrop – squeeze out any remaining liquid and drop your empty bottle to the side of the road. Local authority cleansing teams will collect the discarded bottles, which will then be sent for recycling.
Getting to the Start
A map of the Start and the coloured Start Areas is available to download below.
You can find all the information you need to travel to the Start on Race Day in your Final Instructions.
You can get to your designated Start Area via the following transport options:
The easiest way to get to the three start areas (Blue Start, Red Start and Green Start) is to travel by train.
- Blue Start runners should travel to Blackheath station
- Red Start runners should travel to either Greenwich station or Maze Hill station
- Green Start runners should travel to Maze Hill station
Travel on all of the above trains is free to competitors. You must present your running number to a member of staff at the station in order to take advantage of this offer.
MBNA Thames Clippers
MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus services run from key central London piers. Book your tickets in advance at www.thamesclippers.com.
We DO NOT advise competitors to travel by car, but if there is no other alternative you should remember the following:
- Roads in the area will close at 07:00, with local diversions in operation in the Greenwich, Charlton and Deptford areas
- There is limited parking available in Blackheath
- If you intend to leave your car at the start, you will need to retrieve it after the event once you have reached the finish in The Mall. There is NO parking in the vicinity of the finish.
Public transport is the best way to travel to the Start of the Virgin Money London Marathon. However, if you are planning to travel via coach, you should have applied for a coach vehicle pass via our accreditation team by 29 March 2019.
If your application is approved, passes will be posted to you by Friday 12 April. Please note we will only post the pass to the address you specify at the application stage.
On Race Day, it is mandatory that your coach driver display the pass clearly on the vehicle's dashboard/windscreen and that all required details on the pass are completed. Coach routes to the Start will be listed here nearer the time. Please be aware of event road closures.
Kitbags and baggage lorries
The PA systems at each start area will tell you when to put your kitbag onto the appropriate baggage vehicle in the start area.
You should hand your bag in at the lorry with the number range which corresponds to your running number. Staff on the lorries will only accept official Virgin Money London Marathon kitbags, so please ensure you have stuck your self-adhesive running number label to the kitbag where indicated.
You will then be able to retrieve your kitbag from the baggage lorries after you finish. Once you have deposited your kitbag on the lorry, you will not be able to retrieve your belongings until you arrive at the finish.
Runner's World x New Balance Pace Team
There will be 65 pacers from the Runner's World x New Balance Pace Team at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, ranging from 3:00 to 7:30 pace.
Pacers will carry large flags displaying their times – just look out for them in your allocated start zone and on the course.
A map of the Finish Area is available to download below.
After you have collected your belongings, you should move away from the baggage lorry area as quickly as possible. Please leave the secure area via the designated exit point only.
There is a runner meet and greet area where you will be able to meet your friends and family at one of the meeting points on The Mall and in Horse Guards Roads and Horse Guards Parade. These meeting points will be marked with letters of the alphabet, so you can arrange to meet at your family initial or another pre-arranged letter.
International runners have their own dedicated meet and greet area in The Mall, close to Admiralty Arch.
Click the button below for searchable 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon results.
If you secured a place in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon but are unable to take part on the day, find out what to do to run in 2020.