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FAQ Frequently asked questions
How old do I have to be to run the
do we get the lottery's results?
Is there any contact adress published?
When is the marathon exhibition open and how can
I get there?
Is there a pasta party and a
What ticket is the most convenient one to
get around in London?
May I use my own championchip?
Which of the start sites is mine and what
pen do I have to enter?
How do I get to the start?
Do all the women start seperately?
Are there any pace makers provided?
Is it just miles marked on the
route? What about distances in kilometers?
Do we get certificates, results, including
Do we get official split times?
What sort of rewards and trophies are handed
out at the finish?
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How old do I have
to be to run the marathon?
British athletic ruels allow to run the marathon from 18 years on.
However, there is a mini marathon event for school children on
marathon day, for a distance of 4.2K along the final stage of the
official marathon route with finish on the Mall. Entries are
possible only via your school or the local borough.
Look up the official website of
When do we get
the lottery's results?
Usually emails are sent early in October.
If lucky your credit card account will be debted earlier. If you notice the booking you can be sure of your place in
any contact adress published?
On the official website there is no address published. There is
a phone hotline provided:
+44 (0) 207 902 0189. In recent times the AIMS-website
showed a mail address (now deleted):
Alan Storey, David Bedford / P.O. Box 1234 / London SE1 8RZ and
phone +44 (0) 207 620 4117,
fax 620 4208. Good luck.
When is the
marathon exhibition open and how can I get there?
During race week it is open on Wednesday from 11am to 8pm, on
Thursday and Friday from 10am to
8pm, on Saturday it opens from 9am to 5pm. The
EXCEL Exhibition Centre can
easily be reached by the Dockland Railway (DLR, mainly high level
train) in direction of BECKTON, the station is called CUSTOM HOUSE. On your journey you will be able to watch a good
part of the marathon route.
a pasta party and a breakfast run?
I am afraid there isn't. If you insist to tug in some sticky pasta,
it is available at the exhibition. There is an area marked
"Pasta Party" where an instant dinner is available and
What ticket is
the most convenient one to get around in London?
The best buy is the one of the Travelcards. Look up the details at
Compare the new Visitor Oyster Card which is the better offer for
people staying longer.
May I use my own
I am afraid you can't. London Marathon uses a different system, the
IPICO Sports tag that you get together with your bib and that will
be removed from your shoe behind the finish line.
Which of the
start sites is mine and what pen do I have to enter?
There are 3 different starts, marked in different colours, each of
it has its own infrastructure.
Blue start (numbers up to 26,500 and 55,751 to 59,000) in Blackheath: Here the elite
runners take off, and also the serious club runners are here.
Therefore you will not spot a large number of costumed runners here.
Since 2007 all overseas runners start here.
Green start (26,501 bis 30,700) in
Blackheath: This is small field of privileged runners like celebs,
seniors, ever present runners, sponsors, slower Good for Age, special
competitions and so on.
Red start (30,701 to 55,750) in Greenwich:
Here you will find most of
the fun runners. Their parade before the start is an entertaining
event itself. I reckon there is no race all over the world with such
a big number of creative and weird costumes.
Fast Good for Age runners have a special location ouside the Park.
Each of the big starts, blue and red, have nine pens, to which you
are allocated according to your target time. For instance: With my
time of 3:26 I got into pen 3.
You will find your pen printed on your race number.
How do I get to
The different start places are best to be reach by train (the
railway, not the tube). Your number is valid as a ticket. The
timetable will be handed out together with all the other
instructions and your number at the Expo. On my start
page you will find last year's timetable which should be largely
unchanged and more advice. For those of you who came by the help of
a travel agency should a special bus transfer be provided.
Do all the
women start seperately?
Just the invited elite female runners, a little hand-picked field,
start at 9.15 am. All other participants go off at 10.00am. Wheel chair
competitors start at 8.55am. Paralympics start at 9.00am.
Are there any pace makers provided?
Runners World UK, the magazine, offers pace making at the red and
the blue start for different target times. Look up the RWUK
site. The pace makers do target their time based on chip
times. This is perfectly right as chip times are
the official finish times. Gun times are no longer published. Even
the official finish fotos show chip times.
Is it just
miles marked on the route? What about distances in kilometers?
Every mile is marked by big banners (*). At every mile a big digital
clock is provided.
Additionally there are banners and clocks every 5K and at half
marathon. In 2015 for the first time every kilometer was marked by
(*) Exception: At the red start there are only little signs for the
first 2 miles which can be missed easily. Between second and third
mile the red route joins the blue one. Don't be scared by the
strange noise runners produce when meeting. The green route merges
with the blue one after 800 yards already.
Do we get
certificates, results, including master classes?
The results will be published quite shortly on the internet. Last
year the provider was www.championchip.de.
A modest certificate can be printed out online. The certificate
shows your place overall, within your gender and within your age
Too, the Evening Standard will publish the complete list in the
printed edition, usually next Thursday.
Do we get
official split times?
Split times are taken every 5K and at half marathon. They
will be published online together with your finishing time.
Furthermore there are some secret check places where split times are taken.
What sort of
rewards and trophies are handed out at the finish?
There is the Virgin sponsored medal (look up
and a goodie bag containing your finisher shirt, protection
blanket and a collection
of sponsors' products, like muesli bar, crisps or rice bag.
Advice: Put a solid bottle with your favourite drink into your
kitbag. Nestlé water is supplied at the finish but I presume you
will not be able to pour down any more.