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RESULTS of the Club Ballot of Guaranteed Places for 2020

Guaranteed Places

1. John Henry (Reserve for Bernadette Kalmar)
2. Ashley Faria
3. Joanna Neville
4. James Nicholls
5. Edward Barnard
6. Jonathan Wooldridge (Reserve for Manjit Singh)
7. Peter Hatley
8. Ged Browne
9. Jay Sangha
10. Suzanne Taylor
11. Neil Gage

Alice Barrett is running London for Guide Dogs for the Blind.


I have always wanted to run the London Marathon but never believed I would be able to. Just over a year ago I started running to lose weight for my brother's wedding. At the time I couldn't run for more than 5 minutes without stopping. I persevered and a year later I have run 2 half marathons.
The Guide Dogs For the Blind is a charity very close to my heart. I have looked after 5 guide dogs whilst they have been in training and how they help those that need it is amazing.. Working so closely with the trainers and dogs I can see how valuable all contributions are. One gentleman I met hadn't been able to go to a coffee shop by himself until the age of 40. He was given his first dog, the dog gave him the companionship and guidance he needed.
I am aiming to raise £2000 for this huge personal challenge. Every sponsorship will not only support the puppies but will also provide the encouragement for the training ahead.

London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020 - Club Rules/Criteria for Guaranteed Places

Virgin Money London Marathon Sunday 26th April 2020
- Club Ballot for places will be held on Wednesday 13th November 2019.

Virgin Money London Marathon will be sending out their ACCEPTANCE or REJECTION packs in October 2019.

The ballot of the Club places for the Virgin Money London Marathon 2020 will take place on Wednesday 13th November 2019 at 6.50pm prior to the regular Club run.

ELR Ballot rules -

1. Open to Members where East London Runners is their First Claim Club.
The date of First Claim will be when a new member joins the club and can be freely registered by us with England Athletics (EA). Where a new member is already registered with EA with another Club or organisation then the date of First Claim will be the date when EA confirms to us that they have transferred their registration to ELR.

2. Fully paid up First Claim member by 1st April 2018 and paid/renewed their Membership for 2019/20 on or before 30th June 2019.

3. Applied in the public ballot and was rejected by VMLM for 2020.

4. Can provide proof to the Club of being rejected by VMLM 2020. Proof by
way of rejection slip/letter or e.mail from VMLM 2020. Rejection letters can be handed to Mike, James Nichols or Jonathan at the Club. Please forward your rejection e.mail to info@eastlondonrunners.org.uk. Note a rejection magazine or copy of same is insufficient proof.

5. Members who have been successful and have not passed the place back to the Club through injury or other reason or who have subsequently received a place as a Reserve in the previous year Club Ballot will not be eligible for entry in the following yearly ballot.

In the unlikely situation where not all places are taken up by other eligible Club Members any spare places could then be balloted among the previous year successful members if they meet all the other rules/criteria. This rule is to apply to those successful in the ballot for LM2019 which took place in November 2018 and for future London Marathons.

6. Member to advise Mike Wilson, James Nichols,or Jonathan Wooldridge that they wish to be in the ballot and provide proof of rejection on or before 23:59 on Tuesday 12th November 2019.

7. Members who qualify for Good for Age and Championship places in the London Marathon are ineligible for our Ballot as they must apply under these categories.

8. The draw will take place on Wednesday 13th November 2019 at 6.50pm prior to the normal Club run.

Monday 7th Octber 2019 - Public Ballot Results issued this week

Public Ballot results for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon will start to drop during the week commencing Monday 7 October...Good luck to all our members.

For those who are unsuccessful, the club ballot for the much sought after guaranteed entry to the London Marathon 2020 is taking place on 13 November at 6.50pm prior to the club run. Club members who are eligible should submit their proof of rejected entry to Mike, James or Jonathan before 23:59 Tuesday 12th of November 2019. Club members can check their eligibility by checking the criteria on the club's website.