Thinking about running the London marathon for a charity in 2013? We’ve put together a handy guide for getting a place.
- Enter the ballot. The marathon ballot opened on 30th April 2012. You’ll find out if you’ve received a place in early October. Click here to enter the ballot.
- Grab a charity place. An alternative to the ballot is to secure a place for the marathon by applying directly for a charity, or golden bond, place. In exchange for a golden bond place, you’ll be expected to raise money for your charity – the target will vary depending on who you run for. Some charity places are very popular so if you know who you want to run for, get in touch early. Find a charity to run for by clicking here.
- Get some practice in. If you’ve never run the marathon before, you might want to ease into it by running something shorter, such as Race for Life, run by Cancer Research UK. Click here to browse our events calendar.
- Find a place through JustGiving. Once the balloted places are announced in October, we’ll share with you charities who are looking for runners. You can browse the directory here.
- Start fundraising. Once you’ve received confirmation of your place from the ballot or from your charity, get fundraising. Our most successful fundraisers start early – click here to create a page.