How to apply to run in NEXT year’s big race

THE LONDON Marathon is taking place in the capital this weekend.

More than 40,000 runners roam the streets for the traditional 26.2 mile race, and here’s what you need to do if you want to be part of it next year…


Runners pound the streets of London


Runners pound the streets of London

How can I apply for the London Marathon 2022?

You can enter the ballot to run in the London Marathon 2022 right here.

The ballot ends at 9pm on Friday, October 8.

A place costs £49 for UK entrants and £99 for an international entry.

However, if you don’t get through on a direct ballot place you can apply to run for a charity here.

And if you have already run a full marathon in a fast time you might also qualify to enter for a Good For Age place. The times must have been set between October 5, 2020 to October 3, 2021.

When is the London Marathon 2022?

The London Marathon 2022 takes place on Sunday, October 2, 2022.

It will be the third time in a row the race has been run later in the year in Autumn rather than Spring.

Although London Marathon director Hugh Braser has said the event will return to Spring in 2023.

Braser said keeping next year’s in October will give more chance of fans being able to watch every step of the race. For this year’s organisers have asked participators to only bring one spectator with them.

Braser said: “We believe that by moving the 2022 event to October we give ourselves the best chances of welcoming the world to the streets of London, enabling tens of millions to be raised for good causes and giving people the certainty that their hard work and training will allow them to experience the amazing crowds cheering them every step of the way from Greenwich to Westminster.”

The London Marathon is back in the Autumn next year


The London Marathon is back in the Autumn next year

When does the London Marathon 2021 start?

The London Marathon is both a virtual and in-person event in 2021.

Here are the start times for participants:

  • 12am: Virtual Virgin Money London Marathon (participants must complete the 26.2 miles by 11.59pm)
  • 8.30am: Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon
  • 8.50am: Elite wheelchairs
  • 9am: Elite women 
  • From 9.30am to 11am: Elite men and mass start

What is the running route? 

This year the race returns to its traditional Blackheath starting point. 

It will then head east towards Charlton and Woolwich before turning west along the Thames.

Throngs of runners will flow past the iconic Cutty Sark in Greenwich towards the Shard near London Bridge.

Then it will cross the River Thames via the historic Tower Bridge before turning east again through the East End’s docklands and the Isle of Dogs before going past the forest of skyscrapers at Canary Wharf.

From here it will then head west through central London, down the Embankment and finishing up on the Mall.

View a detailed London Marathon route map here.

How can I watch on TV?

Fans of the London Marathon and supporters of runners have been told to watch from home on TV in 2021.

Participants have been told to invited just one spectator.

You can catch the action live on the BBC:

  • BBC Two 8am-10am: Live coverage
  • BBC One 10am-2.30pm: Live coverage
  • BBC Red Button/iPlayer 2.30pm-4pm: Live coverage
  • BBC Two 6pm-7pm: Highlights

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