The Virgin Money London Marathon Final Instructions magazines are mailed out to all runners (apart from overseas runners who are emailed a PDF of the Final Instructions). This magazine contains all the information runners need to have a trouble-free Race Day.

A condensed version of the essential Final Instructions – for both UK runners and overseas runners – will also be available to download on this page in the build-up to Race Day.

What happens next?

Ahead of Race Day, ALL Virgin Money London Marathon RUNNERS need to register at the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo to collect their running number, timing tag and kitbag. Your Final Instructions magazine explains this in full but see below for more details. Visit our Expo Info page for more details (including opening hours, who's exhibiting and how to get to the venue: ExCeL in east London).

Registering for the Virgin Money London Marathon Part 1 - The registration form

You will receive your registration form in the post at the end of March/beginning of April with your Virgin Money London Marathon Final Instructions magazine (overseas runners are sent their registration forms by email).

You need to bring your registration form with you to the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo along with your Photo identification (see details in Part 2) in order to collect your runner number, timing tag and kitbag (see below for more info).

Part 2 - The 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon Expo

All runners need to attend the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo prior to Race Day to register. More details on opening dates for the 2018 Expo will be available in due course.

What to do if you couldn’t attend the Expo

Although we encourage everyone to register for the Virgin Money London Marathon in person we know this isn’t always possible. Here’s what you needed to do if you couldn’t attend the event:

  • Nominate someone to attend the Expo and collect your runner number for you.
  • Your nominee needs to provide a letter written and signed by you, giving permission for them to collect your number. They also need to bring a copy of your identification.
  • Sign the declaration on your registration form. When your nominee gives the form to the Registration Clerk, they check your details.
  • Your nominee also needs to bring some identification (for example, their passport or driving license).

Overseas runners

There are special desks at the Expo for overseas runners to register – these are clearly marked.

The course

A map of the Virgin Money London Marathon course is available to download below.

Drinks Stations

Drinks Stations are situated as follows:

Buxton Natural Mineral Water

  • Every mile from miles 3 through to 25. Water is supplied in 250ml race bottles with a flip-top

Lucozade Sport

  • Available at miles 5, 10, 15, 19 and 23

Lucozade Sport Carbo Gel stations can be found on The Highway at miles 14 and 21.5.

Getting to the start

A map of the start and the three coloured Start Zones is available to download below.

You can find all the information you need to travel to the start on Race Day in your Final Instructions magazine, but you can get to your designated start area via the following transport options:

By train

The easiest way to get to the three start areas (Blue Start, Red Start and Green Start) is to travel by train.

  • Blue Start or Good For Age runners with running numbers 31351 to 34000 should travel to Blackheath station
  • Red Start runners should travel to either Greenwich station or Maze Hill station
  • Green Start runners should travel to Maze Hill station

Please note that there are NO TRAINS this year from London Bridge to Greenwich or Maze Hill. If you need to travel to Blackheath (for the Blue Start), you should travel from Charing Cross, Waterloo East or Victoria stations. For Greenwich and Maze Hill (or the Red and Green Starts), use Cannon Street only.

Travel on all of the above trains is free to competitors. You must present your running number to a member of staff at the station in order to take advantage of this offer.

To begin planning your journey by train before you receive your Final Instructions magazine, please visit SoutheasternNational Rail or Transport for London.

MBNA Thames Clippers

MBNA Thames Clippers River Bus services run from key central London piers. Book your tickets in advance at

By car

We DO NOT advise competitors to travel by car, but if there is no other alternative you should remember the following:

  • Roads in the area will close at 07:00, with local diversions in operation in the Greenwich, Charlton and Deptford areas
  • There is limited parking available in Blackheath
  • If you intend to leave your car at the start, you will need to retrieve it after the event once you have reached the finish in The Mall. There is NO parking in the vicinity of the finish.

Coach Pass

A coach pass will be available to download. To ensure smooth arrival for coaches at the start, please ask your coach driver to display the pass on their vehicle's dashboard.

Kitbags and baggage lorries

The PA systems at each start area will tell you when to put your kitbag onto the appropriate baggage vehicle in the start area.

You should hand your bag in at the lorry with the number range which corresponds to your running number. Staff on the lorries will only accept official Virgin Money London Marathon kitbags, so please ensure you have stuck your self-adhesive running number label to the kitbag where indicated.

You will then be able to retrieve your kitbag from the baggage lorries after you finish. Once you have deposited your kitbag on the lorry, you will not be able to retrieve your belongings until you arrive at the finish.

The finish

A map of the finish area is available to download below.

After you have collected your belongings, you should move away from the baggage lorry area as quickly as possible. Please leave the secure area via the designated exit point only.

There is a runner meet and greet area where you will be able to meet your friends and family at one of the meeting points on The Mall and in Horse Guards Roads and Horse Guards Parade. These meeting points will be marked with letters of the alphabet, so you can arrange to meet at your family initial or another pre-arranged letter.

Overseas runners have their own dedicated meet and greet area in The Mall, close to Admiralty Arch.