London Marathon: How to enter
We know of 4 ways to enter the London Marathon:
The Flora London Marathon 2009 online entry ballot system opened on 13th April 2008 and will close when 120,000 applications have been received. This is a ballot entry system. Entry into the ballot does not guarantee entry into the marathon as there will be more applicants than entries available. You will be advised if you have been successful in securing an entry in the Flora London Marathon 2009 in early October, when you will either receive one of two magazines – ‘Accepted’ or ‘Rejected’, or you log back in to this website.
Bequeath your entry fee and receive a FREE limited edition Flora London Marathon micro-fleece. All unsuccessful applicants who donate their entry fees will receive additional benefits. Full information is on the London Marathon website.
Should you be unsuccessful in the ballot, or would like raise money for you favourite cause then consider running far a charity.
Each Charity has to pay approximately £250 for each place, so charity place are not handed out for free. You will be expected to raise a large sum of money, between £1,000 and £1,500, for your London Marathon place.
The qualifying standards for a marathon are sub 2:45 for men or sub 3:15 for women. If you are a member of a UKA club and have a qualifying performance in the last two years you can apply for automatic entry to the London Marathon.
There is also a sliding scale for those who are 'Good for your Age'. Again, apply to London Marathon for a guaranteed place. The scale is as follows:
Each UK Athletics-affiliated club is guaranteed a number of places dependant upon the number of club members amongst other criteria. The Stowmarket Striders usually have 3 guaranteed places to the London Marathon. To apply for a club place, the committee has agreed on the following criteria.
If you wish to be considered for the Club Place, please apply using the London Marathon 2009 Club Place Application Form. Pass the completed form with your rejection letter to Richard Nash or any member of the committee and it will be considered with other applications at a committee meeting.
Those successful are usually announced at the Stowmarket Striders Christmas Party.