London Marathon Events has announced changes to the Good for Age qualification process for the Virgin Money London Marathon.

The number of Good for Age entries is capped at a total of 6,000 places for the 2019 event which will be split evenly with 3,000 entries for women and 3,000 entries for men.

The qualifying period to achieve a Good for Age time has been extended to one year and seven months. Runners applying for a Good for Age time in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon must achieve the qualifying time between 1 January 2017 and 10 August 2018.

If the number of Good for Age applicants exceeds the number of places available, then the qualifying time will be reduced evenly across the age group categories until 3000 runners of that gender are accepted.

Good for Age runners who were unable to run the 2018 race and withdrew using the existing process, will still qualify for a guaranteed 2019 Good for Age place, as long as they pay the entry fee by the deadline of 17:00 on Friday 22 June 2018. The email for the guaranteed places will be sent out on Monday 4 June 2018. Full details are here

A Good for Age runner who has a place in the 2019 race but is unable to run will be guaranteed a place in the 2020 race only if:

  1. They have run the same time or better than their original qualification time within the qualification period for 2020 (1 January 2018 to 12 August 2019) and
  2. They apply through the standard Good for Age process between 1 August and 12 August 2019.

The qualifying age categories have been amended so that all Abbott World Marathon Majors races are using similar age categories before qualification begins later this year for the new Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group Championships.

“A Good for Age place in the Virgin Money London Marathon is a hugely prized route to entry to the world’s greatest marathon and runners work hard to achieve the qualifying times,” said Hugh Brasher, Event Director. “We think it is right there is gender parity and more ages groups for Good for Age applicants.”

The Good for Age qualifying times for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon are:

Men Time (in hours) Women Time (in hours)
Age 18-39 sub 3:00 Age 18-39 sub 3:45
Age 40-44 sub 3:05 Age 40-44 sub 3:50
Age 45-49 sub 3:10 Age 45-49 sub 3:53
Age 50-54 sub 3:15 Age 50-54 sub 4:00
Age 55-59 sub 3:20 Age 55-59 sub 4:05
Age 60-64 sub 3:45 Age 60-64 sub 4:30
Age 65-69 sub 4:00 Age 65-69 sub 5:00
Age 70-74 sub 5:00 Age 70-74 sub 6:00
Age 75-79 sub 5:15 Age 75-79 sub 6:20
80+ sub 5:30 80+ sub 6:40

The application process for Good for Age places in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon opens on 1 August 2018 and closes on 10 August 2018.

Further information is available on our Good for Age entry page