- Virgin Money London Marathon 2020 – Marathon in London, UK — Let’s Do This
- Competitions – Page 3 – Virgin Money Giving Blog
- Green Start competition winners
- Ten Glasgow Kiltwalkers will receive a £200 boost
- 10 Virgin Money London Marathon Green Start places up for grabs
- Sound good?
- How to enter
- Nightrider: 2016 routes announced
- BeSpoke RideLondon competition
- The competition
- The prizes
- And an extra boost for your fundraising
- Meet our fantastic competition winners
- Best pictures as more than 50,000 runners take on London Marathon
- RUN OR WALK THE MARATHONS WORTH TRAVELLING TO
- How to get into the London Marathon
- Will there be additional places for the London Marathon in October 2020?
- When can we enter the London Marathon 2021?
- How to get into the London Marathon – summary & intro
- 10 ways to get into the London Marathon
- For runners outside the UK:
- 1. The London Marathon ballot
- 2. Charity places
- 3. Running club places
- 4. Running fast – Good For Age Places
- 5. Running faster – Championship Places
- 6. Competitions
- 7. Being linked to a sponsor
- 8. Celebrity Places
- 9. Running really fast – Elite Places
Virgin Money London Marathon 2020 – Marathon in London, UK — Let’s Do This
The Virgin Money London Marathon App
The official Virgin Money London Marathon App will be available ahead of Race Day.
With all roads closed (visit our road closures page for more details), the only way to get around is by public transport. London Underground, London Overground and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) lay on extra services on Race Day, and this is by far the best way to get around.
Before setting off, you need to prepare – spectating isn’t quite as tough as marathon training but it still needs some thought:
Travel light – you will be standing for hours on end, so keep your belongings to a minimum and try and leave as many valuables as you can at home.
Comfortable clothes (especially shoes) are a must. You should be prepared for a typical April day in London – sun, showers and wind.
It’s busy! If you are a regular commuter, think rush hour. If not, think what it’s when you attend a concert or festival. You will often have to queue and some stations may be forced to shut temporarily while staff clear the crowds.
Expect to do lots of walking, including stairs and escalators – you should think carefully before bringing young children; pushchairs can also be troublesome.
Places to avoid
If you want to follow your loved ones and try to get a glimpse of them as they pass, it is suggested that you avoid very crowded areas, where it can be difficult to find a viewing spot, hard to move around and tough to get in and out.
Busy areas include Greenwich town centre and the Cutty Sark. While the ship is undoubtedly a beautiful backdrop for the race, the crowds that are attracted here can make spectating uncomfortable and transport in and around Greenwich becomes particularly busy.
Tower Bridge is always extremely busy, as is anywhere from mile 24 to the finish in The Mall. Obviously many of you will eventually end up in this area later on in the day as you head to the runner meet and greet area in Horse Guards Road.
Spectator routes from central London stations
The mass race starts at 10:00 from Blackheath and Greenwich Park. We don’t suggest accompanying your runner to the start. The assembly areas are for runners only, so you will have to say goodbye well before race time anyway. There are a couple of options.
All runners are entitled to free travel to the start on Southeastern trains from Charing Cross, Waterloo East, Cannon Street and Victoria.
If you were to say goodbye at any one of these stations, then it’s an easy transfer onto the London Underground to make your way onto the marathon route, get your spot and probably have time for some breakfast too!
Runners are encouraged to get to the starts early – the first trains leave central London at 06:50 – so if you travel into London together you will have plenty of time.
You won’t be bored – the elite wheelchair race starts at 08:55, followed by the World Para Athletics Marathon World Cup (ambulatory) at 09:00 and the elite women at 09:15.
The elite men will start at 10:00, followed by the masses.
From Charing Cross you can take the Northern line southbound to Waterloo. Transferring onto the Jubilee line eastbound gives a number of options. From London Bridge station you can walk along Tooley Street to Tower Bridge Road and see the runners just before they cross Tower Bridge at mile 12. Or, walk over London Bridge into the City of London – the race passes underneath London Bridge.
