Information for runners participating in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon will appear here in due course.
Please see below for full runner information relating to the 2016 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 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon Final Instructions magazines were mailed out to all runners (apart from overseas runners who will be 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 – is also available below to download.
All UK runners should have received their 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon Final Instructions magazines by Thursday 31 March.
All overseas runners should have received a PDF of the Final Instructions by Thursday 24 March.
What happens next?
Ahead of Race Day, ALL 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon RUNNERS needed 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 have received your registration form in the post at the end of March with your 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon Final Instructions magazine (overseas runners were sent their registration forms by email).
You needed to bring your registration form with you to the 2016 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 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon Expo
The 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon Expo was held from Wednesday 20 April to Saturday 23 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 were special desks at the Expo for overseas runners to register – these were clearly marked.
To ensure smooth arrival for coaches at the start, a coach pass was provided for drivers to display on the vehicle’s dashboard.