London Marathon - club allocation
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Wednesday, 04 October 2017

Harriers, along with other clubs affiliated to England Athletics, is allocated a place in the London Marathon.

This year we are proposing to hold a ballot to allocate the place to a club member who wants to run the race in April next year, and with the rejection / acceptance letters from the national ballot landing on people's doormats this week, now is the perfect time to give someone a second chance to get a place in the ballot.

We will run the ballot according to the rules below. These aim to prioritise club members who are actively seeking a place in the race, and ensure the place is fairly allocated.

Please see below for details of how to get your name in the ballot!

  • The club is expected to be allocated one place in the 2018 London Marathon
  • One entry per person only
  • Please do not enter unless you fully intend to run the 2018 London Marathon
  • Entry is for the individual only - the place cannot be passed on to anyone else
  • The entrant must pay all fees and charges associated with the entry (approx £35, to be confirmed)
  • Entry is limited to those who are
    • Eligible to run the London Marathon under the race rules (e.g. over 18 on the date of the race)
    • Club members who joined on or before 1st September 2017
    • Parents of club members who joined on or before 1st September 2017
    • Brothers or sisters of club members who joined on or before 1st September 2017
    • Decisions on eligibility will be confirmed by the Club Secretary
  • Requests to be included in the ballot must be received by midnight on 28th October 2017 and the full list of applicants will be published on the club website as soon as possible after that time.
  • Requests to be included in the ballot must be emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it with the word "Marathon" in the message title so it is not overlooked
  • Entrants will be placed into three "buckets" to prioritise the draw. With only one place available, the allocation will go to someone in the first bucket, if there is at least one applicant. If not, then the second bucket, then the third.
    • First bucket - paid up club members with membership prior to 1st September 2017 who have been rejected from the main national London Marathon 2018 ballot
    • Second bucket - paid up club members with membership prior to 1st September 2017
    • Third bucket - all other eligible individuals as described above (e.g. parents, siblings etc)
  • All entrants will be allocated an individual number. A random draw will take place on or shortly after 29th October 2017 and the winner will be notified by email. All entries will be drawn and the order of the draw will determine the order of a reserve list if the winner is unable to run, subject to VMLM transfer rules
  • If for whatever reason the club should not be able to secure an official club place in the 2018 London Marathon, the club will be under no obligation to secure a place for any individual who has been successful in this ballot
  • Applicants should note that the club place is NOT transferrable
  • No-one who has entered this ballot will take part in the draw to determine the results
  • Halton & Frodsham Harriers Athletics Club reserves the right to amend these rules at any time and to implement them as it, at its absolute discretion, see fit whilst adhering to the fundamental principles of fairness, transparency and equity