70% increase in applications for central London half marathon

Organisers of the London Landmarks Half Marathon have announced that 74,143 people have registered for the 2020 event ballot, a 70% increase on last year’s numbers. 

Ahead of the third edition of the award-winning event, which takes place on Sunday 29 March 2020, the interest in running the London Landmarks Half Marathon has rocketed. Keen runners and fundraisers are eager to be part of this unique event, which combines a scenic central London half marathon route with cultural and historic experiences as well as a buzzing atmosphere.

The 74,143 people who have entered the LLHM ballot will know whether they have been successful today, Thursday 27th June. They then have until midday on Thursday 4th July to accept their places.

For the first time LLHM have introduced a second chance ballot, meaning any unwanted first chance ballot places can be reallocated. Those who were unsuccessful in the first ballot will be automatically entered into the second chance ballot. These results will be announced on Friday 5th July, with those successful in the second ballot having until midday on Thursday 11th July to accept their places.

14,000 people will get the chance to be part of LLLHM after the event capacity rose for the second year in a row. In addition to those successful in the public ballot, there will also be those running for one of the event’s 208 charity partners, including Tommy’s the organisers of the event. A full list of LLHM charity partners and information on how to take up a charity place can be found on www.llhm.co.uk/charity-places

Lia Fyles, London Landmarks Half Marathon Race Director, said:“We are totally blown away by the number of people entering the ballot and the appetite to take part in LLHM 2020.

“We have worked hard to deliver a unique event where our participants feel special and part of something exciting. As well as being able to run an exceptional route taking in all the big London landmarks, we know our participants loved the entertainment, the atmosphere and all the extra special touches we offered and will continue to offer.

“For those people who are not successful in the first ballot, they will get a second chance this year, and we would like to remind people that there is also the chance to run LLHM for charity by taking up a charity place with one of our 208 charity partners.”

LLHM 2019, which was organised by baby charity Tommy’s for the benefit of the whole charity sector, raised over £7.2 million for good causes, making the total sum raised for charity since the inaugural event two years ago £12.2m million.

The London Landmarks Half Marathon showcases some of London’s most iconic and amazing landmarks such as Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye. It also unearths and promotes the hidden highlights of the city, with an emphasis on historical and cultural landmarks and facts. The event attracts thousands of spectators who enjoy the live music, dancers, cheer stations and historical figures who line the route.

The only way to get a place in this iconic race now is through a charity. A full list of LLHM charity partners can be found here: www.llhm.co.uk/charity-places