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 ballot'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
no more any phone hotline. The only way is by
When is the
marathon exhibition open and how can I get there?
During race week it is open from Wednesday to Friday from 10am to
8pm, on Saturday it opens from 8.30am to 5.30pm. 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 Oyster Card lets you travel with comfort but you can also use
your credit card in the same way.
May I use my own
I am afraid you can't. The official chip is fixed to the rear of
your bib number.
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 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.
Green start in
Blackheath: This is a small field of privileged runners like celebs,
seniors, ever present runners, sponsors, slower Good for Age, special
competitions and so on.
Red start 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.
How do I get to
The different start places are best to be reached 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. For those of you who came
by the help of a travel agency should a special bus transfer be
Do all the
women start seperately?
Just the invited elite female runners, a little hand-picked field,
start at 9.35 am. All other participants go off later, between 10.00
and 11.30am. Wheel chair competitors start at 9.20am.
Are there any pace makers provided?
There are official pace makers for times from 3 h to 7.30 h in 15
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. Every kilometer is 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. Runners
can be tracked live via the official App. A modest certificate can be printed out online. The certificate
shows your place overall, within your gender and within your age
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 medal (look up
Medals'n'Mottos), and a goodie bag containing your
finisher shirt, protection blanket and drinks and a bar.
Advice: Put a solid bottle with your favourite drink into your
kitbag. Buxton water is supplied at the finish but I presume you
will not be able to pour down any more.