Vale Royal AC - Senior Section

Running and Athletics in the Heart of Cheshire.


Marathon Draw Rules

The club is assigned a small number of entries for the London Marathon.  (we got just 1 place for 2018 and 2019).  These places are allocated by means of a draw according to the following rules.

To be eligible for a club place, you must meet the following criteria.

1.      You must be over 18 years of age.

2.     You must have been a member for the current and previous membership year (full membership  - see notes below*)

3.       You have not had a club place for the previous 2 London marathons.

4.      You must be in possession of a rejection slip (or have other clear proof of rejection) from the marathon entry ballot process.



1. To be eligible for the 2020 Marathon draw, you must have been a fully paid up current member April 2019 to March 2020 and paid the full year subs for the prior year (April 2018 to March 2019).

2.  Please register to be entered into the draw via the email address or via the contact on the website.

3. The draw will be held prior to an evening training session at the club house by a club committee member or appointed nominee.

4. It is recommended, but not compulsory, that you attend the draw.

5.The draw will have a reserve allocated. 

6. You will have to prove your eligibility for the club place (according to the eligibility criteria above) within one week after the draw (eg. provide proof of rejection from the the London marathon entry process).   If eligibility is not confirmed, then the place will be offered to the reserve.

7. Membership records will be checked with the club secretary.

8. If there are special circumstances in relation to the eligibility criteria you can apply to the club committee for special dispensation ideally no later than one month before the draw.  The committee’s decision is final.

Draw for 2020 London Marathon

The winner was Lee Carrington. Reserve Jeanette Pope.

Draw for 2019 London Marathon

The winner of the draw was Liz Gale. Reserve Dave Haines.
Draw for 2018 London Marathon
Winner drawn on 28 Nov was DAVID (SPUD) MURPHY. Brian Dooley as reserve. Drawn by Shaun McGrath and Jo Edwards.

For the record...the winners of the 2018 draw was David (Spud) Murphy, 2017 draw were Anthony Atkonson and Sarah Walker. 2016 winners were Sarah Walker and Rick Murray (Carole Williams reserve). Due to injury Carole replaced Sarah Walker.