5 Things You Need To Know Before This Year’s Virgin Money London Marathon


5 Things You Need To Know Before This Year’s Virgin Money London Marathon

With the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon just around the corner, we take you through five things you need to know if you’re taking on this year’s event.  

Runners Need To Pre-Register This Year

All runner’s taking part in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon were sent an email in early April that contained details of the new pre-registration process that’s been introduced for this year’s event.

Final Instructions, running number for the race and QR code that replaces the Registration Form of previous years will then be emailed to runners once they’ve successfully completed the pre-registration process.

This year’s event is being made more eco-friendly

This year, event organisers are also taking steps to make the Virgin Money London Marathon a more sustainable event. There are a number of initiatives being trialled during this year’s event, including reducing the number of drink stations on the course which will see a reduction of more than 215,000 plastic bottles compared to the 2018 race.

Lucozade Sport will also be provided to runners in vegan-friendly and allergen-free edible Ooho seaweed capsules at Mile 23. The digital pre-registration process detailed above will also drastically reduces the amount of paper sent out. Find out more about these sustainability changes, here.

Celebrity Runners In This Year's Event

Tennis legend Sir Andy Murray is the official starter of the 2019 London Marathon. The two-time Wimbledon winner follows in royal footsteps as last year’s race was started from the grounds of Windsor Castle by The Queen.

As always there are a number of celebrities taking part in this year’s event, including former BBC Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans (who’ll be running his fifth London Marathon), classical singer Laura Wright, celebrity chef Marcus Bean, former England footballer Katie Chapman, Actress Tanya Franks, comedian Ed Gambel and commentator Jonathan Pearce.

Thanks A Billion

This year, the London Marathon hit an incredible landmark. Over One billion pounds has been raised for charity since the race began in 1981. Over 75% of the 40,000 plus runners every year raise money for charitable causes, making the Virgin Money London Marathon the largest annual fundraising event on the planet.

If you’d like to find out more about running the Virgin Money London Marathon for charity, visit our charity listings page.

Start Times

The start times for the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon on the 28th April are as follows:  

09:05 - Elite Wheelchair races

09:15 - World Para Athletics Marathon Championships Ambulant Athletes

09:25 - The Elite Women’s Race

10:10 - The Elite Men’s Race, British Athletics & England Athletics Marathon Championships and Mass Race