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Good For Age entry

Good For Age applications for the 2023 TCS London Marathon

You can now apply for a GFA place in the 2023 TCS London Marathon on Sunday 23 April 2023.

The application process will close at 17:00 on Friday 7 October 2022 and proof of age and residency will be required. GFA entry is open to UK residents only.

Qualification details

The qualifying period for the 2023 TCS London Marathon began on 4 October 2021 and will end at 23:59 on 2 October 2022. To apply for a GFA place in the 2023 TCS London Marathon, you need to achieve the relevant qualifying time displayed below during the qualifying period.

Qualifying times must have been run at an in-person event that has a certified marathon course, or at the virtual 2022 TCS London Marathon. In-person race courses must have been certified by UKA, the Association for International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), or a national governing body for distance running for the country in which the race is held. Further information on qualifying through the virtual 2022 TCS London Marathon is available below.

 Age  Men  Women
 18-39 sub 3:00:00 sub 3:45:00
 40-44 sub 3:05:00 sub 3:50:00
 45-49 sub 3:10:00 sub 3:53:00
 50-54 sub 3:15:00 sub 4:00:00
 55-59 sub 3:20:00  sub 4:05:00
 60-64 sub 3:45:00 sub 4:30:00
 65-69 sub 4:00:00 sub 5:00:00
 70-74 sub 5:00:00 sub 6:00:00
 75-79 sub 5:15:00 sub 6:20:00
 80-84 sub 5:30:00 sub 6:40:00
 85+ sub 6:10:00   sub 7:10:00

Meeting the qualifying time for your age category does not guarantee entry into the event, but simply the opportunity to submit an application. The maximum number of GFA places is 6,000 (3,000 men and 3,000 women). Places will be allocated on a ‘fastest first’ basis comparative to your age and the qualifying time.

If you have a GFA qualifying time that is less than 10 minutes under the qualifying time for your age group, we advise you to still enter the 2023 TCS London Marathon ballot (the opening date will be announced by 2 October 2022) to increase your chances of gaining a place.

Using a qualifying time from the virtual 2022 event

You can also apply for a Good For Age place if you run the virtual 2022 TCS London Marathon on Sunday 2 October in the qualifying time in the table above.

However, if your only qualification time is from the virtual 2022 TCS London Marathon, you’ll also need to submit evidence of an ‘in-person’ half marathon time that meets the qualifying time displayed in the table below.

You must have run this time during the same qualifying period (from 4 October 2021 to 2 October 2022) at an event with a certified course.

Age Men Women
 18-39  sub 01:23:37 sub 01:44:23
 40-44  sub 01:26:00 sub 01:46:47
 45-49  sub 01:28:09 sub 01:48:13
 50-54  sub 01:30:32 sub 01:51:34
 55-59  sub 01:32:56 sub 01:53:42
 60-64  sub 01:44:23 sub 02:05:25
 65-69  sub 01:51:34 sub 02:19:16
 70-74  sub 02:19:16 sub 02:47:13
 75-79  sub 02:26:27 sub 02:56:33
 80+ sub 02:33:22 sub 03:05:52



Rolled-over entries from the cancelled 2020 London Marathon

If you had a GFA place in the cancelled 2020 London Marathon and did not use that place in the 2021 or 2022 event, you may apply to rollover your 2020 entry, at no extra cost, for a GFA place in the 2023 TCS London Marathon if you meet the 2023 qualifying criteria.

If you don’t meet the 2023 GFA qualifying criteria, your final option is a standard entry for the 2023 event at no extra cost. Details of how to apply for this free-of-charge guaranteed place will be displayed on this page no later than Friday 30 September 2022.

Good For Age applications for the 2022 TCS London Marathon

Applications for Good For Age (GFA) places in the 2022 TCS London Marathon closed on Monday 29 November 2021. All successful applicants have been contacted.


Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships

The 2022 TCS London Marathon will host the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Championships. All GFA participants over the age of 40 will automatically be included as Age Group World Championships competitors – meaning they’ll run alongside thousands of the world’s fastest age group athletes from 40 to 80+, who’ve competed in the Age Group World Rankings to qualify. These top ranked qualifiers will run in London with the aim of being crowned Age Group World Champion – a title that the GFA participants will also be able to compete for!

The 2022 TCS London Marathon weekend will feature a special programme of dedicated events and benefits for our qualifiers, including commemorative backpacks for all and invitations to pre- and post-race celebratory functions. If you’d like to receive these extra benefits, you’ll have the option to upgrade your GFA place by paying an additional fee – further details will be emailed to GFA qualifiers aged over 40 and will also appear on this page by the end of May.

Good For Age FAQs

  • No. Meeting the time for your age category does not guarantee entry into the event, but simply the opportunity to submit an application.
  • Qualifying times must be run at an event that has a certified marathon course. Race courses must be certified by UKA, the Association for International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), or a national governing body for distance running for the country in which the race is held.
  • The age you were when you ran your time.
  • No, the Good For Age entry process is only open to UK residents.
  • Yes, we advise you to enter the ballot if your qualifying time is within 10 minutes of the Good For Age qualifying time.
  • You will need to provide the following:

    • Proof of performance – a link to the results webpage that clearly displays the name, date and qualifying time of the event.
    • Proof of age – this can be a copy of either your passport, driving licence or birth certificate.
    • Proof of UK residence – this must be an official document proving your residence in the UK, such as a recent utility bill (within the last three months) or copy of your driving licence.

Championship entry

If you’re a member of a British Athletics-affiliated running club and have recently achieved a championship-qualifying performance for a marathon, you can apply for a championship place in the TCS London Marathon.