If you are early enough (between 08:40 and 09:30) you will see the Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon age-group races, which start just east of London Bridge. Later on, the main race passes by at mile 23.
If you keep walking you will reach Bank station, a major underground interchange. It also connects with the DLR, so you can head east out towards Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs to see the race between miles 14 to 21. Canada Water station on the Jubilee line is a short walk to mile nine at Surrey Quays. If you get back on the Jubilee line eastbound you can get to Canary Wharf (mile 19).
Another option from Charing Cross is to travel south one stop to Embankment and connect with the District & Circle lines eastbound. Get off at Tower Hill and you can watch the runners from a number of locations in this area BUT it will be very, very busy.
The best option is to walk from Tower Hill station to Tower Gateway on the DLR and head east out towards the Isle of Dogs.
Cannon Street and Victoria are also on the District and Circle lines – see suggested connections above.
Runner meet and greet area
It can be very busy, so please take note of the following advice. There will be meeting points in Horse Guards Road and Horse Guards Parade with areas marked by letters of the alphabet – meet at your family initial or at another pre-arranged letter.
Please meet your runner at one of these meeting points. DO NOT congregate around the exit from the secure area at the top of Horse Guards Road.
This causes massive congestion for exiting runners as well as other health and safety issues for the large numbers of people in this area.
Both the Police and our security personnel are under strict instructions not to allow people to congregate here and to move them along.
Heavy mobile phone traffic on all networks means you may find it difficult to get a signal in and around the finish area. Therefore, do not rely on mobile phones but plan where to meet in advance.
Runners are more ly to run slower than their predicted time. After crossing the Finish Line it will take a minimum of 15 minutes and closer to 30-40 minutes to reach the runner meet and greet area. Remember to build these factors into your arrangements when planning to meet your runner.
Make sure you have the details of your runner’s race number. It is the easiest way for our information point to identify them on our database.
Competitions – Page 3 – Virgin Money Giving Blog
This year, we ran a competition to give 7 lucky Virgin Money London Marathon runners the Ultiamte Marathon experience.
Winners received a night at the Tower Hotel, which acts as marathon HQ during raceweek, transport to the marathon, two grandstand tickets so their family and friends could cheer them across the finish line and entry to the post-marathon after party.
Three of our winners filmed their London Marathon experience and shared the footage with us.
If you have never run the marathon, this 3 minute video will give you a good taste of what it feels to take part in the biggest annual single day fundraising event in the world and if you have run, be prepared to get goosebumps all over again as you’re transported back to the incredible atmosphere of raceday.
Green Start competition winners
We are delighted to introduce the ten winners of our Virgin Money London Marathon Green Start competition. As a thank you to these ten runners for their fantastic fundraising, they will be starting their 26.2 miles from the Green Start where they may even spot a celebrity or two!
A huge thank you and well done to:
Louise Cryan fundraising for Age UK and Cancer Research UK.
Stephen Thompson fundraising for Spin.
Adam King fundraising for City Year UK.
Michael Evans fundraising for Macmillan.
Hafsa Mufeez, part of a team fundraising for the Outward Bound Trust.
Katy Walker fundraising for East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Justin Liddle, whose team are fundraising for Spinal Injuries Association.
Gerard Longworth fundraising for Demelza.
Joshua Charles fundraising for Leukaemia CARE.
Emily Harding fundraising for Blind Children UK.
It’s never too late to start fundraising for a charity that means something to you! Why not set up your page today?
Ten Glasgow Kiltwalkers will receive a £200 boost
We recently ran a competition with The Kiltwalk to give one fundraiser a £500 boost to their Virgin Money Giving page. The winner of this competition was Scott McCloy. A huge congratulations to Scott and good luck on 24 April.
