When is the London Marathon 2024?

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The London Marathon 2024 is coming on Sunday 21 April. So lace up your running shoes, get training and read on to find out everything you need to know about next year’s event.

After being moved to October due to Covid, the marathon is back in its usual time, on April 21st. Find out a little more about it in our complete guide to the London Marathon.

What time does the 2024 marathon start?

The start time for the London marathon 2024 isn’t yet confirmed, but last year the mass start was at 9.30am. This includes the men’s elite racers. The 26.2 mile route will begin near Blackheath in Greenwich, passing by London landmarks such as the Cutty Sark, the Shard, Tower Bridge, and past Canary Wharf and the London Eye.There are three different starting points, the blue start, the red start and the green start. You can read more about the London Marathon scheduling here.


For the elite runners, they can get round the course a little quicker than the average time. In order to qualify as an elite runner you must have a running time of sub 2:40:00 if you are male and a running time of sub 3:14:00 if you are a woman. 

Wheelchair races

The London Marathon believes in being accessible to all and has a dedicated team on hand to support people with a huge range of disabilities.

For elite wheelchair competitors the qualification time required to enter is 3 hours for both men and women. For everyday applicants there is no time requirement. The wheelchair racers set off in a separate wave before the mass start. In 2022, this was at 8.50am.

What is the London Marathon ballot?

Every year, a number of places for the London Marathon go to ballot for entry. This is a lottery where runners enter and then names get randomly drawn out for a spot. It’s free to enter the ballot – if you win a place in the marathon, then you pay the entry fee. Then, once you know you have secured a space you can start a GoFundMe and get fundraising.

Important ballot dates to remember

There are strict dates around entering the ballot. The ballot for The London Marathon 2024 closed in late April. There’s more information on how to enter the London Marathon here.

 Enter through an athletics club

Another option to consider is to apply through an athletics club. There’s more information on how to enter through a club on the site.

Where and when the TCS London Marathon 2024 takes place

The London Marathon 2024 is in April – and there’s still time to start a fundraiser if you haven’t already. The mass start is usually at about 9:30am – and you’ll see thousands of runners lined up at the Blackheath startline ready to go. We’ve got a handy guide on the London Marathon here, too.

 How to Enter the London Marathon

You can enter the London Marathon in a variety of ways – the two most common being by ballot or by charity entry. There are also other ways including through a club affiliated with British Athletics or through a tour operator if you live outside of the UK.


Written by alex