The London Marathon

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Entry through the online ballot usually opens straight after the preceding race. The ballot is drawn in late November and applicants are notified in the first week or so of December. See how to enter for more details.Eric Vamben in 2009

As the London Marathon approaches, we arrange long training runs (usually on Sunday mornings) and take part in races as part of our training programmes. Shortly before the big day, we organise our Last Half of the London Marathon long run, so that you get used to the course, particularly those challenging last miles. If you want any help or advice, please get in touch with our coaches, and we will do our best to help.

Training for the London Marathon

Every runner is different, and there is no right or wrong way to train. Ideally, if you are thinking of running a marathon for the first time, you should get some advice which is specific to you.

If you are new to running, check out our Beginners' Guide to Running. This contains all the information you need to get you started. Included in the Beginners' Guide is a guide to designing your own marathon training schedule. There's also lots of useful information from the various Serpentine Marathon Training Seminars and a summary of the advice given by Bud Baldaro to Serpies in September 2008.

You can also see some helpful marathon tips and a marathon packing list here.