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Details For The Virtual London Marathon 2022 Have Been Released

Virtual London Marathon 2020 in Dulwich
Runners take part in the virtual London Marathon in October 2020 in Dulwich Park, London (Image credit: Getty Images / NurPhoto / Contributor)

The London Marathon isn’t the only, er, London Marathon marathon that’s hard to get into. The Virtual London Marathon is a special event in its own right, and 24,000 people in more than 100 countries ran it in 2021. It’s held on Sunday 2nd October, the same day as the in-person event, and participants can start their run at any time on the day. Participants get race bibs, a medal and a finisher’s T-shirt, and the time is recorded in a partner app and counts towards things like Good For Age entry in future London Marathons.

Places are limited in the Virtual London Marathon, and have just become more limited, as people who were unsuccessful in the 2022 London Marathon ballot are being offered an eight-day window to bag a slot in the virtual event. 

Having early access is a worthy consolation prize for missing out on the live event. If possible, book in with some other friends who missed out and make a day of it, mapping out an enjoyable marathon route where you can enjoy support from other friends and family. 

The price of entry hasn’t been given yet (we’ll update this article once we can confirm it), but the Virtual London Marathon cost £20 in 2020 and £28 in 2021. 

The remaining places will become available to the public on Tuesday 22nd March and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. That’s if there are any left, since the majority of the 350,000 who entered the 2022 ballot will not have received a race place. It’s anyone’s guess how many places will be left because this is the first year people who were unsuccessful in the ballot were given early-access to places in the virtual event.

If you’re on the fence about whether you’d enjoy the virtual race, check out our tips for a virtual marathon from London Marathon’s resident coach Martin Yelling to spark your motivation for the event. 

If you’re still determined to run the real thing, you can still apply for a charity place. Many charities still have places available in the marathon, and while fundraising demands for the event are always steep, you will be well supported in both your training and fundraising efforts.

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.