Together with the Kiltwalk, we are sharing the love and giving 10 Glasgow Kiltwalkers the chance to win a £200 donation to their Virgin Money Giving pages. Every single donation you receive on your Glasgow Kiltwalk Virgin Money Giving page will count as an entry to our competition so the more donations you receive, the bigger your chance of winning.
The Kiltwalk raises funds for the most vulnerable children and families in Scotland.
Kiltwalkers can pick whether to walk 6, 13 or 26 miles and can pick the charity that their funds go to – so “whether it’s your local playgroup or a well-known children’s charity, Kiltwalk is here to help“.
There are four events in Scotland and – thanks to the way the Kiltwalk is set up – every single penny you raise goes to the cause you have selected.
If you have already registered for the Kiltwalk, make sure that you have a Virgin Money Giving Page set up with at least one donation on it. If you have not signed up for the Kiltwalk yet, select your chosen event and then get fundraising.
For this competition, you must be participating in the Glasgow event on the 24 April, however there are 3 more events this year:
- Aberdeen – 5 June
- Speyside – 14 August
- Edinburgh – 18 September
See below for terms and conditions.
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10 Virgin Money London Marathon Green Start places up for grabs
Start your Virgin Money London Marathon in VIP style and join the celebrity runners by securing your upgrade to the Green Start. No queues and better loos! It’ll be the ideal start to the 26.2 miles you’ve been training so hard for.
With 10 Green Start places exclusively for Virgin Money Giving fundraisers, you could be one of the lucky runners to experience the VIP area.
How to enter
Every donation of £26.20 or more made to your fundraising page this month, will give you an individual entry into the draw so the more donations, the bigger the chance of winning!
We’re sure your supporters will be inspired to donate at least one pound for every mile you’ve commitment to running, after they’ve heard your inspiring story and how the money will help your charity.
Set up your fundraising page today and get those donations rolling in.
Terms and conditions apply.
Nightrider: 2016 routes announced
We are proud to be the official fundraising partner of the Nightrider events. The one day bike ride with a difference – it’s at night!
The London cycle takes in over 50 of the city’s famous landmarks. Nightrider™ London is a truly unique way to see the capital you’ve never seen it before.
But that’s not all! This year, London won’t be the only city where you can experience this amazing event. Bristol and Liverpool now each have a Nightrider event of their very own.
Over three weekends, thousands of lycra-clad cyclists will embark on one of three moonlit challenges and, while the cities sleep, will raise millions for charities.
Nightrider have announced the official 100km and 60km routes for the 2016 London event, as well as Bristol and Liverpool.
Highlights across the three events include Hampstead Heath, Abbey Road Studios, Westminster and Big Ben, the Mall and Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral, the O2, Queensway Tunnel, Albert Docks, Echo Arena, Penny Lane, Aintree, Goodison Park, Anfield, the River Avon, Clifton College and Bristol Zoo – with all landmarks ly to be the most quiet you’ve ever seen them!
Sign up to the event today for this unique and breathtaking challenge, then head on over to Virgin Money Giving to set up your fundraising page. If you raise £100 to your page by Easter Sunday, you could receive an exclusive Nightrider hoodie!
Win an exclusive Nightrider hoodie prize draw terms and conditions
- Entry to the “Nightrider get £100 on your page by Easter Sunday to win an exclusive Nightrider hoodie” (“Prize Draw”) is open to all UK residents, aged 18 or over at the date of entry. Employees of Virgin Money, their immediate family or anyone directly connected to the Prize Draw or operation of the Prize Draw are not eligible. Entrants must have set up a fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving and have received at least £100.00 to their page within the prize draw period.
- The Prize Draw will open at 9am on 25 February 2016 and will close at midnight on 27 March 2016.
- All valid entries received within the entry period will be entered into a prize draw and one winning entry will be drawn independently and at random.
- The prize is an exclusive Nightrider hoodie. No cash alternative will be offered.
- The winner agrees to allow the Promoter to confirm their name and county of residence to other entrants.
