How to join the ballot for London Marathon 2025 and how to reduce your entry fee

Runners taking part in the London Marathon
The ballot for the London Marathon 2025 opens the day before this year's race -Credit:Loredana Sangiuliano/Anadolu Agency

The London Marathon is one of the most popular marathons in the world. Tens of thousands of runners take part each year, running through the city's streets from Greenwich to The Mall outside Buckingham Palace.

But to get a place to run in the London Marathon, you can't just sign up and have a space secured. Demand for places from people wanting to run the London Marathon is so high that places are secured through a ballot, which opens the day before the previous marathon takes place.

You only have six days in which to submit yourself for the public ballot too, so it's important to act fast. The ballot for the London Marathon 2025 will open on Saturday, April 20, and will close on Friday, April 26.

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What is the London Marathon Ballot?

You can apply to run the London Marathon through the public ballot, where names will be drawn at random after the ballot closes. Everyone has the same chance of getting a place, making it the fairest way to manage the huge numbers of people applying to run every year. If you are successful, you’ll then be allocated a place in the next London Marathon.

How to get a second chance at securing a London Marathon place

Thousands of runners taking to the streets of London for the London Marathon
Thousands of runners take to the streets of London every year for the London Marathon -Credit:Loredana Sangiuliano/Anadolu Agency

If you live in the UK, you can choose to donate your entry fee to support the work of the London Marathon Foundation during the ballot process. This will automatically enter you into a second ballot, giving you a second chance at getting a place in the next London Marathon. Your entry fee, should you get a place through the ballot, is also then reduced from £69.99 to £49.99.

What happens if I secure a place for London Marathon 2025?

If you live in the UK and didn't donate your entry fee, you'll have to pay the full entry fee of £69.99. But then - all that's left to do is train for the 26.2 mile run, and to turn up at the start line on the day itself. The London Marathon 2025 will take place on Sunday, April 27, 2025.

What if I don't get a place?

There are other ways to run the London Marathon, even if you don't secure a place through the public ballot. You can run for a charity, as hundreds of places are allocated to various charities.

Charities then allocate these places to runners who, in return, agree to raise a minimum amount of money for that charity. You can search the London Marathon's charity listings for a cause that you’re interested in, then get in touch with the charity to see if they can offer you a place.

Some running clubs associated with British Athletics also offer places, although new ratios are being introduced after record numbers of people applied for the London Marathon 2024. Check here to see if your club could qualify.

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