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London Marathon Ballot Criteria

Eligibility criteria to enter the Watford Joggers Club Ballot

A ballot will be held each year to distribute club places for the forthcoming London Marathon event.  This will normally be held in December.  To be eligible to enter the ballot an individual must:

  • Have been a paid up member of the club for a minimum period of 12 months prior to the ballot taking place.

  • Have paid their subscription for the current membership year before 31st March.

  • Have paid English Athletics membership.

  • Have participated in staffing the previous year’s marathon water station.

  • Have lead one Wednesday evening Jog/Walk Group.

  • Have entered the public ballot for marathon places and been rejected.


Ballot Procedure

Round 1

Eligible members who have volunteered for at least two of the following events, within the previous year: Vitality 10,000 (V10k) water station; Watford Half marathon (WHM) marshalling; Watford Autumn 10k (WA10k) marshalling or other volunteering effort.

Round 2

Eligible members who have volunteered for at least one of the following events, within the previous year: V10k or WHM or WA10k.

Round 3

Remaining eligible members.

Round 4

Other (initially non eligible) members.


If places are exhausted in earlier rounds, the ballot will not proceed to the next stage.

Committee Jurisdiction

In addition to the normal ballot entry criteria, and on an exceptional basis, the Watford Joggers committee may consider allowing the entry of a member to the earlier ballot rounds, where that member was not able to complete the previous year’s London Marathon water station duty for genuine reason.

Any such exception is likely to be made only where the member in question can illustrate significant supporting activity over a prolonged period such as marshalling, organisation of club events, group leading etc.

Any such ‘promotion’ of a member in the ballot will not be above Round 2 and will be limited to a maximum of 2 people per year.

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