London Marathon 2023 ballot: When does it open and close? Date for next year's event

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If you've been inspired by friends and family, or the thousands of runners lucky enough to be training and running this year's London Marathon, and are now considering entering the ballot for next year's event, then you've come to the right place.

Whether it's raising money for charity, getting yourself fit or simply ticking running a 26.2 mile course off your bucket list, the London Marathon is among the most memorable sporting events of the UK calendar.

While entering the ballot is very simple, being successful is very tricky, with the event growing in popularity each year.

Around 17,000 spaces are up for grabs via the ballot and in 2020, over 457,000 people applied via that route, which shows just how hard it is to get a place on the start line.

Don't let that put you off, though, as this could be your lucky year. Here's everything you need to know about entering the ballot for the 2023 race.

When does the London Marathon 2023 ballot open?

The ballot for next year's London Marathon will open on Saturday, October 1, 2022 — one day before this year's race.

Thousands will enter the annual ballot hoping to be one of the lucky ones chosen at random in the draw to lace up their running shoes for next year's event.

It's free to enter the ballot but successful applicants will have to pay £49.99 to confirm their official place if they get lucky in the draw.

Applicants will be able to apply on the official London Marathon website once the ballot opens.

When does the London Marathon 2023 ballot close?

No official details have been confirmed about when the ballot closes just yet. 

However, going off previous years, the ballot usually stays open for around a week, meaning it may close on Friday, October 7.

If you aren't successful in the ballot, you can still apply for charity places with many of those already open and set to close at the end of October.

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When is the London Marathon 2023?

The date for the 2023 edition of the London Marathon has been confirmed for Sunday, April 23, 2023.

"For 39 years, the London Marathon has been a spring event and we will return to our traditional slot in the calendar in 2023, when the TCS London Marathon will take place on Sunday, April 23," said Hugh Brasher, Event Director of London Marathon Events.

Why is the 2022 London Marathon in October?

This will be the third successive year that the London Marathon will be held in October rather than its traditional April date.

In short, the reason why it was not held in April this year is due to the fact that, when they were making that decision, there was still plenty of uncertainty around coronavirus and its restrictions. 

By delaying it until October, there was more time to allow a greater chance things would be back to "normal".

Brasher added: "We believe that by moving the 2022 event to October we give ourselves the best chances of welcoming the world to the streets of London, enabling tens of millions to be raised for good causes and giving people the certainty that their hard work and training will allow them to experience the amazing crowds cheering them every step of the way from Greenwich to Westminster."

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