Victoria Park Harriers and Tower Hamlets Athletics Club

Friendly east London club for athletes of all abilities


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London Marathon

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Club marathon places

The Club is generally allocated a few places for each London Marathon, which are allocated amongst the membership by ballot in the November preceding the marathon.

To be eligible for a place in the ballot you must:

  1. Be a first claim member and not be in arrears for membership subscriptions.
  2. Have applied and been rejected through the normal London Marathon ballot.
  3. Not have received a guaranteed club entry for either of the previous 2 London Marathons.
  4. Additionally, on at least 5 occasions in the year prior to the London Marathon you are entering, you must have either represented the club in a club race or been a volunteer helper. Races include league competitions or championship events at which the club enters a team, club championships and club handicaps. No more than one club handicap may be included in the list of races. Open races do not count. Volunteer helper includes marshalling or officiating at a club hosted event, helping out at a working party, helping out the entertainments team either behind the bar or at a club party/event or holding an official post within the club. Any mix of races and helping out will count to make up the 5 occasions.

Only members who meet all of the criteria above will be included in the draw for the first half of the available places. However, members who satisfy points 1 to 3, but failed to meet the criteria in 4 will be included in the draw for the remaining places if they met those criteria in any of the previous four years and have maintained unbroken membership since that year.

Please note that after the allocated places have been awarded, names will continue to be drawn as reserves. So, assuming there are 4 places on offer, the fifth name out of the hat will receive a place if one of the initial winners has to withdraw for some reason.

Those members who are lucky enough to receive a place would be expected to run the marathon in a club top and to co-operate fully with the club’s press officer regarding marathon publicity.

If you would like to apply for a Club Marathon place, or have any queries regarding eligibility, please contact Sim.