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Good For Age Entry

The application process for Good for Age places in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon opens on 1 August 2018 and closes at 16:00 on 10 August 2018.

Do I qualify?

London Marathon Events has announced changes to the Good for Age qualification process for the Virgin Money London Marathon.

The number of Good for Age entries is capped at a total of 6,000 places for the 2019 event which will be split evenly with 3,000 entries for women and 3,000 entries for men.

You will be eligible to make a Good for Age application for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon if you achieve the qualifying time between 1 January 2017 and 10 August 2018.

The Good for Age qualifying times for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon are:

Men Time (in hours) Women Time (in hours)
Age 18-39 sub 3:00 Age 18-39 sub 3:45
Age 40-44 sub 3:05 Age 40-44 sub 3:50
Age 45-49 sub 3:10 Age 45-49 sub 3:53
Age 50-54 sub 3:15 Age 50-54 sub 4:00
Age 55-59 sub 3:20 Age 55-59 sub 4:05
Age 60-64 sub 3:45 Age 60-64 sub 4:30
Age 65-69 sub 4:00 Age 65-69 sub 5:00
Age 70-74 sub 5:00 Age 70-74 sub 6:00
Age 75-79 sub 5:15 Age 75-79 sub 6:20
80+ sub 5:30 80+ sub 6:40

Please note: If the number of Good for Age applicants exceeds the number of places available, then the qualifying time will be reduced evenly across the age group categories listed above until 3,000 runners of that gender are accepted.

Good for Age runners who were unable to run the 2018 race and withdrew using the existing process, will still qualify for a guaranteed 2019 Good for Age place, as long as they pay the entry fee by the deadline of 17:00 on 22 June 2018. The link will be sent on 4 June 2018 – full details are here

A Good for Age runner who has a place in the 2019 race but is unable to run will be guaranteed a place in the 2020 race only if:

  1. They have run the same time or better than their original qualification time within the qualification period for 2020 (1 January 2018 to 12 August 2019) and 
  2. They apply through the standard Good for Age process between 1 August and 12 August 2019.

Good for Age FAQs

Q. Why has the application process changed?
A. The Good for Age application process has changed to ensure there is gender parity among registrants.

Q. Why have the men’s qualifying times changed more than the women’s?
A. To ensure a closer ratio of applications between the genders.

Q. If I qualify for a Good for Age entry, am I guaranteed a place?
A. Unlike in previous years, meeting the qualifying time for your age category does not guarantee entry into the event, but simply the opportunity to submit an application. Please see ‘Do I qualify?’ above for more details about the process for qualification.

Q. Which marathons are eligible?
A. 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.

Q. Why have the age categories changed?
A. The qualifying age categories have been amended so that all Abbott World Marathon Majors races are using similar age categories before qualification begins later this year for the new Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group Championships.

Q. Do I need to enter the ballot if I have a Good for Age qualification time?
A. Yes, we advise you to enter the ballot as a Good for Age qualification time does not guarantee you a place. If more than 3,000 runners of your gender are quicker than you, unfortunately you will not get a Good for Age Place. The ballot will be open on Monday 30 April and will close on Friday 4 May at 17:00. You will be notified on the outcome of your Good for Age application before the ballot has been drawn. If you are successful in obtaining a Good for Age entry, your ballot application will be withdrawn.

Q. Do you work out Good for Age times based on the age I was when I ran the qualifying time or on the age I will be on Race Day?
A. The age you ran the time. For example, a female runner who achieves a marathon time of 3:45:10 as a 39-year-old but on Race Day is 40 does not qualify for the 40-44 age group.

Q. What do I need to provide as proof?
A. You will need to provide the following:

  • Proof of performance – this can be a link to the results webpage or a file (jpg, PDF) which clearly displays the name, date and qualifying time of the event.
  • Proof of age – This can either be a copy of your passport, driving licence or birth certificate.
  • Proof of UK residence – this must be an official document proving your residence in the UK, such as a recent utility bill (within the last three months) or driving licence.