How to qualify for London Marathon

Ever wondered how fast you have to run to qualify for the London Marathon?

Outlined below oulines exactly what you need to do to qualify in your own right.

HOW TO ENTER

Championship Entry

If you're a member of an athletics club associated with British Athletics and you achieved a championship-qualifying performance for a marathon (or half marathon) in 2014 or 2015, you can apply for a championship entry place in the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. The system to apply will open at the start of November 2015 – see below for more details.

Do I qualify?

You needed to have completed a marathon (or half marathon) in the same time as, or faster than, the times listed below – these are the official championship qualifying performance times. Your qualifying time must have been achieved after 1st January 2014:

MenTime (in hours)WomenTime (in hours)
Full marathonsub 2:45Full marathonsub 3:15
Half marathonsub 1:15Half marathonsub 1:30

HOW TO ENTER

Good For Age Entry

If you've already run a full marathon in a particularly fast time, you might qualify for an automatic 'good for age' entry into the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. Please note that 'good for age' entries for the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon are now closed.

Do I qualify?

You can apply for a 'good for age' entry if you've run a full marathon in the same time, or faster than, the times listed below, please note the times must have been achieved since the 1st January 2014:

MenTime (in hours)WomenTime (in hours)
Age   18-40sub   3:05Age   18-40sub   3:45
Age   41-49sub   3:15Age   41-49sub   3:50
Age   50-59sub   3:20Age   50-59sub   4:00
Age   60-64sub   3:45Age   60-64sub   4:30
Age   65-69sub   4:00Age   65-69sub   5:00
Age   70-75sub   5:00Age   70-75sub   6:00
76+sub   5:3076+sub   6.30