How to Enter

Championship Entry

Applications for a championship entry into the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon will open at 10:00 on Wednesday 27 November 2019 and close at 17:00 on Friday 17 January 2020. Applicants will need to submit their application within this window.

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.

The closing date for completing and paying for your entry (if successful) will be 17:00 on Friday 24 January 2020.

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 2018 or 2019, you are able to apply for a championship entry place in the 2020 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 2018.

Qualifying times must be run at an event that has a certified marathon course. Race courses must be certified by UKA, the Association for International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), or a national governing body for distance running for the country in which the race is held.

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 (ie 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.

All runners in the Championship start zone must wear their club vest.

Please email helpdesk@londonmarathonevents.co.uk if you have any questions.

Championship Upgrade

If you already have a confirmed 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon entry, you will be able to upgrade to the Championship start from Monday 27 January 2020. In order to upgrade you must meet the qualifying criteria as stated above.

Applications will close on Friday 7 February 2020.