London Marathon Club Ballot Information

BFR London Marathon Ballot Special

Allocation of Club Guaranteed Entries

Each year the club gets allocated a number of its own guaranteed entries. The number of such entries varies each year and come in two forms:

  • As a consequence of our assistance on baggage and drinks (as above) we are allocated “helpers” places.
  • As we are affiliated to England Athletics we are allocated a number of places based on our club’s membership size.

Our guaranteed entries will be balloted to club members who meet the following criteria:

  • As of 1st October you must have been a fully paid up first claim member of the club for at least 12 months. Current year’s subscriptions must have been paid prior to 1st October that year.
  • Any members wishing to obtain a club entry must have applied in the national ballot and been unsuccessful. You will receive the “sorry” letter from the London Marathon Company in early October. 
  • If via Letter - The original of this letter must be handed to a member of the club committee 
  • If via email - Please forward to

Please complete the above prior to the 31st October. 

If, for any reason, you lose the original letter or email - you cannot enter the ballot; no other type of proof will be accepted even if that proof emanates from The London Marathon Company. In the past member’s partners have recycled the letters, member’s pets have eaten or otherwise destroyed letters and members children have mutilated the letter; in all such cases we have to be fair to all members so, unfortunate as the personal circumstances may be, you will not get into our draw.

You must be able to demonstrate to the committee that you have assisted the club in one way or another sometime in the previous 12 months. So obviously anyone who helped with marathon baggage or water station will automatically qualify. Marshalling, administering late entries and similar tasks at a BFR event including the Forest 5, TVXC, The Bracknell Half Marathon, The Samaritans Run etc. Other ways to qualify would include leading a number of training runs, being a first aider, organising a social event, being an active committee member or any other way of helping the club to exist as determined by the committee.

Please assist us by noting on the rejection letter, or a one liner in the forwarded email, how you've assisted the club - Makes our lives a lot simpler!

Participation - For the avoidance of doubt running at races in or out of colours will not count.

Note - If you enter the BFR ballot, you intend to run in 2018, not to defer.

There are plenty of BFRs who are waiting to run this one-in-a-lifetime race

Mike and your BFR Committee