Thousands of people are waking this morning after running the London Marathon yesterday and despite muttering those words ‘never again’ as they crossed the finish line will be looking at getting their names in the hat for next year.

After the exploits of Swansea Harriers’ Joshua Griffiths in his first ever marathon, many first timers are also expected to enter the race.

Whether it is your first marathon or you are a seasoned runner, if you would like to take part in the 2018 London Marathon then here’s all you need to know about getting one of the coveted spots.

How did the Swindon runners get on in the 2017 London Marathon

When is the London Marathon 2018?

The next London Marathon is confirmed as the Sunday, April 22nd.

How do I enter?

The most common way to enter the London Marathon is by public ballot. Last year it opened and closed between May 2nd and 6th.

It is a totally random ballot with around 250,000 applying to run the race.

People usually find out in October if they have been accepted.

If you don’t get a place through the ballot then you may be able to secure a charity entry place.

This would typically involve a registration fee of around £50-£100 and some charities would ask you to raise around £2,000.

You can search for a charity on the London Marathon website and then contact your chosen charity directly to see if they have any places.

If you are aged between 18 and 40, and have achieved a time of 3:05 (men) or 3:45 (women), then you will be able to apply using the ‘Good For Age Entry’ meaning if you’ve already run a full marathon in a particularly fast time, you might qualify for an automatic entry.

*If you are entering under the Good for Age system you should not enter the public ballot.

Visit the London Marathon website to enter.


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