TCS London Marathon – 2025 Registration & 2024 Results

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The TCS London Marathon is an annual marathon held in London, United Kingdom. Founded in 1981, the TCS London Marathon is usually held in April and has been one of the six World Marathon Majors since 2006.

The TCS London Marathon is one of the largest running events in the United Kingdom and has a significant charity component attached to the marathon, with participants helping to raise over £1 billion since its founding.

The race caters to everyone –  an open marathon for the masses, professional races for elite athletes, wheelchair races, and a mini-marathon event for under-17 athletes. It is largely a flat course set around the River Thames aiding runners in achieving their personal bests (PBs).

The 2020 London Marathon was postponed and only allowed elite participants due to the COVID-19 outbreak. For the same reason, the 2021 and 2022 editions were postponed to October.

The race has a title sponsorship, sponsored by Virgin Money for several years before it was branded the “TCS London Marathon” in 2022.

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TCS London Marathon

Race Categories, Dates, Registration, Eligibility & Fees

Marathon Mini London Marathon
Mini London Marathon
(1 mile)
Distance 42.2km 2.6km 1.6km
Race Date Apr 27, 2025 Apr 26, 2025 Apr 26, 2025
Start Time ^ 10:00 am onwards* 9:00 am onwards** 11:00 am onwards**
Eligibility Criterion  18 years & above 10 – 17 years^^ 4 -11 years^^
Fees U.K. Residents – Live event  £69.99 Free# Free#
Fees – International-Live event  £146
(including £ 26 levy)
Fees U.K. Residents- Virtual event  £28
Fees – International-Virtual event  £35
Registration- UK Residents Registration closed (for 2025 ballot entry) Registration not yet open Registration not yet open
Registration- International Registration closed (for 2025 ballot entry)
Expo Details^ The expo venue for 2024 event was at TCS London Marathon Running Show, Halls N1-N8 (Entrance N3), ExCeL London, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL

^ Details of Race Start time, Expo details, etc. for the London Marathon 2025 has not yet been released. Above are details from the 2024 race event for reference
* Full Marathon participants would be allotted start wave times based on predicted finish times submitted. The runners would be left off in waves to space out the participants to avoid overcrowding.
** Tentatively children, would be left off in waves starting with the MLM 2.6K championship run, followed by the MLM 2.6K and MLM 1mile run
^^ Mini London Marathon – both 2.6K and 1mile – are applied through schools. Children from Reception to Year 3 need adult supervision in the ratio of 1:8. MLM 2.6K also will host the MLM kids’ championship for budding athletes.
# No entry fees to MLM -2.6K or MLM 1mile. Instead, £10 would be paid to the school per child who completes the race. This amount is to be used for PE or IT equipment.

*** There are multiple ways to enter /apply for TCS London Marathon. 

  1. Virtual TCS London Marathon: The virtual edition gives runners the freedom to take on 26.2 miles their way, on the route of their choice, at any time from 00:00 to 23:59:59 BST on race day – the same day as the mass event in London.
  2. Ballot entry: The draw for the TCS London Marathon Ballot is completely random giving all applicants the same chance. To increase chance of gaining a spot, runners can opt to donate their entry fees when they enter the ballot since all fee-donators get to enter a second draw to secure a place.
  3. Good for Age: Only for UK resident who achieves a qualifying time within a qualifying time period and their application has been received by the published closing date. Good for Age places are then allocated on a ‘fastest first’ basis compared to age and the qualifying time. Applicable for entries through Charity, direct sales, or ballots.
  4. Championship Entry: The runners’ qualifying performance for a marathon /half marathon must have been run at an event with a course certified by AIMS, or a national governing body for distance running for the country in which the event was held. They also need to be registered with their national governing body (England Athletics, Scotland Athletics, Welsh Athletics, or Athletics Northern Ireland). The membership needs to be valid at the time of the race. .
  5. British Athletics Club:  All athletics clubs affiliated with British Athletics are eligible to apply for TCS London Marathon club entries. The number of entries allocated to each club will be based on the number of first claim-registered members it has. These members must also be aged 18 or over and registered with British Athletics. 
  6. Deferred Entry: Race entries can be deferred to the following year if the participant is eligible to do so.
  7. Charity Program: Each year, most major charities are given a set number of TCS London Marathon entry places 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 that charity. Since the number of applicants are higher than charity spots, the charities select applicants basis their connection with the cause as well as expected fundraising.
  8. International Tour Group: Interested participants can get a guaranteed spot through affiliated international tour groups.

