Virgin London Marathon

August 7, 2011


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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.

Race Date

Apr 26, 2015


London, UK

Event Type

Start Times

Women: 9:00 am
Men: 9:45 am

No. Runners



Race Website


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Race Registration

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

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 on the Virgin London Marathon course. Over 200,000 units of orange body fuel are available in easy to carry sport packs.
  • Isotonic Lucozade Sport will be available for all runners at the 5 Lucozade Sport drinking stations, strategically placed around the 26.2 mile course at the 5, 10, 15, 19 and 23 mile markers. They’ll also be available in the runners’ finishing.

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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