How to Enter

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.