As the world gets ready for a very different London Marathon this weekend, plenty of runners will be wondering when we can expect the greatest marathon in the world to feel more ‘normal’.
The 2020 London Marathon has been moved to an elite-only field, with 45,000 runners taking part in the virtual version of the race from 109 different countries. The 2021 edition of the race has been moved from April to Sunday 3 October 2021, to give organisers the best chance of putting on a mass participation event.
But how do you enter the ballot for the 2021 race and are there fewer spaces on offer? Here’s everything you need to know:
When does the ballot open for the 2021 London Marathon?
The ballot for the 2021 London Marathon opens on Sunday 4 October 2020.
When does the ballot close?
The ballot will close at 5pm on Friday 9 October 2021.
When will the results of the ballot be announced?
The results for the 2021 ballot will be announced in early January 2021.
Are there fewer ballot places on offer due to 2020 runners deferring their space?
Runners who had a place in the 2020 race were contacted by the London Marathon organisers earlier this year and given the option to defer their place to a future London Marathon. Runners were asked to choose their first choice of deferral year, but could be given a spot in the 2022 or 2023 race, to ensure there are ballot spots on offer for runners who didn’t have a place in the 2020 race.
How do I apply for a charity spot in the 2021 London Marathon?
You can find a list of the charities that have spaces for the 2021 London Marathon on the race website here.
As an international runner, how else can I apply?
If you are an international runner, you can apply to run the 2021 London Marathon through an approved tour operator.
I ran a Good for Age time at the virtual London Marathon - how can I apply?
If you ran a Good for Age time at the virtual London Marathon, you will be able to apply for a spot (on the subject of supplying qualifying evidence) between 2-13 November 2020. Further details can be found on the London Marathon website. If you had run a qualifying time after 1 January 2019, you should already have been contacted by the London Marathon and offered a Good for Age spot in the 2021 race.
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