How can you enter the 2023 London Marathon? Are you counting down the days until the London Marathon ballot opens on Saturday 1st October? The world's most famous marathon The London Marathon is one of the most famous marathons in the world, offering a winning combination of a quick course and thousands and thousands of spectators. Every year, a new record number apply with over 457,000 people applying for the 2020 ballot, an increase of 25,860 almost 8%. The London Marathon Ballot in 2023 opens on Saturday 1st October That means just 3.71% are lucky enough to grab a place via the ballot with only 17,000 spaces up for grabs. The ballot for 2023 will open on Saturday 1st October. The ballot is free to enter, whether you live in the UK or abroad, but if you're lucky enough to secure a place entry is £49.99 for UK participants and £125 (including a £26 carbon offset levy) for international participants. Register your interest in a charity place in case you miss out But fear not, if you are unsuccessful you can always grab a charity space at the London Marathon with Single Homeless Project. Every pound you raise will help Londoners experiencing homelessness get the support they deserve. Your fundraising will help Londoners experiencing homelessness get the support they deserve and a place to call home. Like Blaise. We gave him the home and stability he needed, supporting him into work. But most importantly, we helped him to start believing in himself again, reconnecting with his mum and rebuilding his life.