More than 840,000 applications for 2025 London Marathon breaks world record

The number of applications to run in next year’s TCS London Marathon has broken the world record.

Event organisers said more than 840,000 people had applied for the event, smashing the previous record of 578,000 set by the ballot for last year’s London Marathon.

In total there were 672,631 UK applications for 2025, with 50.33% from men, 49.03% from women and 0.64% from non-binary applicants.

A total of 167,687 non-UK residents applied in the international ballot.

More than 53,000 people finished the 26.2-mile course through the capital this year, with 44 Guinness World Records broken and £67 million raised for charities so far.

Hugh Brasher, event director for the TCS London Marathon, said: “This is an absolutely phenomenal total. Furthermore, the increase in applications from women, up from around 43% last year to 49% this year, is exceptional and takes us close to parity for applications from men and women for the first time.

“Marathon Day is always an extraordinary and inspirational day when we celebrate the very best of humanity.

“The unique camaraderie of the event and the amazing support from the huge crowds show London at its best and this year, in a world beset by many challenges, it felt like those magical days of London 2012 when joy and love were everywhere.”

The 2025 TCS London Marathon will take place on April 27.