How to Enter

Championship Entry

The 2018 race

Applications for a championship entry into the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon are now open.


Runners will need to submit their application by 17:00 on Monday 8 January 2018. Once you have applied, we will be checking your application and if successful, we will send you an email containing a link, which will allow you to complete and pay for your entry.

If you have not received an email by 17:00 on Wednesday 17 January 2018 please call our helpdesk on 020 7902 0200.

The closing date for completing and paying for your entry (if successful) is 17:00 on Monday 22 January 2018.

Do I qualify?

If you're a member of an athletics club associated with British Athletics and you achieve(d) a championship-qualifying performance for a marathon (or half marathon) in 2016 or 2017, you are able to apply for a championship entry place in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.

You will need to have completed a marathon (or half marathon) in the same time, or faster than, the times listed below – these are the official championship qualifying performance times. Your qualifying time must be achieved after 1 January 2016:

Men Time (in hours) Women Time (in hours)
Full marathon sub 2:45 Full marathon sub 3:15
Half marathon sub 1:15 Half marathon sub 1:30

Additionally, you must be registered with your National Governing Body (i.e. England Athletics, Scotland Athletics, Welsh Athletics, Athletics Northern Ireland) otherwise your application will be rejected. If you are unsure whether or not you are registered, please check with your NGB.

Please note: If you already have a Good for Age place in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon you did not need to apply again. Please email from January for instructions on how to upgrade your entry.

Brighton Half Marathon results

Following the announcement that the course used for the Brighton half Marathon in 2016 was 146m short of the 13.1-mile distance, London Marathon Events Ltd has reviewed its Championship qualification process.

London Marathon Events Ltd will continue to accept times recorded in the Brighton Half Marathon in 2016 for Championship time qualification for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, with the following conditions:

  • For female runners, thirty-eight (38) seconds will be added to the official finish time
  • For male runners, thirty-one (31) seconds will be added to the official finish time