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Participant with disabilities

Taking part with a disability

At London Marathon Events we believe that sport and activity should be accessible for all. That’s why our dedicated team works to support people with a huge range of disabilities – from elite wheelchair athletes to everyday participants – to complete the Virgin Money London Marathon each year.

Please see below for more information on how to take part in the London Marathon if you have a disability, how to enter, and what to do if you have any questions or concerns.

Virgin Money London Marathon elite wheelchair race

Take a look at the table below for the classifications and relevant qualifying times athletes need to meet to be eligible to apply for a place in the 2021 elite wheelchair race. If you are eligible, you should apply for a place through your National Federation.

Men

T54 Marathon T52, T53, T54 3:00:00

Women

T54 Marathon T52, T53, T54 3:35:00

 

UK athletes and non-invited elite athletes

If you are a qualified UK athlete or a non-invited elite athlete in the T52, T53 and T54 classes who has not been selected for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2021, you still have the opportunity to take part in the 2021 wheelchair race.

In order to take part, you must have achieved the qualification time of 3:00:00 on a certified marathon course between 1 January 2019 and 21 December 2020. You will need to produce documentation that shows this.

If you have achieved this time, please contact paraathletes@londonmarathonevents.co.uk before Friday 2 July 2021. Unfortunately we cannot accept entries after this date.

Please note:

  • all participants in the in the T52 or T53/54 competitions must use a racing wheelchair approved under World Para Athletics rules
  • no handcycles are permitted
  • all participants must have a national classification

How to enter if you have a disability

If you have a disability, you can enter the Virgin Money London Marathon through the public ballot or apply to a charity for a place, as long as you are eligible to take part (see below).

The public ballot online entry system for the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon opened on Sunday 4 October 2020 and closed on Friday 9 October 2020. All those who entered the ballot will find out the results via email during the week commencing Monday 8 February.

If you require assistance with the online entry process, please contact our Customer Services team and we will be happy to help you complete your entry.

Eligibility for the London Marathon

To take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon, you must be able to do so under your own power. This is because the event is held under International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), World Para Athletics and British Athletics rules, which expressly prohibit any participant or non-participant – whether disabled or able-bodied – to be pushed by a third party, as it is defined as assistance, or use any device that is primarily the cause of forward movement. Motorised devices are also not permitted, and handbikes, skates, roller blades, skateboards, scooters or any geared device may not be used in any circumstances.

The only wheeled equipment or devices that you may use are: IPC-approved racing chairs entered into the Elite or Para Athletics events, standard day chairs/wheelchairs in the mass participation event, and Race Runners. If you want to use a Race Runner you must contact disability@londonmarathonevents.co.uk.

In order to receive a finisher’s medal, you must complete the event by the official cut-off time, which is currently 19:00 on Sunday 3 October 2021.

On Marathon Day we have to meet a strict schedule to reopen the capital’s roads and get London moving again. This means that if you are slower than seven-hour pace (16 minutes per mile), you will effectively become a pedestrian and will need to share the pavement with others as the clean-up operation takes place on the roads around you. Seven-hour pace begins when the last participants cross the Start Line, which is predicted to be at 10:50 in 2021.

Support runner

Taking part with a support runner

If you are visually impaired and need the assistance of a guide, or your disability and/or medical condition means you need a support runner, you can apply for a free London Marathon place for them. Please contact us via the link below outlining your request and the reasons for it.

We allocate a timing chip to guide and support runners. We are currently working with our timing and results providers to create a new system where the guide or support runner will be given a time in the official results, which will be linked to the time of the runner they are supporting in the results system. The official results will make it clear where a finisher has been running as a guide or support runner.

Guide and support runners will also receive a finisher medal, the finisher T-shirt and recovery bag when they cross the line with their runner in The Mall.

Additional support for participants with disabilities

If you have a disability and would like to request a waiver of the cut-off time for medal purposes, or if you would like to use a Race Runner or similar equipment in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, you must submit a request to disability@londonmarathonevents.co.uk.

Please outline the nature of your request and the reasons for it, and please remember that you must have a place in the event for your request to be considered. Each application will be considered on a case-by-case basis – we look forward to hearing from you.

More entry information

    • Good For Age Entry

      Have you run a fast time? You might qualify for a Good For Age place

    • Ballot entry

      How to apply for the ballot

    • Conditions of Entry

      Please read our general Conditions of Entry before applying to take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon

    • Good For Age Entry

      Have you run a fast time? You might qualify for a Good For Age place

    • Ballot entry

      How to apply for the ballot

    • Conditions of Entry

      Please read our general Conditions of Entry before applying to take part in the Virgin Money London Marathon

    • Good For Age Entry

      Have you run a fast time? You might qualify for a Good For Age place

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