London Marathon Ballot
Members of the Datchet Dashers can secure a place in the Virgin Money London Marathon (VMLM) in many ways. Like all others, Dashers can gain a place through the official public ballot, by running for a charity or by securing a ‘good for age’ entry.
Each year the club is allocated a handful of VMLM entries by virtue of our affiliation England Athletics (EA) and our involvement in the Lucozade Drink Station at mile 23 of VMLM. Members of the Datchet Dashers who meet the criteria can gain access to these places. The criteria are set out below:
Criteria for entering the ballot for EA-affiliated and Lucozade Drink Station places:
Be member of the Datchet Dashers
You must have completed at least 4 club championship events during the latest training season (seasons run from Nov - Oct). This does not include the 'any marathon' option.
You must have volunteered in advance and helped at one of the club’s organised race events.
You must have tail-run at least once in the preceding year (for slower runners this is at the discretion of the Committee).
You must have entered the latest London Marathon ballot in the preceding year and not been successful.
You must not have won a place in last year's draw (unless there are less entrants than available places).
Specific additional criteria must also be fulfilled:
Each year the club is allocated 1 EA affiliated VMLM entry for every 100 EA affiliated club. Thus, any member wanting to enter the ballot for the EA-affiliated VMLM places MUST be an active EA-affiliated member of the club. Dashers with non-EA affiliated membership will not be considered for these places.
Lucozade Drink Station places
These places are kindly offered to us due to our support at the Lucozade Drink Station, so to be eligible for this ballot, you must have worked on the drink station during the last London Marathon.
An email and Facebook notice will go out to club members when the time to apply for places approaches. Please note, you will still need to pay for your entry - the ballot system only guarantees you a place.