How to Enter

Good For Age Entry

Applications for Good for Age entry into the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon will open on Wednesday 7 August 2019 and close on Friday 16 August 2019.

Can I apply for Good for Age entry?

The number of Good for Age entries for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon is capped at a total of 6,000 places which will be split evenly with 3,000 entries for women and 3,000 entries for men.

You are eligible to apply for Good for Age entry into the 2020 event if you are a UK resident and achieved the time listed below for your age category between 1 January 2018 and 6 August 2019.

Please be reminded that running the time for your age category does not guarantee entry into the event, but simply the opportunity to submit an application.

You must have achieved the time shown below for your age category/gender to be eligible to apply for a Good for Age entry to the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon:

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

If the number of Good for Age applicants exceeds the number of places available, then the times shown above 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.

Belfast Marathon results

Following the announcement that the course used for the Belfast Marathon in May 2019 was 544m longer than the 26.2-mile distance, runners will be eligible to submit a Good for Age application using their adjusted 2019 Belfast Marathon times.

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 run within the qualification period for the 2020 race. If your qualifying time was set outside the 2020 race qualification period (1 January 2018 to 31 July 2019), this will not permit a deferred entry to 2020.