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FAQ Frequently asked questions

How old do I have to be to run the marathon?
When do we get the lottery's results?
 
Is there any contact adress published? 
When is the marathon exhibition open and how can I get there? 
Is there a pasta party and a breakfast run?
What ticket is the most convenient one to get around in London?
May I use my own championchip?
Which of the start sites is mine and what pen do I have to enter?
How do I get to the start?
Do all the women start seperately? 
Are there any pace makers provided?
Is it just miles marked on the route? What about distances in kilometers? 
Do we get certificates, results, including master classes?
Do we get official split times? 
What sort of rewards and trophies are handed out at the finish?


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  • How old do I have to be to run the marathon? nach oben
    British athletic ruels allow to run the marathon from 18 years on. However, there is a mini marathon event for school children on marathon day, for a distance of 4.2K along the final stage of the official marathon route with finish on the Mall. Entries are possible only via your school or the local borough.
    Look up the official website of MiniLondonMarathon

  • When do we get the lottery's results?  nach oben
    Usually emails are sent early in October. If lucky your credit card account will be debted earlier. If you notice the booking you can be sure of your place in the field.

  • Is there any contact adress published? nach oben
    On the official website there is no address published. There is a phone hotline provided:
    +44 (0) 207 902 0189. In recent times the AIMS-website showed a mail address (now deleted):
    Alan Storey, David Bedford / P.O. Box 1234 / London SE1 8RZ and phone +44 (0) 207 620 4117,
    fax 620 4208. Good luck.

  • When is the marathon exhibition open and how can I get there?  nach oben
    During race week it is open on Wednesday from 11am to 8pm, on Thursday and Friday from 10am to 8pm, on Saturday it opens from 9am to 5pm. The EXCEL Exhibition Centre can easily be reached by the Dockland Railway (DLR, mainly high level train) in direction of BECKTON, the station is called CUSTOM HOUSE. On your journey you will be able to watch a good part of the marathon route.

  • Is there a pasta party and a breakfast run?  nach oben
    I am afraid there isn't. If you insist to tug in some sticky pasta, it is available at the exhibition. There is an area marked "Pasta Party" where an instant dinner is available and avoidable.

  • What ticket is the most convenient one to get around in London?  nach oben
    The best buy is the one of the Travelcards. Look up the details at The Tube website.
    Compare the new Visitor Oyster Card which is the better offer for people staying longer.

  • May I use my own ChampionChip?  nach oben
    I am afraid you can't. London Marathon uses a different system, the IPICO Sports tag that you get together with your bib and that will be removed from your shoe behind the finish line.

  • Which of the start sites is mine and what pen do I have to enter nach oben
    There are 3 different starts, marked in different colours, each of it has its own infrastructure.
    Blue start (numbers up to 26,500 and 55,751 to 59,000)
    in Blackheath: Here the elite runners take off, and also the serious club runners are here. Therefore you will not spot a large number of costumed runners here. Since 2007 all overseas runners start here.
    Green start (26,501 bis 30,700) in Blackheath: This is small field of privileged runners like celebs, seniors, ever present runners, sponsors, slower Good for Age, special competitions and so on.
    Red start (30,701 to 55,750) in Greenwich: Here you will find most of the fun runners. Their parade before the start is an entertaining event itself. I reckon there is no race all over the world with such a big number of creative and weird costumes. Fast Good for Age runners have a special location ouside the Park. Each of the big starts, blue and red, have nine pens, to which you are allocated according to your target time. For instance: With my time of 3:26 I got into pen 3. You will find your pen printed on your race number.

  • How do I get to the start nach oben
    The different start places are best to be reach by train (the railway, not the tube). Your number is valid as a ticket. The timetable will be handed out together with all the other instructions and your number at the Expo. On my start page you will find last year's timetable which should be largely unchanged and more advice. For those of you who came by the help of a travel agency should a special bus transfer be provided.

  • Do all the women start seperately?  nach oben
    Just the invited elite female runners, a little hand-picked field, start at 9.15 am. All other participants go off at 10.00am. Wheel chair competitors start at 8.55am. Paralympics start at 9.00am.

  • Are there any pace makers provided? nach oben
    Runners World UK, the magazine, offers pace making at the red and the blue start for different target times. Look up the RWUK site. The pace makers do target their time based on chip times. This is perfectly right as chip times are the official finish times. Gun times are no longer published. Even the official finish fotos show chip times.

  • Is it just miles marked on the route? What about distances in kilometers?  nach oben
    Every mile is marked by big banners (*). At every mile a big digital clock is provided.
    Additionally there are banners and clocks every 5K and at half marathon. In 2015 for the first time every kilometer was marked by small signs.
    (*) Exception: At the red start there are only little signs for the first 2 miles which can be missed easily. Between second and third mile the red route joins the blue one. Don't be scared by the strange noise runners produce when meeting. The green route merges with the blue one after 800 yards already. 

  • Do we get certificates, results, including master classes?  nach oben
    The results will be published quite shortly on the internet. Last year the provider was  www.championchip.de. A modest certificate can be printed out online. The certificate shows your place overall, within your gender and within your age group. 
    Too, the Evening Standard will publish the complete list in the printed edition, usually next Thursday.

  • Do we get official split times?  nach oben
    Split times are taken every 5K and at half marathon. They will be published online together with your finishing time. Furthermore there are some secret check places where split times are taken.

  • What sort of rewards and trophies are handed out at the finish?  nach oben
    There is the Virgin sponsored medal (look up Medals'n'Mottos), and a  goodie bag containing your finisher shirt, protection blanket and a collection of sponsors' products, like muesli bar, crisps or rice bag.
    Advice: Put a solid bottle with your favourite drink into your kitbag. Nestlé water is supplied at the finish but I presume you will not be able to pour down any more.

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