The 2020 London Marathon is fast approaching, taking place on Sunday 26 April. Training is key now to ensure you are in peak physical condition before the feat. 

If you’re running the London Marathon, I would start seriously considering your training programme as early as possible. 

To ensure you are in the best shape for the 26 mile run, my 14-week marathon training programme will create a personalised schedule to not only optimise endurance and performance, but will minimise your risk of injury.

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How long is the London Marathon?

The London Marathon is 26.2 miles (42.1 km). The flat, road route has several starting points and times depending on the different racing categories. There are three starting points for the 2020 race in Blackheath, Greenwich and Woolwich. The race ends at Tower Bridge. 

When does the London Marathon ballot open?

It changes every year, but is typically around the end of April. The ballot for the 2020 marathon opened on Race Day 2019, which is the first time that’s ever happened. It was only open 6 days so keep an eye out for the ballot opening next year to be in with the best chance.

How do I enter the London Marathon 2020?

The 2020 ballot closed in April 2019. But there are a few different entry options for next year. There’s the random ballot entry, the charity entry, international entry, good for age entry, wheelchair entry and more. 

You can sign up for a ballot entry on the official London Marathon website

How much does the London Marathon cost?

The London Marathon costs £39 for standard entry and £35 for members of an affiliated UK running club. You can choose to donate your fee if you’re not successful which means you’ll be automatically entered into the Lucky Bequest draw where a further 1,000 applicants are offered a place. If you’re entering from overseas entry is £80.


How many ballot places are there in the London Marathon? 

There are around 17,000 marathon runners out of nearly half a million applicants from across the world. When the London Marathon first started in 1981, there were fewer than 7,000 runners and 20,000 applicants. 

How does the London Marathon ballot work? 

It’s a totally random ballot, so everyone has an equal chance of getting a place. However, you can opt in to be entered for the Lucky Bequest or check the official website to see if there are any charity places if you aren’t successful in the first ballot. 

Can I wear headphones?

You definitely can! Running with good music is a great way to keep pace, and gives you something else to focus on (especially once those miles start adding up). Just make sure it’s not so loud you can’t hear what’s going on around you. 

How to track London Marathon runners?

The London Marathon has its own app where you can track runners, including leaderboard positions so things can get competitive… 

Who are the London Marathon pacers?

The London Marathon pacers are great! They’re part of the Runner’s World x New Balance team. They offer finish times that range from 3 hours to 7 hours 30 minutes. They’re stationed at all three of the starting zones, so find the flag that has the time to suit you and you don’t have to worry about keeping pace.

Can I defer my place in the London Marathon?

You can defer your place, just make sure you do it before the closing date for deferrals. For the 2020 London Marathon you can defer your place until 8pm on Saturday 25 April.

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