London Marathon 2022: How to enter the ballot

The ballot for the London Marathon 2022 closes on Friday October 8. LondonWorld has all the details of how to enter.

This year’s London Marathon saw a record-breaking 80,000 runners take part in-person and virtually.

From ballot to charity entries here’s everything you need to know about entering the London Marathon 2022 ballot.

When is the London Marathon 2022?

Next year’s London Marathon will take place on Sunday October 2 2022, and will be sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

This will be the third year in a row the race has taken place in autumn, as traditionally the event occurs in spring.

Runners crossing Tower Bridge on Sunday’s London Marathon.

How to enter the ballot?

Ballot entries close at 9pm this Friday October 8, so you need to get your entry in quickly.

Ballot entrants should expect to hear if their entry is successful next February.

The cost of a place for successful UK participants is £49 (with a £2 discount for members of UKA-affiliated running clubs).

How to enter the international ballot?

This also closes at 9pm BST on Friday October 8.

Members of the public finish during the 2021 Virgin Money London Marathon at Tower Bridge on October 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

How do the ballots work?

The London Marathon Ballot is drawn at random, just like the National Lottery, so everyone is in with the same chance.

If you’d like to increase your chances of gaining a 2022 TCS London Marathon place, you can opt to donate your entry fee when you enter the UK Ballot.

Applicants who do this are entered into a second draw for another chance to secure a place.

How to apply for a charity entry?

Each year most major charities have a set number of entry places in the event through the Golden and Silver Bond schemes.

They allocate these places to runners who, in return, agree to raise a minimum amount of money for the charity.

There are usually more people interested in running for each charity than there are charity places available, so often charities will select runners based on their connection with the cause and how much money they are realistically able to raise.

The charity may also ask runners to pay a registration fee when they apply for their charity place.

A runner dressed as a tiger on Victoria Embankment during the London Marathon on October 03, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Rob Pinney/Getty Images)

Championship Entry

Those who wish to qualify for the Championship Entry must complete a marathon or half marathon at an event on a certified course in a set time.

Men must complete their qualifying marathon in under two hours and 40 minutes, while women must finish theirs in under three hours and 14 minutes.

The half-marathon qualifying times are one hour and 12 minutes for men and one hour and 28 minutes for women.

The Championship qualification period for the 2022 London Marathon opened on January 1 2021 and will close on December 31 2021.

Entries for the 2022 Championship will open later in the year.