Event Info

Runner Info

Please find below information for runners participating in the Virgin Money London Marathon. The 2019 event will take place on Sunday 28 April.

Race Results

Click the button below for searchable 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon results.

Start Times

  • 08:55 – Elite Wheelchair Races
  • 09:00 – World Para Athletics Marathon Championships Ambulant Athletes
  • 09:15 – The Elite Women's Race
  • 10:00 – The Elite Men's Race, British Athletics & England Athletics Marathon Championships and Mass Race

Final Instructions

A link to a PDF of the Final Instructions for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon will be emailed to all runners by early April. This PDF magazine contains all the information runners need to have an enjoyable Race Day.

The Final Instructions – for both UK runners and international runners – will also be available to download on this page.

All runners need to attend the Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show prior to Race Day to register.

The course

A map of the Virgin Money London Marathon course is available to download below.

Drinks Stations

Drinks Stations are situated as follows:

Buxton Natural Mineral Water
  • Every mile after mile 3 through to 25, apart from miles 7 and 11, where Lucozade Sport is available. Water is supplied in 250ml race bottles with a flip-top
Lucozade Sport
  • Available at miles 7, 11, 15, 19 and 23

Lucozade Sport Carbo Gel stations can be found on The Highway at miles 14 and 21.5.

Compostable cups

Three Drinks Stations will be trialling compostable cups instead of bottles this year. Water stations at miles 10 and 19 and Lucozade Sport at mile 23 will offer drinks in compostable cups. Try drinking from a cup in training before Race Day.


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 three coloured Start Zones 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, and you can read more about how the Start process will work below.

You can get to your designated start area via the following transport options:

By train

The easiest way to get to the three start areas (Blue Start, Red Start and Green Start) is to travel by train.

  • Blue Start or Good For Age 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.

To begin planning your journey by train before you receive your Final Instructions magazine, please visit Southeastern, National Rail or Transport for London.

MBNA Thames Clippers

MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus services run from key central London piers. Book your tickets in advance at www.thamesclippers.com.

By car

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.
By coach

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 must apply for a coach vehicle pass via our accreditation team.

You will be required to provide a contact name, telephone number, organisation, delivery address and most importantly the vehicle registration.

Please note that you should only apply for a coach pass when absolutely necessary and should not apply for more than you require. The issuing of Virgin Money London Marathon coach passes is strictly controlled and you will be required to provide information to support your request at the application stage. Only validated applications will be issued with a coach pass.

Follow this link to apply for a coach pass

The deadline for coach pass applications is Friday 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.

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 running number, timing tag and kitbag.

The Running Show takes place at the ExCeL in east London. Visit our info page for more details (including opening hours, who's exhibiting and how to get to the venue).

If you do not register at the Running Show you cannot race.

The registration form

You will be sent a registration email with your Virgin Money London Marathon Final Instructions – please check your junk or spam folders. If you haven’t received your registration email, please contact helpdesk@londonmarathonevents.co.uk with your full name and date of birth.

You must print this email and bring it with you to the Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show along with your photo identification (for example, your passport or driving licence) in order to collect your runner number, timing tag and kitbag (see below for more info).

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 runner number for you.
  • Your nominee needs to provide a letter written and signed by you, giving permission for them to collect your number. They also need to bring a copy of your identification (for example, your passport or driving license).
  • Sign the declaration on your registration form. When your nominee gives the form to the Registration Clerk, they check your details.
  • 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.

International runners

There are special desks at the Running Show for international runners to register – these are clearly marked.

Runner's World Pace Team

Whatever your target time may be, the Runner's World Pace Team will be on hand to help you achieve your goal. Find your pace setter for the Virgin Money London Marathon at runnersworld.co.uk/pacing/pace-team

The Finish

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.

Deferred Entry 

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.