How to Enter

2021 Championship Entry

Championship runners with qualifying times in 2019

If you had a place in the 2020 event and your time was run in a qualifying event from 1 January 2019 to 17 January 2020, you will be offered a Championship entry in the 2021 event taking place on 3 October 2021 when we email you on 1 September 2020.

Please note: if you request a refund of your 2020 entry fee or do not respond before the deadline of 17:00 BST on Friday 18 September 2020, you will not have a place in the 2021 event.

Championship runners with qualifying times BEFORE 1 January 2019

If you had a Championship place in the 2020 event and you ran the qualifying time before 1 January 2019, but subsequently achieve the 2020 qualifying time between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2020 as published in Table 1 below, you will be able to get a guaranteed Championship place in the 2021 event, subject to providing evidence of the qualifying performance.

If you had a place in the 2020 event and you ran the qualifying time in 2018, you can also get a Championship entry in the 2021 event by running full marathon time in the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 4 October displayed in Table 1 below. If you don’t run the full marathon time in Table 1, you can also still get a Good for Age place by running the relevant time.

Please note: these qualifying times apply for the 2021 race only and are only applicable for runners who had previously qualified for the 2020 event and run the time in the virtual Virgin Money London Marathon.

Table 1: Virgin Money London Marathon Championship 2021 qualifying times
Men Women
Full marathon sub 2:45:00 sub 3:15:00
Half marathon sub 1:15:00 sub 1:30:00

Runners taking part in the virtual event who don’t have a Championship place from the 2020 event

If you are taking part in the virtual event on 4 October 2020, you will be able to get a Championship place in the 2021 event if you achieve the relevant time as displayed in Table 1 above in that event and submit evidence of a half marathon time as displayed in Table 1 above on a certified course/event during the qualifying time period (1 January 2019 until 31 December 2020).

Championship applications for 2021 for runners who did not have a place in 2020 and are not taking part in the virtual event

If you do not have a Championship place from the 2020 process, and you are not taking part in the virtual event, you may still apply for a Championship place in the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon.

The time frame for submitting your qualifying evidence for a 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon championship place is Monday 21 December 2020 – 17:00 on Friday 15 January 2021.

Confirmation of your place will be sent to you by Friday 29 January 2021.

Your qualifying performance for a marathon (or half marathon) must be from 18 January 2019 to 31 December 2020. You will need to provide evidence of a qualifying performance as detailed in Table 2 below.

Table 2: Virgin Money London Marathon Championship 2021 qualifying times
Men Women
Full marathon sub 2:40:00 sub 3:14:00
Half marathon sub 1:12:30 sub 1:28:00

Qualifying times must be run at an event that has a certified marathon course. Race courses must be certified by UKA, the Association for International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), or a national governing body for distance running for the country in which the race is held.

Additionally, you must be registered with your National Governing Body (ie England Athletics, Scotland Athletics, Welsh Athletics, Athletics Northern Ireland) otherwise your application will be rejected. If you are unsure whether or not you are registered, please check with your National Governing Body.

All runners in the Championship start zone must wear their club vest.

How to apply

Details of the application process will be published on the website no later than 30 November 2020.

Championship qualification for the 2022 London Marathon will be for races run between 1 January 2021 and 31 Dec 2021.

Championship qualification for the 2023 London Marathon will be for races run between 1 January 2022 and 31 Dec 2022.