London Marathon Ballot

London Marathon 2021 Guidance and Club Ballot

The 40th London Marathon may have looked very different this year, but it was certainly an amazing day nonetheless! Some of the greatest distance runners of the generation ran loops of a secure biosphere in St James’ Park. Whilst 45,000 runners took part in the virtual race all across the globe, tackling the 26.2 miles in their own way. This included some truly incredible performances by our very own Lordshillers – well done to all that took part!

Were you inspired by this unique occasion and want to join the long list of amazing Lordshill Road Runners who have risen to the challenge and stormed around the capital city over the years?  The time is already here to act if you want to secure your place in the 2021 London Marathon!

The 2021 edition of the race has been moved from April to Sunday 3 October 2021to give organisers the best chance of putting on a mass participation event.

With this in mind, we wanted to give you an update on the different ways of entry, including the Lordshill Club Ballot 2021!

1) Public Ballot

The first port of call for entry is through the public ballot – however, you need to act fast! The public ballot is open NOW and closes at 17:00 on Friday 9th October 2020.
You will find out in early January 2021 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

The recipients of these places are drawn at random from eligible runners, selected via the following criteria (set by the club committee). To be eligible for entry into the club ballot, you must:
a. Currently, be a fully paid up (Club membership and UKA affiliation) first claim member of LRR in the year you applied for the ballot;

b. Have been a fully paid up member by 01 April in the year that you applied to, and were rejected from, the London Marathon Public Ballot;

c. Forward your proof of rejection from the public ballot in January (usually an email, sometimes a magazine) to the club secretary ( as soon as you receive this. This is to prove that you originally applied, but were rejected from, the public ballot. A deadline for sending this proof will be provided when the public ballot draw dates are announced – this is usually one week after the last date you will hear from the public ballot;

d. If you have previously been successful in the club ballot, you will be excluded from the Club draw for three years;

e. Members will not be eligible for the club ballot if they already have a confirmed place in that year’s marathon

f. In previous years, we had asked for you to have volunteered for the club in the 12 months leading up to the club ballot. This will not be required for the 2021 ballot due to extraordinary year that 2020 has been!

g. The Club ballot draw will occur in the Spring 2021. You do not need to be present at the ballot draw to be eligible.

h. 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;

i. 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;

j. 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;

k. 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.

The club ballot will be drawn once we get confirmation of how many places we have been allocated for 2021 (we expect this to be in Spring 2021).

3) Good For Age and Championship Entry

If you are one of the super speedy runners among us, you might be eligible for a place in the 2021 marathon through either Good For Age or Championship entry based on the marathon times achieved between 1 January 2019 and 4 October 2020.

Good For Age entries need to be submitted between 2nd and 13th November 2020. The criteria that applies for the 2021 event can be found here:

Please note: even if you have achieved the qualifying time in the new qualifying window of 1 January 2019 to 4 October 2020, it is not guaranteed you will be offered a Good for Age place in the 2021 event as the maximum number of Good for Age places is 6,000 (3,000 men and 3,000 women). Places will be allocated on a ‘fastest first’ basis. We therefore recommend that you also apply through the public ballot too.

Championship entries will open in due course. The criteria that applies for the 2021 event can be found here:

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. You’ll 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.

Whatever your road to the 2021 London Marathon looks like, we hope to see another huge cohort of Lordshillers on the start line on Sunday 3 October 2021!