How to Enter

Deferred Entry

We will now email details of the deferral process to all runners following the final decision on the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, which is due by Friday 7 August. See here for more information.

Providing you have an eligible entry*, if you withdraw your entry by 20:00 on Saturday 3 October 2020 and you have paid the 2020 entry fee, you will be offered a guaranteed place in a future London Marathon**.

*Eligible entries are:

  • UK Ballot
  • International Ballot
  • Club
  • Volunteer/stakeholder group

More details regarding the deferral of a Good For Age or Championship place will be published no later than 31 August 2020.

For eligible entries, the following terms and conditions apply:

  • You are required to pay the full entry fee for the 2020 event and the future event. Entry fees are not refundable under any circumstances.

For the full terms and conditions of entry, please click here.

Important: if you withdraw from the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, you will receive an email link to a guaranteed entry form for a future London Marathon no later than Monday 5 October 2020. If you have not received this by Tuesday 6 October 2020, please contact our Helpdesk as quickly as possible and certainly no later than Wednesday 7 October 2020. The deadline for completing the online guaranteed entry form is 17:00 on Friday 9 October 2020.

**Please note:

Due to Covid-19, we are unsure how many people will want to defer their entry to the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon.

Since more than 400,000 people who applied for a place in 2020 were not successful, we believe it is important that those who didn’t get a place in 2020 are not denied the opportunity in 2021 as well.

As a result, if you want to defer from 2020, you will be offered a choice of deferring to one of three years: 2021, 2022 or 2023. You will be asked to indicate your first choice.

We will work to allocate people to their preferred year but, if this is not possible, we will hold a ballot to determine the year you will be allocated a place.

As always, the entry fee for the 2021, 2022 or 2023 event must be paid before the relevant deadline to secure the place in the event.