Not the end of the road: How to run London Marathon if unsuccessful in the ballot

Prospective runners found out on Monday (March 14) whether they had earned a place in the 2022 TCS London Marathon.

More than 350,000 people applied to run in the showpiece race on October 2 via its random ballot system, but the vast majority will be unsuccessful.

However, those who missed out on a place in the main event now have a couple of options.

Many charities still have places available for runners who commit to raising funds via sponsorship.

And there’s also an exclusive eight-day window to enter the virtual race to be run on the same day.

Virtual option a reality

Unsuccessful ballot applicants can register to run on a course of their choice, anywhere in the world and need to complete the 26.2-mile distance between 00:00 and 23:59 BST.

All finishers will receive the same official medal and t-shirt.

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the TCS London Marathon, said: “The 2021 London Marathon was the largest marathon ever staged anywhere in the world.

“It was an incredible day full of joy and emotion as the mass event returned to the streets of London and runners around the globe took part in the virtual event.

“Today there will be thousands of people celebrating securing a ballot place in the 2022 TCS London Marathon and looking forward to being part of another incredible day on October 2.

“We know there will be disappointment too, but an unsuccessful ballot result does not have to be the end of the road.

“There are many wonderful charities looking for people to run this year’s TCS London Marathon and to help raise crucial funds for their organisation.

“The record-breaking virtual TCS London Marathon is back and we are offering a priority entry window to everyone who is unsuccessful in the ballot so they can still be part of this wonderful event.”

The remaining places in the virtual marathon will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis to the general public from March 22.

Ed Mezzetti
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Ed has almost 20 years of experience as a journalist, writing on sports ranging from rugby to rowing. His career highlights include covering the London 2012 Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games. Ed writes news and feature articles for RUN247 & TRI247 and is a keen club runner himself.