How to Enter

Deferred Entry

If you have to withdraw from the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, we will guarantee you a place in the 2020 race – unless you had already carried your ballot entry over from 2018 – providing that you follow these simple instructions:

You need to complete the online withdrawal form no later than 20:00 on Saturday 27 April 2019. You will then be sent an email confirming your application for withdrawal.

Providing you meet the deadlines and pay the appropriate entry fee for 2020, you will be accepted for the 2020 race unless you have already carried your entry over from 2018 or if the entry was received from a charity or sponsor. Please note that runners may only defer their place for one year.

Runners who withdraw will receive an email link for a guaranteed entry form for the 2020 race on Monday 3 June 2019. If you have not received this by Tuesday 11 June, please email our Helpdesk at as quickly as possible and certainly no later than Wednesday 19 June. The closing date for completion of the online guaranteed entry form is 17:00 on Friday 21 June 2019.

Please note that entry fees are not refundable under any circumstances (see terms and conditions). However, we do offer this option to apply for a guaranteed entry for the following year to everyone who got their place through the ballot and then has to withdraw. This means it is not necessary to go through the ballot process again. Please note that it is only possible to withdraw and apply for a guaranteed place once. If you took up a guaranteed place for 2019 and then need to withdraw again, you will not be eligible for a guaranteed place in 2020.

In order to secure your guaranteed place in 2020, you must have met the deadlines outlined in the withdrawal process and pay the entry fee for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.