London Marathon Club Places

Every year, the London Marathon allocates guaranteed places for members of Serpentine RC. We choose to pass these on to members who have played an active part in making this such a great club. The qualification criteria and application procedure for club places are set out below.

Applications in Autumn 2016 for Places in 2017 London Marathon

1. Membership and Marathon Entry Criteria

You must be a fully paid up first claim club member.

2. Race Participation and Volunteering Criteria

Qualification is based on a points system as follows:

  1. 1 point for each handicap raced (max. 4 points).
  2. 1 point for each club championship race, only 1 of which may be multi-sport, the remainder must be road running (max. 4 points).
  3. 1 point for each league meeting, (T&F, Summer, Assembly, or cross country leagues) (max. 10 points).
  4. 1 point for helping at a Serpentine organised race (min. 4 points, max. 20 points).

If you have 22 points at this stage you qualify for the ballot.

You must volunteer in at least 4 events, and if you race in less than 18 qualifying events, you can make up the difference by additional volunteering, up to a maximum of 20 points.

3. Wild-cards and Bonuses

You can also earn bonus points by being awarded a wild-card which is worth 5 points. There is a maximum of four wild-cards per person.

A wild-card is awarded to a volunteer who has:

  1. Captained a team at a road relay, or a cross country or T&F team for the majority of a season.
  2. Coached for the majority of the year or qualified as a coach and then coached at least three times.
  3. Helped to organise a non-competition event for the club.
  4. Managed a key operation of the club; i.e. webmaster, kit-master, etc.

Please check with the Honorary Secretary if you are unsure whether you qualify for a wild-card.

4. Priority

Priority for applicants shall be:

  1. 22 points or more – no club place last year.
  2. 22 points or more – awarded club place last year.
  3. Under 22 points.

If those in group (1) exceed the number of places available a ballot will take place. Similarly a ballot will take place as required among those from group (2). Group (3) will be ranked and further ballots held if deemed necessary. The Honorary Secretary shall be in charge of this process.

Runners are representing the club and must run in club colours. You must advise the Honorary Secretary if you are unable to run so that a substitution can be arranged. Changes are possible up until mid-February. The reserve list will be ranked according to the same priorities above. In some circumstances the Honorary Secretary may allow entry to be deferred till next year.

Finally, all applications must be made on the application form, and sent to the Honorary Secretary by the closing date (to be notified by email each year).

Applications in Autumn 2017 for Places in 2018 London Marathon

1. Membership and Marathon Entry Criteria

You must be a fully paid up first claim club member.

2. Volunteering Points (up to 20 points available)

Contributions over the previous 2 years count for these major volunteering activities

  • Active volunteer club coach coaching Serpentine members in a group, recognised as a club coach by committee
    • at least 30 sessions/year (10 points/year), or
    • at least 10 sessions/year (5 points/year).
  • Event organisation, e.g. Welsh Castles, NYD 10K, Handicap team (5 points for each event, max 10 points over 2 years).
  • Leadership of club non-coached sessions, e.g. Saturday Hampstead Hills; Richmond Sunday runs; Cycle leadership for at least 10 sessions per year (5 points/year).
  • Team Captain for a season (5 points/year).
  • Committee Member for a year (5 points/year).

Contributions over the last 1 year (1 point each contribution)

  • Helping at a Serpentine organised race (note: a member of an organising team may also gain points for helping at the events where they are on the team).
  • Adhoc volunteer coaching, recognised as a club coach by committee - per session (up to 5 points).
  • Kit room rota; bag-minding (up to 5 points).
  • Other contributions e.g. driving minibus at relay event, officiating at T&F meeting, helping at cross country (1 point per contribution. Up to 5 points; please specify event/s and contribution/s made).

If you are unsure whether or how your contribution qualifies, please contact the Honorary Secretary.

3. Club Representation and Running Participation (up to 10 points available)

Races from the last 1 year count.

  • Each handicap raced (max. 4 points).
  • Each club championship race, only 1 of which may be multi-sport, the remainder must be road running (max. 4 points).
  • Each league meeting, (T&F, Summer, Assembly, or cross country leagues) (max. 4 points).

For all qualifying races you are expected to have worn club kit.

4. Priority

Priority for applicants shall be:

  1. 22 points or more – no club place in the last 2 years.
  2. 18-21 points – no club place in the last 2 years.
  3. 18-22 points and club place 2 years ago.
  4. 18-22 points and club place 1 year ago.
  5. Under 18 points.

If those in group (1) exceed the number of places available a ballot will take place. Similarly a ballot will take place as required among those from group (2). Group (3) will be ranked and further ballots held if deemed necessary. The Honorary Secretary shall be in charge of this process.

Runners are representing the club and must run in club colours. You must advise the Honorary Secretary if you are unable to run so that a substitution can be arranged. Changes are possible up until mid-February. The reserve list will be ranked according to the same priorities above. In some circumstances the Honorary Secretary may allow entry to be deferred till next year.

Finally, all applications must be made on the application form, and sent to the Honorary Secretary by the closing date (to be notified by email each year).