The wait is over. From today (Monday 7 October) the 457,861 applicants for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon will find out if they have been successful in the ballot and have a place in the race on Sunday 26 April.

The world record number of hopefuls included 373,736 applicants from the UK, an increase of 25,860 from the record number that applied for the 2019 race. A total of 84,125 people applied in the international ballot.

More than 56 per cent of the UK applications for 2020 were from people who have never run a marathon before and just under 48 per cent of the total UK applicants were women.

The ballot is a completely random draw, just like the National Lottery, so everyone who applies has an equal chance of success.

Everyone who has won a place in the ballot will receive a confirmation letter and magazine through the post. Unsuccessful applicants will receive either a magazine or will be emailed an e-zine.

Applicants who have not received their ballot result are asked to wait until Monday 14 October before contacting the London Marathon Customer Services Team.    

"The Virgin Money London Marathon is the most popular marathon on the planet with, once again, a world record number of people applying in the ballot for 2020.” said Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon.

“Unfortunately, that means a huge number of people will be disappointed after the ballot, but I'd remind everyone that there is still a chance to gain a place in the 2020 race by fundraising for a charity. Charities with places available are listed on our website."

Runners in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon raised more than £66.4 million for charity, setting a new record for an annual single-day charity fundraising event for the 13th successive year. That brought the total raised for charity by the world’s greatest marathon to more than £1 billion since the event was founded in 1981.