Please find below information for runners participating in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon.
Race Start Time
The start time of the mass race at the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon was 10:00 on Sunday 24 April.
For more details of race times from the 2016 event, please visit our 'How to follow the Virgin Money London Marathon' guide.
The Virgin Money London Marathon Final Instructions magazines are mailed out to all runners (apart from overseas runners who are emailed a PDF of the Final Instructions). This magazine contains all the information runners need to have a trouble-free Race Day. A condensed version of the essential Final Instructions – for both UK runners and overseas runners – will be available to download in due course.
A condensed version of the 2016 Final Instructions is available to download below.
All UK runners should receive their 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Final Instructions magazines by late March/early April.
All overseas runners should receive a PDF of the Final Instructions by the end of March.
What happens next?
Ahead of Race Day, ALL 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon RUNNERS need to register at the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo to collect their running number, timing tag and kitbag. Your Final Instructions magazine explains this in full but see below for more details. Visit our Expo Info page for more details (including opening hours, who's exhibiting and how to get to the venue: ExCeL in east London).
Registering for the Virgin Money London Marathon
Part 1 - The registration form
You will receive your registration form in the post at the end of March/beginning of April with your 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Final Instructions magazine (overseas runners are sent their registration forms by email).
You need to bring your registration form with you to the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Expo along with your Photo identification (see details in Part 2) in order to collect your runner number, timing tag and kitbag (see below for more info).
Part 2 - The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Expo
The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Expo will be held from Wednesday 19 April to Saturday 22 April at ExCeL in east London. All runners need to attend on one of these days to register.
What to do if you couldn’t attend the Expo
Although we encourage everyone to register for the Virgin Money London Marathon in person we know this isn’t always possible. Here’s what you needed to do if you couldn’t attend the event:
- Nominate someone to attend the Expo and collect your runner number for you.
- Your nominee needed to provide a letter written and signed by you, giving permission for them to collect your number. They also needed to bring a copy of your identification.
- Sign the declaration on your registration form. When your nominee gave the form to the Registration Clerk, they checked your details.
- Your nominee also needed to bring some identification (for example, their passport or driving license).
There are special desks at the Expo for overseas runners to register – these are clearly marked.
Deferred Entry (due to injury or illness)
If you secure a place in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon but are unable to take part on the day because you are ill or injured, find out about deferred entry and what to do to run in 2018.
To ensure smooth arrival for coaches at the start, a coach pass is provided for drivers to display on the vehicle’s dashboard.