- The winner’s and county of residence name will be available upon request by sending a stamped addressed envelope to: Virgin Money Giving, Nightrider Hoodie Prize Draw, 28 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 1AF.
- Personal information provided by entrants will be used to administer the Prize Draw. The entrants may be asked but are not under an obligation to participate in non-paid publicity.
- Virgin Money Giving Limited is registered in England and Wales (company number 02733492) (“Promoter”). Registered at Jubilee House, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 4PL.
BeSpoke RideLondon competition
A place in the 2016 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey is highly sought after so if you have one, congratulations! You may think having a place is the best it gets, but we have the chance for you to make your place even more special..
Every month between now and June 2016, we will be upgrading one lucky RideLondon-Surrey 100 cyclist with our BeSpoke Experience competition. Every single donation to a Prudential RideLondon-Surrey fundraising page gets you one entry into our exclusive monthly prize draw!
Each month one cyclist will win..
- A night in a central London hotel before the event.
- Breakfast with the VIPs.
- Priority loading at the start of the event.
- Two grandstand tickets for family or friends to watch you cross the line.
And an extra boost for your fundraising
And if that wasn’t enough, if you set up your page before 29th February you could also win a £500 donation to your fundraising page, giving your fundraising a fantastic boost!
So set up your page today and get those donations rolling in.
Terms and conditions apply.
Meet our fantastic competition winners
We know how amazing our fundraisers are, so we to thank them for all the incredible work they do and reward them with some special treats.
Every month between now and March 2016, we will be upgrading one lucky Virgin Money London Marathon runner with our Ultimate Marathon competition. Every single donation to a London Marathon fundraising page on Virgin Money Giving gets the page owner one entry into our exclusive monthly prize draw.
December’s winner of this prize was Mike King who is fundraising for The Haemophilia Society.
Mike will be staying overnight in a central London hotel, starting the race from the Green Start with the celebrities and have two friends cheering him across the finish line from the Virgin Money Giving Grandstand.
For the months of November and December, we ran a special giveaway to give Virgin Money London Marathon fundraisers who had raised £500 on their Virgin Money Giving pages the chance to win a £500 donation on us. The two winners of this competition were Martin Silvester, who is fundraising for Children with Cancer UK and Pauline Mitchell, fundraising for VICTA.
Every of 2015, we gave one fundraiser the chance to win a Pamper Package: every donation received in that month gets the fundraiser one entry into the draw.
The Pamper Package prize includes chocolates and champagne from Virgin Wines, a Pamper Day package from Virgin Active and a £100 donation to the winner’s Virgin Money Giving page.
The final winner of this prize is Kayleigh Kilsby, fundraising for the National Autistic Society, Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, Macmillan Cancer Trust and Endometreosis UK.
Best pictures as more than 50,000 runners take on London Marathon
Money raised by London Marathon runners since its conception broke the £1 billion mark today as tens of thousands of people pounded the streets of the capital.
Elite runners were joined by celebrities and amateur fundraisers as race officials accepted the highest ever number of entrants at more than 56,000.
Tennis star Sir Andy Murray started the race, while Prince Harry made a surprise appearance to hand out medals to marathon and wheelchair winners, as well as meet volunteers.
Harry had always planned to attend but his visit was uncertain as he awaits the birth of his first child with wife Meghan Markle.
Prince Harry with the T45/T46 medalists (PA)
One heartwarming image showed Harry having a laugh with Australia's Michael Roeger, winner of the men's T45/T46 marathon for athletes whose arms are affected. They posed alongside second and third-placed Derek Rae (Great Britain) and Abdelhadi El Harti (Morocco).
Hayley Carruthers falls at the end of the women's elite race (Paul Childs/Reuters)
As ever, there were scores of emotional runners at the finish line. But the most dramatic moment came as Great Britain’s Hayley Carruthers collapsed yards from the line.
