London Marathon Ballot

London Marathon 2019 Guidance and Club Ballot

Were you inspired by three of the greatest distance runners of the generation, Sir Mo Farah, Eliud Kipchoge and Kenenisa Bekele, lighting up the streets of London last weekend?

Maybe you want to join the long list of amazing Lordshill Road Runners who have risen to the challenge and stormed around 26.2 miles of the capital city over the years, doing the vest proud in the process?

Vice-Captain Chris, who was lucky enough to get a club ballot place for the 2018 event, exclaimed: “I was so disappointed to get the rejection letter from the public ballot, so getting a club place was amazing and motivated me so much to do the club proud. It was awesome to run in the same race and on the same streets as Mo Farah, but he did just get the better of me in the end, pushing me down into 6,000th place. But what a day”!

Even though the 2018 event is still so fresh in the memory, the time is already here to act if you want to secure your place in the 2019 London Marathon! There’s four ways that you might want to think about:

1) Public Ballot

The first port of call for entry is through the public ballot – however, you need to act fast! The public ballot will open on Monday 30th April 2018 and close just 5 days later at 17:00 on Friday 4th May.

You will find out in October 2018 if you have been successful in getting your place through the public ballot.

If you miss out though, don’t despair, as there are still three more options!

2) Club Ballot

Due to the size of Lordshill Road Runners, we are lucky enough to be allocated a number of London Marathon places by the UKA; in 2018 there were three lucky Lordshillers who gained a place through the club ballot.

The recipients of these places are drawn at random from eligible runners, with the following criteria needing to have been met – you must have:

  • Joined Lordshill as an England Athletics affiliated member prior to 1 April 2018;
  • Volunteered for the club at least once during the year (e.g. at our 10km event, CC6 or RR10);
  • Initially applied to enter the London Marathon through the public ballot, but been rejected.

To demonstrate that you originally applied to the public ballot you must forward your application email to the club secretary ( Then, if in October you find out that you were unsuccessful in the public ballot you must also forward the rejection email to the same email address!

This will get you into the club ballot, which will be drawn as soon as we get confirmation of how many places we have been allocated for 2019 (normally in November)!

3) Good For Age and Championship Entry

If you one of the super speedy runners among us, you might be eligible for a place in the 2019 marathon through either Good For Age or Championship entry based on the marathon times you have run since January 1st 2017!

Good For Age entries need to be submitted by June, and the criteria that applied for the 2018 event can be found here:

Championship entries need to be submitted by January, and the criteria that applied for the 2018 event can be found here:

Note; while Good For Age and Championship criteria have not changed in recent years, they are reviewed annually and therefore may change for 2019.

4) Charity Places

If you want to do something amazing while doing something amazing, the fourth and final option is to run while raising money for your chosen charity.

Many charities have places on offer for the London Marathon, and you will be able to find full details on the London Marathon website of the charities available, the amounts you will be required to raise, and how to apply to the charities for a place.


However your road to the 2019 London Marathon takes shape, we hope to be able to see another huge cohort of Lordshillers on the start line on 21st April 2019!


LRR qualify for certain number of free places in the London Marathon each year through its affiliation with UK Athletics (UKA). LRR members are invited to enter a club ballot for one of these places. The Club Management Committee confirm the criteria for eligibility as follows:

  1. You must be a fully paid up (Club membership and UKA affiliation) first claim member of LRR in the year you applied for the ballot;
  2. You must have been a fully paid up member by 01 April in the year that you applied and were rejected via the London Marathon Public Ballot;
  3. You must have volunteered in some way (marshalled a club race, run led, coached, or been on a committee) in the 12 months leading up to the club ballot.
  4. Upon application to the London Marathon via the public ballot, you must forward a copy of the email confirmation within 14 days of entry to the ballot to the Club Secretary (
  5. If you have previously been successful in the club ballot, you will be excluded from the Club draw for three years;
  6. The Club ballot draw will normally occur on the first Sunday of November. You do not need to be present at the ballot draw to be eligible.
  7. Club members selected through the Club ballot must accept or reject their ballot by notifying the Club secretary within 14 days of the Club draw;
  8. Club members successfully gaining a place through the club ballot are requested to wear a club vest or running top for the marathon, unless dispensation is granted by the Club Management Committee;
  9. If all these criteria are met and there are fewer members in the ballot than there are club places, the Club Management Committee reserves the right to relax these rules;
  10. In all cases of dispute, unforeseen circumstances or lack of clarity in the rules, the final decision will rest with the Club Management Committee. Anyone wishing to apply for a place via the club ballot must accept that there will be no appeals and agree that the Committee’s decision is final.