Ballot opens on Monday for 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon


elite women, london.jpgWomen's elite field en route, 2017 Virgin London Marathon, photo by London Marathon

If you want to run Virgin Money London Marathon in April 2018, then, please read the release below as the ballot opens tomorrow, May 1, 2017.


The public ballot entry system for the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon opens to all applicants tomorrow(Monday 1 May) and closes at 17.00 on Friday 5 May.

The ballot will again be open for five days to give everyone who would like to enter the event a fair chance to do so.

UK applications for the 2017 event reached a record 253,930 and high demand is again anticipated for the 2018 race, which will take place on Sunday 22 April 2018.

All those who enter for 2018 will find out whether or not they have been successful in early October.

2017 was another record year for the Virgin Money London Marathon. More than 39,400 runners completed the 26.2-mile course, making the 37th edition of the race the biggest in its history. Mary Keitany (Kenya) set a new women-only world record, 24 year old Daniel Wanjiru (Kenya) held off Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia) to win the men's race, David Weir (Great Britain) took a record seventh title in the men's wheelchair race and Manuela Schär (Switzerland) set a course record to win the women's wheelchair race.

For more information on the ballot, please visit


Some more notes on London Marathon

• The 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 22 April. For more information, please visit

• The London Marathon was first held on 29 March 1981

• In 2016, the Virgin Money London Marathon raised £59.4 million for charity, setting a new Guinness World Record for the largest annual single-day charity fundraising event worldwide for a tenth successive year

• Since 1981, The London Marathon Charitable Trust has awarded grants totalling more than £65.5 million to 1,170+ organisations in London, Surrey and other areas

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