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Good For Age entry

Good For Age applications for the 2023 TCS London Marathon

Applications for Good For Age (GFA) entries in the 2023 TCS London Marathon closed at 17:00 on Friday 7 October and we responded to all applicants by the end of Friday 14 October.

Please note that we were unable to accept all GFA applications for the 2023 TCS London Marathon, as we received more applications than the number of places available.

When we receive more applications than places available, we must reduce the qualifying times to ensure we meet the GFA field capacity of 6,000 runners (3,000 men and 3,000 women – see below). This year all women were accepted, as less than 3,000 applied. However, we had to reduce the male qualification times by three and a half minutes across all age categories.

If you missed out on a GFA place in the 2023 TCS London Marathon, we encourage you to continue your pursuit of securing a GFA entry in future – having met the provisional qualifying time, your dedication to running is clear!

Qualification details

The qualifying period for the 2023 TCS London Marathon began on 4 October 2021 and ended at 23:59 on 2 October 2022. To have applied for a GFA place in the 2023 TCS London Marathon, you must have achieved 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 within the relevant 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 Wednesday 30 November 2022.

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.
  • Good For Age places are awarded based on qualifying times achieved within the designated qualifying period and cannot be deferred. The only exception is if you are pregnant or postpartum – please see our deferred entry page for more information, including how to withdraw.
A participant crosses Tower Bridge at the TCS London Marathon

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.