She managed to crawl home, before receiving urgent attention from officials. Carruthers recovered well, and even recorded a personal best time.
Lukas Bates, AKA Big Ben, gets stuck at the finish line (Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)
In a more comical finish line moment, Lukas Bates, a runner dressed as Big Ben, got stuck as he tried to cross the finish line. A laughing official was pictured untangling him, adding 30 seconds to his time.
Runners cross Tower Bridge as a boat passes underneath (Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images)
In one stunning photo, a boat passes underneath Tower Bridge as runners approached the halfway point. Of all the runners who took part, 54 per cent had not ran a marathon before.
Sir Mo Farah at the finish line (Reuters)
In the elite men's race, British Olympic champion Sir Mo Farah finished fifth, with a time of 02:05:39.
Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge won the men's elite race (Paul Childs/Reuters)
He lost out to Kenyan winner and marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge, who crossed the line in 02:02:37.
World record holder Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya has won the London Marathon elite men's race for a record fourth time
Sir Mo, 36, said after the race he “felt good” mid-way through the course but could not match “incredible” Kipchoge, 34.
Sir Mo Farah disappointed with coming fifth in London Marathon
He also insisted his widely-publicised spat with Ethiopian Olympian Haile Gebrselassie did not affect his run.
“I didn't think the fuss affected my run and I wasn't distracted by the build-up, it was all about London today and so I put my head down, did my best.”
In the elite women's race, Kenya's Brigid Kosgei improved on last year's second place to win her first London Marathon, finishing ahead of reigning champion Vivian Cheruiyot.
The marathon's chosen charity was Dementia Revolution, a partnership between the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK.
Their £3.5 million fundraising target was bolstered by a team running for Dame Barbara Windsor, 81, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2014.
Other celebrity runners included model and TV personality Nell McAndrew, 45, who said support was “incredible” after she crossed the line in 03:15:08.
“It was tough but I'm happy and proud,” she said. “At nine miles I couldn't feel my left hamstring but by 18 I settled into it. I was looking forward to seeing my family at this point, who made signs for me.”
French tennis ace and Wimbledon winner Amelie Mauresmo, who coached Andy Murray, said: “Every marathon I have run so far, at the finish line, I've said I will never do another marathon and I certainly feel that now.” Mauresmo finished in 03:22:45.
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, said it was an “amazing marathon” as he hinted he might run next year.
No sign of Meghan's baby as Harry spotted at London Marathon
“It's been beautifully organised and it's so amazing to have raised the big £1 billion,” he added.
The marathon is the country's largest annual fundraiser and a ballot of 444,168 applicants was narrowed down to 56,398 who were given a place.
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How to get into the London Marathon
The London Marathon is currently postponed from 26 April 2020 to 4 October 2020.
Read the excellent FAQ about what this means for all types of London Marathon entry for 2020 and 2021.
I’ve pulled out two key entry Q&A below:
Will there be additional places for the London Marathon in October 2020?
Q: Will there be more places on offer for the rescheduled 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 4 October?
A: We think it is unly that there will be any more places available. If there are, we will decide what to do when we know how many places there are available.
When can we enter the London Marathon 2021?
Q: When will you open the public ballot for the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon?
A: We’re working on this. It will not open before 1 July 2020 and the latest it would open would be Sunday 4 October. When the date is confirmed, we will give plenty of notice through newsletters, on our website and social media channels.
How to get into the London Marathon – summary & intro
I’ve run around 50 marathons, including around 15 Londons, so I’m often asked how to get in.
There’s more than one way to get in. Here are 10 ideas from me. They aren’t all easy & get harder as you go 1-10.
(& yes 10 is a slight cheat but you get a bonus idea at the end)
The number of runners who start on the day, from all entry methods, is usually around 40,000. Sadly there are always those who have to drop out from illness or injury. However they can defer their places (see 10 below). To enter by any method, the youngest you can be is 18 on the day.
