Credit: Virgin Money London Marathon. Runners passing the 24 miles marker along the Embankment. The Virgin Money London Marathon, 28 April 2019. Photo: Jon Buckle for Virgin Money London Marathon For further information:

After three years of October marathons, the 2023 event returns to its traditional spring date and will take place on Sunday 23 April 2023.

The ballot for the 2023 TCS London Marathon will be open from Saturday 1 October to 21:00 on Friday 7 October. It is a completely random draw, just like the National Lottery. The ballot results will be announced before the end of October.

The TCS London Marathon is the most popular marathon on the planet, with hundreds of thousands applying for a place through the ballot every year.

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Hugh Brasher, Event Director, said: “More than one million people have now completed the London Marathon since our first event back in 1981. So many have described it as one of the best days of their lives as they run through the streets of our great capital city cheered on by the incredible crowds.

“Entering the ballot for the 2023 TCS London Marathon can be the first step towards a healthier, happier lifestyle and taking part is an extraordinary and life-changing experience.”