Good For Age Entry
'Good for Age' entry into the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon is now closed. The deadline to apply was Friday 23 June at 17:00.
Please be aware that if you applied, we will be checking your application and if accepted, 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 either an acceptance or rejection email by Monday 3 July please call our Helpdesk on 020 7902 0200.
The closing date for completing and paying for your entry (if accepted) is Friday 7 July at 17:00.
Do I qualify?
You will be eligible for a Good for Age entry into the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon if you have run a full marathon in the same time, or faster than, the times listed below since 1 January 2016.
If you have achieved a Good for Age time as listed in the table below, please do not enter the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon via the public ballot entry system.
|Men||Time (in hours)||Women||Time (in hours)|
|Age 18-40||sub 3:05||Age 18-40||sub 3:45|
|Age 41-49||sub 3:15||Age 41-49||sub 3:50|
|Age 50-59||sub 3:20||Age 50-59||sub 4:00|
|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 70-75||sub 5:00||Age 70-75||sub 6:00|
|76+||sub 5:30||76+||sub 6:30|
Please note: Qualifying times are reviewed yearly and may change for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon.
Good for Age FAQs
Q. Can I use the same qualifying time twice?
A. Yes, as long as the time was achieved after 1 January 2016. If you entered the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon as a Good for Age runner using a qualifying time achieved in 2016, this can be used again.
Q. When applying for Good for Age entry do I use the gun or the chip time for the marathon that I have run?
A. Good for Age times are based on chip time.
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 will be on Race Day. For example a male runner who achieves a marathon time of 3:05:10 as a 40-year-old but on Race Day is 41 will qualify for an entry within the 41-49 age bracket.
Q. Which marathons are eligible?
A. Any official timed marathon which is 26.2 miles in length is eligible.
Q. Do I need to enter the ballot?
A. Please do not enter the ballot if you meet the criteria detailed in the table above.
Q. Is Good for Age a guaranteed entry?
A. Yes, as long as you apply and pay for the entry by the closing dates stated (these will be updated over the coming weeks).
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 license 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 license.