London marathon 2025 club places

So that everyone is aware of the system and there is no confusion regarding the FRR club TCS London Marathon 2025 places, the system and current position is below:


If you’ve been rejected but would still like a chance to run, either 2025 or in a future London Marathon, we need your rejection notification.

The Rules

We expect to receive 2 places this year, but this will be confirmed once the places have been allocated to us.

  • To qualify for an entry in the club lottery, you must have a current rejection slip (email or letter) from the TCS London Marathon 2025, be a first claim Felixstowe Road Runner and have entered the London Marathon ballot stating Felixstowe Road Runners as your club, rather than unattached or any other running club.
  • From 2024 onwards, you must also have represented Felixstowe Road Runners in at least 4 recognised races in the 12 months leading up to the club’s draw. Additionally you must have volunteered your time for the benefit of the club, whether as a race marshal, training session leader or other role as recognised by the committee. This applies to every pot, regardless of whether that pot will be drawn from.
  • If you have been in the last three or more consecutive draws for London club places and failed to get a place you will get entered into the first pot. One name will be drawn from this pot.
  • Any unsuccessful members from the first pot get entered into pot two, along with all members that have been unsuccessful in the previous two years club draws. If we are allocated 2 or more places, one name will be drawn from this combined pot.
  • Any member who was in pot four last year and rejected this year will be entered into pot three (2 consecutive rejections). No name will be drawn from this pot, but will act as a record of application such that next year they are eligible for pot two.
  • Any member who applies for a club place this time, but did not apply for a place in the previous round will get entered into pot four. No name will be drawn from this pot, but it will act as a record of application such that next year they are eligible for pot three.
  • Any member lucky enough to represent FRR as result of the club places are ineligible to re-enter the draw (or pot system) for 3 years.
  • All rejection slips (by-hand to a club official) and emails (by email to must be received at least 1 week before the draw takes place.
  • The draw will take place during a Tuesday Night club briefing after the club’s allocation of places has been confirmed; the date of which will be announced in due course (usually late November or early December).

Examples of volunteering that qualify: Marshalling at one of our races or social events, leading/coaching training sessions, performing a committee role, assisting with a beginners course. Other activities will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, but as a guideline we would expect approximately 3-4 hours and the activity being explicitly for the benefit of the club.

To summarise, each consecutive year that you submit a rejection you will be moved into a lower-numbered pot. We will draw one name from the first pot. If a second place is available, we will tip the remaining slips from the first pot into the second pot then draw one name from the combined slips there. Should we be allocated additional places, this process will repeat for pot three etc.

Previous FRR club place winners

YearFRR RepresentativesEligible to re-enter pot system
2012Richard Smith, Adrian Hine and Pauline BarrYes
2013Richard Farnworth, Nigel Dadge and Roger StoneYes
2014Lesley Cooper, Martin Fuller and Luke WhitwellYes
2015Daniel Gould, Caroline Stafford and Rachel CrispYes
2016Ann Rideout and Sally SolomonYes
2017Steven King and Kevin WhelanYes
2018Dan Clark (deferred) and Mark BanhamYes
2019Rachel Palmer (deferred) and Liz BeightonYes
2020Jonny Miles and Ali Ostler (deferred)Yes
2021Shaun Good (deferred) and David SeymourYes
2022 – No club places allocated –No
2023Paul Osborne and Richard AllportNo
2024Kev Whelan and Jo WhelanNo

If anybody wishes to discuss this with the committee you are welcome to, but please remember that the club places are a privilege for all members, it is not a right for any particular member to be drawn in any year. I hope the whole club can get behind any members drawn to represent the club. No member has any more right to a club place than any other.

If you do obtain a place this way, you are expected to wear club colours. This also makes it easier for supporters to identify you.

Places are not transferable. You may defer, for one year only as per London Marathon organisers terms, but need to pay the entry fee for both years in this case.

Current Pots for the London Marathon 2025 Draw

The names here are eligible for the respective pots. I will indicate where rejection slips have been received with a tick (✔) People who have confirmed that they won’t be in the draw are crossed out.

Pot one – 4 or more consecutive ballot rejections : (1/x + 1/(x-1+y)=zz.z% chance)

Chris Boyt✔ 6
Danielle Wright0
David Brewster✔ 7
David Church✔ 6
Jackie Allport✔ 15
Jackie Collins✔ 8
Jenny Church✔ 4
Joanna Blyth✔ 17
John D Driver1
Justin Ostler✔ 14
Kerry Buckley✔ 23
Kirsty Marsh✔ 5
Nicola Stevenson✔ 9
Sarah Banham✔ 5
Tom Aykroyd✔ 5

Pot two – 3 consecutive ballot rejections : (1/(x-1+y)=z.z% chance)

Andy Ellis3
Claire Butcher✔ 13
Daniela Elstone✔ 4
Glen Mures0
Will White1

Pot three – 2 consecutive ballot rejections  :

Dan Clark1
Neil Winton3
Kate Sudell✔ 4
Stuart Mason✔ 4

Pot four – 1st ballot rejection  :

Mark King1
David Seymour✔ 6
Anca Stadler3
Wendy Tunstall0
Andy Metcalfe0
Matt Makin✔ 11
Kayleigh Turpin✔ 14
Daisy Ward3
Richard Wold✔ 16

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