VMLM 2017 – Inspired for next year?

For everyone like me sat on their sofa watching the coverage this year, or stalking friends on the London Marathon app (which for the first year ever seemed to be pretty useful), you may well feel like joining them next year.  With sportsmanship as displayed by Matthew Rees of Swansea Harriers (who stopped running just a few yards from the end of the race to help David Wyeth of Chorlton Runners finish his race) how could you not want to join the greatest race on Earth?

Full official application details available here.

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In the unlikely event I was within sight of the finish line at 2:40hrs I think I’d fall over as well.

Ballot Entry No need to set a stupid early alarm to rush to your PC and register as per the days of old. VMLM are keeping with the previous qualification standards system used for 2016 and 2017 that is limited by time, not by applicants.

The public ballot entry system for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon opens on Monday 1 May and closes at 17:00 on Friday 5 May 2017. The ballot will be open for five days to “give everyone who wants to enter the event a fair chance to do so”.

The downside of this is it will likely see another 250,000 applicants for between 17,000-20,000 ballot spots (VMLM have never officially published the total that I could find).  Get your application in and you’ve got a 7-8% chance of getting the famous urine on your doormat in October or November this year.

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Good For Age UPDATE

As of 26th April, VMLM Have announced the qualification standards for next year and despite rumours it would tighten the standard they are the same.

Entries open in June 2017 for the 2018 race and any valid time since 1st January 2016 counts so if you’ve not scored the time you need already, best get out there!

Good For Age 2018 Both Confirmed
Age Range Men Women
Age 18-40 3hrs 05min 3hrs 45min
Age 41-49 3hrs 15min 3hrs 50min
Age 50-59 3hrs 20min 4hrs 00min
Age 60-64 3hrs 45min 4hrs 30min
Age 65-69 4hrs 00min 5hrs 00min
Age 70-75 5hrs 00min 6hrs 00min
76+ 5hrs 30min 6hrs 30min

2017 – A record year

News reports have announced that with 39,487 finishers the 2017 race is the biggest yet.  A great success story for the organisers but must have been squeaky bum moments at the head offices when a record 40,382 bibs were collected from the expo last week as they only produce 40,000 medals and goody bags (according to the press pack) – they are very good at predicting the drop out rate.

No figures yet on starters but 2.2% of those that collected bibs never crossed the finish line so either never started or dropped out on route.  Once again 24% of accepted runners never made it to the expo to collect their bibs for one reason or another.  Annoying to hear for those unlucky in the ballot.

Year Total Applicants Accepted Starters % Drop Out Finishers % Drop Out
1981                      20,000            7,747            7,055 9%             6,255 11.3%
1982                      90,000          18,059          16,350 9%           15,116 7.5%
1983                      60,000          19,735          16,500 16%           15,776 4.4%
1984                      70,000          21,142          16,992 20%           15,649 7.9%
1985                      83,000          22,274          17,500 21%           15,841 9.5%
1986                      80,000          25,566          19,261 25%           18,030 6.4%
1987                      80,000          28,364          21,485 24%           19,545 9.0%
1988                      73,000          29,979          22,469 25%           20,889 7.0%
1989                      72,000          31,772          24,452 23%           22,652 7.4%
1990                      73,000          34,882          26,500 24%           24,953 5.8%
1991                      79,000          33,485          24,500 27%           23,393 4.5%
1992                      83,000          34,250          24,500 28%           23,783 2.9%
1993                      68,000          35,820          25,000 30%           24,448 2.2%
1994                      72,000          37,379          26,000 30%           25,194 3.1%
1995                      79,000          39,097          27,000 31%           25,326 6.2%
1996                      68,000          39,173          27,134 31%           26,761 1.4%
1997                      78,000          39,813          29,500 26%           29,135 1.2%
1998                      69,000          42,228          30,663 27%           29,924 2.4%
1999                      87,000          43,774          31,582 28%           30,809 2.4%
2000                      93,000          42,596          32,620 23%           31,658 2.9%
2001                      92,000          43,517          31,156 28%           30,286 2.8%
2002                      99,000          46,083          33,297 28%           32,906 1.2%
2003                   111,000          45,629          32,746 28%           32,281 1.4%
2004                   108,000          45,219          32,746 28%           31,983 2.3%
2005                   132,000          47,969          35,600 26%           35,260 1.0%
2006                   119,000          47,020          33,578 29%           33,224 1.1%
2007                   128,000          50,039          36,396 27%           35,698 1.9%
2008                   120,000          48,630          35,037 28%           34,602 1.2%
2009                   155,000          49,995          35,884 28%           35,366 1.4%
2010                   163,000          51,378          39,956 22%           36,632 8.3%
2011                   163,926          50,532          35,303 30%           34,836 1.3%
2012                   170,150          50,200          37,227 26%           36,774 1.2%
2013                   167,449          48,323          34,631 28%           34,311 0.9%
2014                   169,682          49,872          36,337 27%           35,911 1.2%
2015                   172,888          51,696          38,020 26%           37,641 1.0%
2016                   247,069          53,152          39,523 26%           39,091 1.1%
2017                   253,930          53,229          40,382 (bibs collected) 24%           39,487 2.2%

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