London Marathon Places

The London Marathon, held in April each year, provides the club with a small number of places. 

 A draw is made to choose the lucky recipients. The qualification criteria to enter the draw, which have been updated for 2023, are as follows:

 1. All entrants must be an EA-registered,  first claim member of the Stragglers at 1st May in the year of the draw. The entrant (or their representative) must be present at the draw.

2. Entrants must have done two of the following in the 12 months prior to the draw:

   a) run in a Stragglers organised team (see note 1 below),

   b) run in a Stragglers organised relay which involves entering before race day (see note 2 below),

   c) officially helped out at one of: Wedding Day 7k, Green Belt Relay, Welsh Castles, River Relay, Cabbage Patch 10, Club 10k, Club cross-country championships, Rothwell Relay, Mob Match, Stragglers hosted Surrey League Cross-Country race.

3. Members lucky enough to have been drawn from the last Stragglers' ballot will not be eligible for inclusion.

4. Entrants must self-certify and confirm to the Secretary that they qualify under the above criteria and provide proof of rejection from London Marathon prior to the draw taking place.

Please note the Committee will maintain the right to use their discretion with respect to any final decision relating to the merit and / or application of qualification criteria. 

Note1: 2a) is all cross country races, races in the Surrey Road League (excluding those where entry is paid for by the Club).

Note 2: 2b) is Welsh Castles, Green Belt Relay, Round Norfolk Relay, County Road Relays, Southern Road Relays, Parkland Relay, Imber Court Relay, River Relay, Priory Cross-Country Relay.

To enter the ballot for the 2023 London Marathon, send your reject email /letter and details of how you meet the criteria to [email protected] by Wednesday 14th December 2022. The draw will be held on Thursday 15th December 2022 at Bushy Park Sports Club. We expect this to be around 9pm, but all who enter the draw will be contacted to confirm this


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