Didn’t get in to the London Marathon for 2024?
Don’t fear, most individuals that entered didn’t both.
And a LOT of individuals entered.
The poll for the London Marathon 2024 was the most important marathon poll of all time with over half 1,000,000 individuals making use of. And solely round 20,000 spots for poll runners.
Fortunately there are different methods to get into (arguably) the most effective Marathon Main. OK, it’s my hometown so I’m biased.
One other technique to assure your spot within the London Marathon is to run for a charity. I truly acquired into working after signing up for the London Marathon for MIND.
Many charities have numerous spots accessible for the race and in change on your place, you’ll want to lift a sure amount of cash for the charity. Normally the bigger the charity, the extra spots they’ll have – and infrequently the upper the minimal sponsorship requirement.
That is an unimaginable alternative to help a trigger that’s near your coronary heart whereas additionally attaining a private objective. To discover a charity that has locations accessible for the 2024 London Marathon, try the London Marathon web site. Alternatively take a look at CRUNCH – they name themselves a clearing home for charity runners and have revealed a listing of charities with London Marathon spots alongside the sponsorship requirement (starting from £1300 – £2000) and space of operation. They solely will let you apply for one place at a time and if that workforce is full, they’ll come recommend different groups.
Good For Age Entry
If you happen to’re a speedy marathoner then a Good For Age (GFA) entry might be your ticket to the London Marathon. This entry is reserved for UK based mostly runners who’ve achieved a qualifying time in an accredited marathon inside a sure time interval earlier than the London Marathon.
Qualifying instances fluctuate based mostly on age and gender, for instance, for girls below 39 you would want to run a sub 3.45 marathon. Fortunately this entry is open after the poll outcomes are launched to provide your self one other alternative to get a bib.
To use for a GFA place within the 2024 TCS London Marathon, you need to obtain the related qualifying time displayed on the London Marathon web site between October 3, 2022 and September 30, 2023. Control the web site for extra data on easy methods to apply for a GFA place in August.
For these even quicker, you’ll be able to apply for a Championship spot. In 2023, Girls working a sub 3.14 marathon and males working below 2.40 have been in a position to get a championship bib. Full particulars on 2024 entry information might be launched in August.
Lastly, in case you reside outdoors the UK, you’ll be able to apply for an abroad entry. These entries can be found to runners who reside outdoors of the UK and haven’t secured a spot by the final poll.
These bibs are by tour companies the place you get a lodge and bib or flight and bib package deal (I acquired a NYC bib by 2.09 occasions in 2013 and my step-dad additionally used them for Chicago in 2015). You will discover your native sports activities tour operator right here.
Sports activities Excursions Worldwide have entries accessible with 2 – 4 night time lodging from £1129 that features a bib and two nights in a London lodge. Discover out extra right here.
Lastly, in case you work for a London Marathon sponsor or work within the media/influencer then you might get fortunate with a sponsor bib. I used to be very lucky to get a bib from Flora in October 2022 (learn my race recap right here).
OK, who was fortunate within the poll for 2024? Are you working the London Marathon subsequent yr?