The wait is over. From Monday the 386,050 applicants for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon will find out if they have been successful in the ballot and have a place in the race on Sunday 22 April.

The world record number of hopefuls was 73,586 up from the previous UK applicant record of 253,930 for the 2017 event - an increase of nearly 29 per cent.

A total of 58,534 people applied in the overseas ballot. Just over 58% of the UK applications for 2018 were from people who have never run a marathon and more than 45% of the total UK applicants were women (also a new record).

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 9 October before contacting the London Marathon helpdesk.

"The Virgin Money London Marathon is the most popular marathon on the planet with a world record number of people applying in the ballot for 2018. Unfortunately that means a huge number of people will be disappointed after the ballot," said Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the Virgin Money London Marathon. "But I'd remind everyone that there is still a chance to gain a place in the 2018 race by fundraising for a charity. Charities with places available are listed on our website."

Runners in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon raised more than £61.5 million for charity setting a new record for an annual single day charity fundraising event for the eleventh successive year. That brought the total raised for charity by the world’s greatest marathon to more than £890 million since the event was founded in 1981.