The infamous and iconic race has about 1 place for every 100 desperate hopefuls making it utterly futile in applying for.
By 3am the website had crashed leaving hundreds stranded in cyber space wondering if their applications had gone through or not.
Because of the event’s elevated status it attracts all sorts – from the seasoned runner to the exercise-shy. Carol Sims from Croyden said “I wear leggings a lot and I ran for the bus once, but it’s the London Marathon innit! I’m sure with all the training I plan to do I’d be fine. Fingers crossed I get in!”
Dan Jones, who has run several marathons and ultra marathons has tried for the last 10 years without success. “I applied again this year in another desperate attempt. I’m sure I could hear the website evily cackling as I pressed submit.”
His Holiness Pope Francis has applied and already submitted his annual leave form to the Vatican. He will find someone to cover mass on Sunday 22 April 2018 “by hook or by crook”.
There are several conspiracy theories as to how successful applicants get in, including alphabetical preference, time of day you go online or how fast you type.
Statistician Brian Green says “it may well be a postcode lottery. If you live in East Anglia the odds are even worse, as in ‘Norfolk-ing chance’. ”
If you feel inspired, head to http://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/how-to-enter/ballot-entry/ and hope for the best.