Virgin London Marathon

August 7, 2011

Virgin London Marathon is one of the biggest running events in the world and is one of the five top world marathons that make up the World Marathon Majors. The first London Marathon took place in 1981. The race was earlier known as the Flora London Marathon, and later was renamed as the Virgin London Marathon. A total of 817,890 runners have completed the London Marathon till date. The event has raised over £450 million for charity and holds the Guinness world record as the largest annual fund raising event in the world.

The Virgin London Marathon is expecting over 36,000 participants in the coming year. There are participants from London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic athletics medallists who will be racing over the famous course from Blackheath to The Mall, including four London 2012 marathon champions.

Race Date

Apr 24, 2016


London, UK

Event Type

Start Times

Wheelchair : 9:00 am
Women: 9:20 am
Men: 10:10 am

No. Runners



Race Website


View Results

Social Media

Race Registration

You can register on the official website of Virgin London Marathon. The registrations for 2015 opens tentatively in April ‘ 15 for entries towards a ballot, and the results are out in October ’15.

The entry system for the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon will open online at on Monday 4 May 2015.

Course / Route Map

The course starts in Blackheath, heads towards east through Charlton and Woolwich for three miles, then turns west and passes the Cutty Sark in Greenwich after six to seven miles. It crosses the River Thames at Tower Bridge and then loops around the east end of London, past Canary Wharf in Docklands, before heading west again along the Highway and the Embankment to Parliament Square, Birdcage Walk and the final corner in front of Buckingham Palace. The Virgin London Marathon course is flat and fast.

Check out the official interactive London Marathon route map.

Race Profile / Elevation Map

As for the elevation profile, London is pretty flat with the steepest climb being up the slope onto Tower Bridge.

Race Tags

Not available.

Time Limits & Cutoffs

  • Only those who finish the race within the time limit of 8 hours will get finisher’s medal and T-shirt.
  • The race is timed using IPICO timing tag which should be attached to your shoe before the start of the race.

Course Records

Men: Emmanuel Mutai (KEN) 2:04:40 (2011)
Women: Paula Radcliffe (UK) 2:15:25 (2003)

Prize Money & Awards

  • London is one of the top six world marathons that form the World Marathon Majors competition with a $1 million prize purse.
  • Men & Women: 1st – $55,000, 2nd – $30,000, 3rd – $22,500, 4th – $15,000, 5th – $10,000.

T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates

All the finishers will be given medals and T-shirts.

Water Stops & Refreshments

  • There are water stations every mile from 3 miles onwards. Lucozade Sport in Orange available in 380ml bottles at five drinks stations at Mile 5, 10, 15, 19, and 23.
  • Lucozade Sport Carbo Gels are available at Miles 14 and 21.5.
  • 250ml bottles of Buxton Natural Mineral Water are offered at every mile from Mile 3 through to 25 Miles.

Expected Race Day Weather

Temperature: 42°F to 55°F
Humidity: 60% to 86%
Wind Speed: 6 mph to 11 mph

Additional Race Info

2014 London Marathon Ballot Entry

The 2014 Virgin London Marathon official ballot will open to all applicants on Monday, 29 April 2013.  This ballot system will close when 125,000 applications have been received.  There are about 37,000 places on offer for runners, but that includes those from charities as well, so actual numbers shortlisted from ballot or probably much less, around 1 in 7 chance if you register.

The ballot for 2013 London Marathon opened just after midnight. How long it stays open depends on how long it takes for the system to reach the quota. Last time it closed around 5.30pm.

If you want to apply for a ballot place be aware that the ballot closes very quickly, so get your application in fast (approx 24 hours, but don’t bet on it!). You will find out whether you’ve been successful when the ballot results are announced in October.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

paul andrews April 18, 2014 at 7:05 am

I live in Australia and want to run the 2015 Marathon. How do I apply and when?


sarah Mayes April 14, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Please email me when the registraion for the london marathon opens for 2015.
I am first time for this and at 50 would like to seriously take part.
Many Thanks



Paul clark April 14, 2014 at 2:03 am

Please advise me on how to apply for a place in the London marathon 2015


Paul Clarke April 14, 2014 at 2:01 am

Please advise me how to apply for the 2015 London marathon ballet


Lynda firmin April 13, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Please let me know when ballot for 2015 London marathon opens


michael nolan April 10, 2014 at 10:50 am

How and when do you apply for the London marathon 2015?



Luigi March 5, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Please advise me when 2015 registration opens, Thx



michael April 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm

Registration for 2015 opens on April 22.


michael April 11, 2014 at 8:22 pm

good luck to everyone entering!


Michael Wilby March 5, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Please let me know about the ballot dates for next year of London Marathon.
Michael Wilby


Beatrice Ziegler January 7, 2014 at 12:48 am

Please advise when 2015 London marathon registration opens? Thanks



Monica May 8, 2013 at 3:30 am

I need to know how can i get registered for 2014 marathon…please advise




Clare Massmann April 21, 2013 at 3:19 am

What time does the ballot open for the 2014 vlm?


Sanjiv April 20, 2013 at 7:40 pm

What time does the 2014 ballot open for all applicants?


Doug April 19, 2013 at 2:16 am

At what time of day (GMT) on Mon., April 29 does the ballot open? Thanks in advance


adriana p April 15, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Could you kindly advise when does the ballot for 2014 open? Thank you in advance.


Holly September 28, 2012 at 7:16 pm

I didn’t get an origin place in the ballot but got a place in the bequest draw. What do this actually mean? And do we get a white training jacket?


Bernadette April 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm

What time is does the ballot open?


Tanvir Kazmi April 19, 2012 at 12:03 am

Ballot for 2013 Virgin London Marathon opens 30 April 2012.


Andrea Toma April 8, 2012 at 1:56 am

When does the ballot open for the 2013 London marathon, can you please advise. Thanks Andrea


Chris Speed March 24, 2012 at 5:47 am

When does the ballot open for the 2013 London marathon,can you please advise.




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