Virgin Money London Marathon 2022

VMLM Club Ballot Information

VMLM EA Club place – currently the Club will not be allocated a place for the marathon in 2022

Athletics clubs associated with England Athletics (UKA) can apply for club entries into the Virgin Money London Marathon. The number of entries allocated to each club, is based upon the number of “first” claim England Athletics members we have registered. It is likely (although not guaranteed) that we will get 1 single place based upon our number of EA affiliated members.

Should things change and we be allocated a place in the 2022 marathon the following criteria will apply:

To qualify for a club place*  you must have met the following criteria at the time of the London Marathon 2021 public ballot (club ballot place will be drawn at end of December 2021):

  • Been a fully paid up EA member of the Pershore Plum Plodders for at least 1 full membership year. (Annual membership runs from 1st April – 31st March)
  • Be a fully renewed paid up member of both Pershore Plum Plodders Running Club and England Athletics by midnight on 31st May 2021 (14 months of continual EA/PPP membership)
  • Be an England Athletics first claim club for Pershore Plum Plodders (for those who run with more than one club)
  • Participate in the marathon of that year the place is valid for (do not enter the ballot just to defer the place)
  • Have not won the PPP ballot place in previous years
  • Have entered and been rejected from the VMLM public ballot (letter or email of proof of rejection required) for 2021 (this is to be emailed to
  • Are not eligible for a ‘Good For Age’ entry, which can be guaranteed directly with the VMLM organisers
  • Be an active participant in the club and contribute in some way to the running of the club (e.g. helping the committee, volunteering at our PPP 10k race, helping out with beginners, regularly attending sessions, supporting roles, race reports etc)

Members must also agree to the following in advance of winning a ballot place:

  • Pay the VMLM entry fee
  • Continue to be an active participant in the club, especially the longer Sunday runs throughout the period leading up to race day
  • Write a short news article once after the marathon race
  • Wear a Pershore Plum Plodders vest with pride on the London Marathon race day!!!

PERSHORE PLUM PLODDERS CLUB BALLOT ENTRY FOR VMLM 2020 was won by Helen Carlisle who will be running in the 2022 London Marathon.

You will receive an accepted or rejected magazine via the post or an e-zine email in 2021 to confirm whether you have been successful or not in the public ballot, so keep your letter and send it to 

Congratulations to our previous winners:

Helen Carlisle – 2022 (deferred from 2020 ballot)

Trevor Clark – 2021

Steve Potter – 2019

Ian Hannis – 2018

Joy Salt – 2017

Suzanne Price – 2016

*1 – Subject to the club being allocated a London Marathon ballot place based on EA club membership numbers