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.
Arrangements for the ballot for entry into the 2024 London Marathon will be posted here later in the year. The criteria will be as above. The draw usually takes place in December on a Thursday night at Bushy Park Sports Club.