Record-setting 500,000 runners apply for next year’s London Marathon

A total of 578,374 people applied for a slot for the 2024 TCS London Marathon (Picture: PA)

More than half a million have applied for a chance to run the London Marathon next year.

The total of 578,374 runners who got their bids in before the deadline on April 28 have broken the world record of entries for that distance.

The figure smashed the previous world record of 457,861 which was set in 2019 by the ballot for places for the 2020 London Marathon.

Event director Hugh Brasher said: ‘This incredible new world record reflects the extraordinary inspirational effect of the TCS London Marathon on April 23.

‘We saw a record number of more than 48,600 finishers on marathon day and more than 8,200 children took part in the mass TCS Mini London Marathon the day before.

‘We work to inspire activity in people of all ages and abilities and these record-breaking numbers show how the TCS London Marathon weekend does that.

‘The unique camaraderie and togetherness that participants feel when they take part in the London Marathon continues to have an extraordinary impact on the desire for people to take part.

Runners cross Tower Bridge during this year’s marathon on April 23 (Picture: PA)

Every year thousands get dressed up for the event (Picture: PA)

‘It is an event that inspires people to take up running and to raise millions for charity.’

The majority of entries were from the UK (457,105) while 121,269 who applied were non-UK residents.

Of the runners who live in the country, 52.9% were men and 46.4% women.

Those who are lucky enough to get a place in the ballot do not need to raise money for charity but many often choose to support a good cause.

The charity of the year for the event on April 21, 2024 is Samaritans, the UK and Ireland’s largest suicide prevention charity.

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Some 49,675 runners registered for the race in 2023, up from the previous record of 43,199 in 2019, and organisers said numbers have been expanded in an attempt to reach a cap of 50,000.

The entry fee for the 2024 marathon has risen from £49.99 to £69.99 which organisers said was due to the rising costs of running the event but remains significantly lower than the domestic entry fees of other major international marathons.

The ballot for 2024 TCS London Marathon was operated for the first time by London-based Let’s Do This as part of a new five-year partnership.

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