With the dust barely settled on this year’s event and Mo Farah’s performance likely to provoke debate for months to come, prospective competitors for the 2015 Virgin London Marathon are being alerted that ballot entries open tomorrow (Tuesday 22 April).
This year’s event received 125,000 ballot applications in a time of 11 hours 25 minutes, a figure that saw it slice six hours off the previous record. The 2015 race is scheduled for Sunday 26 April and 40,000 runners are once again expected to turn out.
Last weekend’s race saw world record-holder Wilson Kipsang secure a comfortable victory in 2:04:29, a time that brought with it a course record for London too. Mo Farah, in what was his marathon debut, finished in 8th place (2:08:21) and was unable to match Steve Jones’ British record. In the women’s competition, Edna Kiplagat narrowly bested namesake Florence to take top spot, with track legend Tirunesh Dibaba in third.
The hype surrounding the 2014 race will again ensure applications far outweigh available places. Any runners who had to withdraw from this year’s race due to injury or illness are being advised to contact organisers about deferred entry, more information is available here.