Route/Course Map

Information about the course maps & other details for the TCS London Marathon 2025 not yet available. Below are details from the 2024 event for reference 

Marathon MLM-2.6K MLM-1Mile
Course Map FM Course Map 2.6K Course Map 1 mile Course details

The TCS London Marathon route has a POINT-TO-POINT course with the below-mentioned Start and Finish points:

Start Point Finish Point
Marathon Greenwich Park (Red Start),
St John’s Park (Green Start),
Shooter’s Hill Road (Blue Start)
St James Park
1 mile MLM Horse Guard’s Road Near Mall Road, St John’s Park
2.6K MLM Surrey Street Near Mall Road, St John’s Park

Prize Money

Information about the prizes/ awards for the TCS London Marathon 2025 not yet available. Below are details from the 2024 event for reference  

  • Both the Able-bodied and Wheelchair divisions have an equal prize purse totaling $308,000 each.
  • While the prizes go upto top 10 position holders, the top 3 position holders receive the following cash prizes (men and women; able bodied & wheelchair): 

-1st prize: USD 55000
– 2nd prize: USD 30000
– 3rd prize: USD 22500

2024 and Earlier Edition Results


Important Points

  • At the expo, the participants need to present their email with a unique QR code along with a photo ID to receive their participant event packet.
  • In case unable to pick up the event pack on their own, participants can send their representatives along with the email (with QR code), runners’ photo ID card copy, and an authorization letter.
  • On race day, participants can avail of free travel (using their bib number) on Southeastern train services from London stations to the Start, as well as on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), London Underground, and buses.
  • There would be four assembly areas (Blue, Green, Red & Yellow) and 3 starting points (Blue, Green & Red). The color of the bib numbers helps define the assembly area.
  • Pacers would be available
  • Water, sports drinks, and gels would be available at aid stations. Toilet and medical aid facilities would also be available.
  • If the participant has entered the wheelchair section of the Event, he/she is only permitted to use a self-propelled wheelchair without gears or any mechanical, powered, or electronic aid or device. If in the elite wheelchair section of the Event, participants will only use a racing wheelchair approved by LME.
  • Race entries can be deferred to the following year if the participant is eligible to do so. Pregnancy or postpartum/ UK residents who got placed via ballot, running clubs, and stakeholders/ International runners who got placed via ballot are eligible to defer race entry. Charity, Good for Age, and Championship places cannot be deferred.
  • A free mobile app is available to aid both runners & spectators. Read more about downloading the mobile app for both Apple and Android phones.
  • Organizers anticipate most participants to finish the race in 8 hrs. A specially recruited group of 50 ‘Tailwalkers’ will move along the entire route at an eight-hour pace, starting at the back of the final wave on all three starts: Blue, Green, and Red. If runners are unable to maintain this 8 hrs pace, a Tailwalker will drop back, move them onto the pavement, and support and guide the runners through to the Finish Line at whatever pace they are able to maintain. Drinks Stations and timing mats will stay in place until all Tailwalkers have passed. A Course Control vehicle will follow the Tailwalkers, along with two coaches to collect any participants who are unable to continue.

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  1. Hi, for Championship entry, are courses measured by UKA but not AIMS okay..? Just it only mentions AIMS on the official website. Thank you

    1. Hi Anna,

      You are correct. The organizers have modified the course measurement certification to mainly AIMS for the time certificate for Championship Entry


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