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?
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.
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 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|
|2017||253,930||53,229||40,382 (bibs collected)||24%||39,487||2.2%|