10 ways to get into the London Marathon
Most of us know about the famous London Marathon ballot. But by my calculation, there are around 10 ways to get a place in the London Marathon, just not all easy.
But they are worth a look and I hope they help you get in. I’ve got in by 5 methods (1, 2, 4, 5 and 10) before and know people who’ve got in by each of the 10 examples.
I haven’t included wheelchair which is separate entry.
For runners outside the UK:
entry is via methods 1, 2, 6, 9, 10 and via tour operators – see link at * below.
So here are 10 ways you can get in, starting from the easiest and getting harder:
1. The London Marathon ballot
Most people apply to get in through the ballot. Every year a new record number apply, with 457,861 entering the ballot for the 2020 London Marathon. The ballot is completely random, and around 17,000 people get in, so give it a go and don’t just assume you won’t be chosen.
If you’re not selected, there is no waiting list, so you will need to go for another option, with number 2 Charity, being the most popular.
If you’ve got a ballot place, you can still raise money for charity. You just save the charity money as they haven’t had to buy a place for you. You can still register with your charity for marathon support, race shirts and whatever else they are offering to help their marathon runners.
You can enter the ballot as UK or overseas runners. (International runners also see * below).
For 2020 entry, the ballot was open from Monday 29 April until 17:00 on Friday 3 May 2019.
2. Charity places
Charities buy what are called ‘Golden Bond’ places from the London Marathon. There are around 15,000 available.
Because they have to pay for these guaranteed places, the charities will set a minimum fundraising amount they expect you to raise in return.
The amount varies by charity. £2,000 is fairly standard, although smaller charities may ask for less than this.
To see if a charity you’d to run for has places, have a look here.
3. Running club places
British Athletic affiliated clubs can apply for places, although only around 1,000 are available in total.
Clubs then make their own processes for deciding who gets their 1 or 2 places. Many do a ballot and often link it to how much racing and /or volunteering for the club, members have done.
If you’re in a club, check if they’ve got places and how to get them. If you’re not in a club, this could be another reason to join.
4. Running fast – Good For Age Places
For UK residents only. It’s also worth keeping an eye on the times year on year, as they do change in line with how fast people are running.
For 2020 there are 6,000 places, split equally between men and women.
The qualifying times get slower as your age goes up.
The times you need (achieved between 1 January 2018 and 6 August 2019) to qualify for London Marathon 2020 are
Good For Age applications open 7 August 2019 and close on 16 August 2019.
There’s a great FAQ on GFA here and you can enter here.
5. Running faster – Championship Places
(This is the usual way I get in every year.)
You need to be a member of an athletics club associated with British Athletics and have a championship-qualifying performance for a marathon or half marathon.
Usually the times are Men sub 1.15 half or sub 2.45 marathon; Women sub 1.30 half or sub 3.15 marathon.
Applications usually open in November and close in January. For 2020 entry, they’ll be open from 10am 27th Nov 2019 – 5pm 17th Jan 2020.
For 2020, times are as below.
Keep your eye out for competitions to win places. The best places to look are the race organisers, running magazines or sponsors associated with the race eg Virgin Money or Lucozade Sport.
I usually put links to these on Art Of Your Success social media when I spot them.
Example of a past London Marathon entry competition
7. Being linked to a sponsor
Sponsor organisations linked to the marathon have a small number of places that people working for them are eligible to apply for.
8. Celebrity Places
There’s probably still time to get yourself known and make it onto some kind of Celeb Z list! You’ll then get to start alongside all the ‘real’ celebs along with their better loos at the Green Start!
9. Running really fast – Elite Places
If you’re this fast, you’ll know how to enter, or maybe your agent will do it for you. But for the rest of us, we can agree that anyone running this fast deserves the fewer than 100 elite places!
It’s usually in the range of Men Sub 2.18.00 Marathon or Sub 1.05:00 Half Marathon
Women Sub 2.38:00 Marathon or Sub 1.14:00 Half Marathon