How to Enter

Good For Age Entry

Applications for 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon Good for Age entries are now closed. Applications were open from Wednesday 1 August to 17:00 on Friday 10 August.

If you submitted an application and received a verified email, you were entered into the Good for Age selection process.

If you submitted an application and received an email requesting additional information, you had until 17:00 on Monday 13 August to respond accordingly.

All applications which were verified were informed of whether they have been successful in qualifying for a 2019 Good for Age place on Wednesday 15 August. Successful applicants then had until 17:00 on Wednesday 29 August to pay for their entry.

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 were eligible to make a Good for Age application for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon if you are a UK resident and achieved the qualifying time between 1 January 2017 and 10 August 2018.

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

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 be reminded that 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. 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.

For further information, please visit our Good for Age FAQs page.

Deferring your 2019 Good for Age entry

Participants who have a Good for Age entry for 2019 will be eligible to defer their entry to 2020, based on two conditions:

  1. You must not have deferred your 2018 entry to 2019.
  2. Your qualifying time must have been in 2018. If your qualifying time for 2019 was set in 2017, this will not permit a deferred entry to 2020.