125,000 apply in under 12 hours for 2014 London Marathon place

12:05 30 April 2013

Over 35,000 runners competed in this year

Over 35,000 runners competed in this year's London Marathon. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

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Well over 100,000 people threw their hats into the ring for next year’s London Marathon when the ballot opened yesterday - but late risers will have missed out.

The public ballot for the 2014 London Marathon closed at 11.30am on Monday morning after 125,000 applied to run the capital’s famous course.

About 35,000 competed in this year’s event altogether, so many of the ballot registrants, who find out in October whether they have got a place, will be disappointed.

London Marathon organisers described the number of applications as unprecedented.

Last year just 100,000 were expected to register for the ballot and it took 17 hours for the ballot to close.

The Virgin London Marathon account tweeted yesterday morning: “The 2014 ballot closed after 11.5 hrs when it reached 125k target registrants – a new record! It’s great to see so many of you wanting to run!”

But it is not too late to apply for a chance to run the gruelling 26.2-mile course, as many charities still have places.

Race director Hugh Brasher said the record-breaking ballot had come as a surprise.

“After the success of our race on Sunday 21st April, we expected a high demand, but even we were surprised by such a fantastic reaction to the opening of the entry ballot,” he said.

“As we run a ballot and don’t allocate spaces on a first come first served basis, all applicants will be on an equal footing.”

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