When and where to start
Getting to the start
Start Assembly Areas
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There are four Assembly Areas and three Start Lines at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon. Suggested arrival times are listed here. Please note: Good for Age runners are spread across all three Start Lines this year.
The easiest way to get to the Start Assembly Areas (Blue, Green, Red and Yellow) is to travel by train. The nearest stations are Greenwich, Blackheath and Maze Hill.
Runners can travel to any of these stations for free on Southeastern services from London stations – you simply need to show your Virgin Money London Marathon running number to station staff.
View the Race Day train timetable to find out more.
London Underground and Docklands Light Railway are also offering free travel to runners until 17:00 on Race Day for those who need to connect with mainline stations. Again, you will need to show your running number to station staff.
- If you have a blue running number you must go to the Blue Assembly Area.
- If you have a green running number you must go to the Green Assembly Area.
- If you have a red running number on a white background you must go to the Red Assembly Area.
- If you have a red running number on a yellow background you must go to the Yellow Assembly Area.
The easiest way to get to the four Start Assembly Areas is to travel by train to the following stations:
Blue Assembly Area: train to Blackheath Station, followed by a 10-minute walk
Green Assembly Area: train to Maze Hill Station, followed by a 10 to 15-minute walk
Red Assembly Area: train to Maze Hill or Greenwich Station, followed by a 10 to 15-minute walk
Yellow Assembly Area: train to Blackheath Station, followed by a 10-minute walk
You will be informed of your Start Zone when you register at the Virgin Money London Marathon Running Show. The Start Zone you have been allocated is based on your predicted finish time when you entered.
You cannot change your Start Area under any circumstances, or move to an earlier Start Zone. However, if your predicted finish time is now too fast, you will be allowed to join a later Start Zone. No need to let us know, just join the slower zone on the day.
Plan your journey to the Start as trains are busy on Race Day morning.