The London Landmarks Half Marathon 2023 Ballot Opens On 7th July

Runners in the London Landmarks Half Marathon
(Image credit: London Landmarks Half Marathon)

The London Landmarks Half Marathon 2023 will take place on Sunday 2nd April and next year’s event is set to be the biggest ever, with the organisers increasing the number of runners to 16,000. Wheelchair users will also be able to take part in the race for the first time.

Despite the enlarged field the race will still be heavily oversubscribed, such is its popularity, and there’s a draw to allocated places. The ballot opens on Thursday 7th July and closes at noon on Thursday 14th July.

It’s free to enter the ballot – you pay £59 plus a £2.50 booking fee if you are awarded a place. If you are unsuccessful in the first drawing then you automatically enter a second-chance ballot that reallocates any unwanted places later.

You can also get a charity place in the race, with baby charity Tommy’s offering free spots in the LLHM 2023 if you pledge to raise £350.

Along with the bigger field, the 2023 event also features a new route which crams in even more London landmarks. Runners now swing through Chinatown in the first couple of miles of the race, and cross Westminster Bridge near the end, getting a great view of the London Eye in the process.

The Coach team has run all four editions of the LLHM that have been held so far (and I even picked up the win at the 2021 event, something I am contractually obliged to mention in all LLHM coverage), and can attest to the quality of the race. 

The route has a lot of twists and turns but is still fairly fast, and the support is excellent. There is always something to see on the course, whether that’s one of the many landmarks you pass or the live bands and charity cheer stations spread out along its route.

If you’re looking for a race to participate in this year, these are the best half marathons to run in 2022, or find out more about the LLHM with our London Landmarks Half Marathon guide.

Nick Harris-Fry
Senior writer

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.