A record number of 253,930 UK applicants had registered for a ballot place in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon when the application system closed on Friday 6 May. This is an increase of more than 6,000 from the previous record of 247,069 applications for the 2016 event.

Just under 56 per cent of the applications for 2017 were from people who have never run a marathon and more than 43 per cent of the total applicants were women (also a record).

“These numbers reflect the huge success of the 36th London Marathon on 24 April 2016,” said Hugh Brasher, Event Director. “One of our goals is to inspire people to take up sport and more than 142,000 people have been inspired to apply to run a marathon for the first time in 2017. 

“In 1981, less than 300 of the finishers were women. More than 110,000 women have applied to run next year and for first timers to marathon running it is virtually a 50/50 split of men and women.  

“The London Marathon has had an extraordinary impact that has helped to inspire profound social change. It is an iconic event that compels people to take up running and to raise millions for charity. The London Marathon Charitable Trust has enabled thousands more to get active through its funding of a huge range of recreational projects.”

Entrants will be notified of the ballot results in October 2016.