Update to runners, 19 March 2020
The following information was sent to 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon runners on Thursday 19 March 2020:
We are writing to give you an update about the postponed 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, which is now scheduled to take place on Sunday 4 October 2020.
Thank you for your understanding about the difficult decision we made last week to postpone The 40th Race. With your help, we know the event in October will be a really special occasion.
Please bear with us while we finalise all the details for October's event, including the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon and The Running Show. We'll send you regular email updates and also share information on social media. Please add this email address to your contacts/address book to ensure you receive these updates.
Here's what we are able to share with you at the moment:
As we mentioned last week, everyone who had a confirmed place in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon (including those who had withdrawn from the April date) will be able to use it in the rescheduled event on Sunday 4 October. YOU DON'T NEED TO DO ANYTHING TO RECONFIRM YOUR PLACE, EVEN IF YOU HAD ALREADY WITHDRAWN.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO TAKE PART ON SUNDAY 4 OCTOBER, BELOW ARE DETAILS OF YOUR OPTIONS. YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE OF THESE OPTIONS BY MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY 26 APRIL 2020. THE SYSTEM ALLOWING YOU TO CHOOSE ONE OF THESE OPTIONS WILL OPEN IN EARLY APRIL.
UK & International Ballot, Club & Deferred entry
You will be able to defer your entry until the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday 25 April 2021 – please note that you will need to pay the 2021 event entry fee if you choose this option. If you do not want to defer to 2021, you will be able to either return your 2020 place and receive a full refund or donate your 2020 entry fee to The London Marathon Charitable Trust.
Good For Age or British Championship entry
You will only be able to defer your entry to the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon if your qualification time was achieved after 1 January 2019. If your qualification time was achieved before 1 January 2019, you will be able to either return your 2020 place and receive a full refund or donate your 2020 entry fee to The London Marathon Charitable Trust.
Charity or Sponsor entry
If you have a place from a charity but can't take part on Sunday 4 October, you must speak directly with the charity to discuss your options as the place belongs to them. If you have a place from a sponsor and you paid the entry fee, then your options are the same as a UK ballot runner (see above). If the sponsor paid for the entry, then you must speak directly to the sponsor to determine your options.
Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships
All runners with places in the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships will automatically be entered into the rescheduled 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 4 October. If you are not able to take part on 4 October, you will not be able to defer to the 2021 race. You will be able to choose either a full refund or to donate your entry fee to The London Marathon Charitable Trust.
International entrants who booked through an authorised tour operator should contact them for full details. Your entry will be rolled over to Sunday 4 October 2020 or you will be able to receive a refund from the tour operator. Alternatively, you will be able to defer to the 2021 event. Details of how you can do this will be explained to you by your tour operator.
Back of the Pack entry
If you are one of the 'Back of the Pack' runners who had a free entry in the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon and you cannot run on the rescheduled date of Sunday 4 October 2020, you will be able to roll that free entry over to the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon. The system for this will open in April and we'll be in touch when it opens. If you are deferring your place to 2021, you will need to make that choice by midnight on Sunday 26 April.
If you are unable to run on Sunday 4 October, the system allowing you to choose one of the above options will open in early April – we will let you know the exact date shortly. If you do not want to run, or you are unable to run, on Sunday 4 October 2020, you'll need to choose one of the options outlined above by midnight on Sunday 26 April 2020. After 26 April, only UK and International ballot entrants from 2020 and club runners for this year's event will be able to apply to defer their entry to 2021 providing you pay the 2021 event entry fee.
We have also put together a new FAQs page which hopefully answers any other questions you may have about the rescheduled 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon.
Watch out for our regular newsletter tomorrow, which will feature expert advice from our running coach Martin Yelling about exercising during these challenging times and how to approach your training over the next six months. We will also update you on plans for the ballot for the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon.
Thanks again for your understanding and please look after yourself over the coming weeks.
The Virgin Money London Marathon Team