2023 TCS London Marathon - April 23, 2023
with Dream Travel!
No need to qualify - we have guaranteed entries!
Sunday, April 23rd, 2023 / London, EnglandDream Travel is very proud to say that we are now selling entry packages into the 2023 TCS London Marathon – previously known as the Virgin Money London Marathon – which is the world’s most popular marathon!
Almost a half a million runners try the London ballot each year, plus another few hundred thousand try and get in through a tour operator. Dream Travel and the Running Room have guaranteed entries, but they are extremely limited and are expected to sell out very quickly!
- Step 1 – Meet requirements (see “Who May Run” below)
- Step 2 – Determine which package best suits your needs
- Step 3 – Make a deposit with the Running Room website
- (Click here to make your deposit)
- Step 4 – Receive follow up information from Dream Travel
- Step 5 – Make your final payment
- Step 6 – Get training! You’re running the 2023 TCS London Marathon!
WHO MAY RUN?
- Anyone holding a Canadian passport AND/OR living in Canada full time with proof AND/OR be living in a country that has no official tour operators selling London Marathon entries.
- Runners who are 18 or older on race day
- An initial deposit of $200 must be placed on the Running Room website. DEPOSIT NOW
- A second deposit of £500 (British Pounds) must be sent within one week of placing your Running Room deposit.
- A total of 50% of your package amount must be paid in British Pounds by August 1st, 2022.
The remaining amount of your package, also payable in Pounds, is due no later than October 1, 2022.
WHY ARE PRICES IN POUNDS
As both the hotels and TCS London Marathon charge in Pounds, we collect in Pounds to avoid having to guess at exchange rates. This will save you money!
- All Runner packages include the following:
- Guaranteed entry into the 2023 London Marathon
- 3-night hotel stay*
- Bus from the Holiday Inn to the race start**
- A Meet and Greet with light snacks and beverages***
- All taxes and fees
Packages do not include airfare, meals, insurance, or items of a personal nature.
*3 nights is the minimum but you may stay longer
**Runners staying at the DoubleTree will be escorted by foot to the bus
***Dependant on Covid restrictions at the time
1 Runner Sharing - This is for single runners who are requesting that we try and find them a same sex roommate. Note that this is not a guarantee, but typically we're able to match up most people.
2 Runners Sharing - This is for two runners who are traveling together and want to share one room.
1 Runner, 1 Non-Runner - This is for a single traveler wanting their own private room, or, two partners or friends traveling together but only one of them is running.
There are two hotels available, however, I highly recommend the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury. Not only is it less expensive with better reviews, but the race day bus will depart from this hotel as well.
- Holiday Inn Bloomsbury
- DoubleTree West End
Due to our contracts with these two hotels, we are not permitted to use another property.
LENGTH OF STAY
Packages include a 3-night stay (Friday/Saturday/Sunday nights), however, you may add additional nights as it is HIGHLY recommended that you arrive by Thursday latest (jetlag, getting to the Running Show [Race Expo]).
As London hotels are smaller on average, rooms come with either one double bed or two singles and therefore a maximum of 2 adults per room.
NOTE: single beds are only suitable for one adult. Double beds are slightly smaller than a North American queen bed, so keep this in mind when requesting how many beds you want.
Pricing is in British Pounds (£)
As neither the TCS London Marathon nor the hotels accept late payments from Dream Travel under any circumstances, we need to ensure that we receive all payments from runners on time. If someone do not pay on time, we have to pay for you else London will cancel your entry. That said, the following late fee schedule is in place:
- £50 fee for payments received between 1 and 7 days late
- £100 fee for payments received between 8 and 15 days late
If your payment is not received within 16 days of the due date, you will lose your entry package and the cancellation fee will apply.
Flights are not included in the packages, but if you're wanting us to add flights to your package, let us know.
RACE EXPO/RUNNING SHOW
The race expo, known in London as the Running Show, requires that all runners go in person to collect their own bib. No exceptions will be made, so you must arrive in London no later than Friday to be safe. Arriving earlier, however, is highly recommended due to jet lag and possible flight delays.
You may only cancel without insurance if we can resell your entry (odds are good). Registration closes at the end of December or early January, so cancellations are not permitted after that. The fee to cancel will be as follows:
- £150 prior to November 30, 2022
- £250 between December 1, 2022 and December 30, 2022
- Full package amount after December 31, 2022 (or when registration closes)
Due to the nature of things, travel insurance is highly recommended. We offer various insurance policies with a Cancel For Any Reason clause that will pay you up to 80% if you decide to cancel (Covid, illness, change of heart, etc) but 100% if you cancel for a medical reason. For full details on coverage, please click here: Travel best bets insurance.
Due to Canadian law, we cannot explain insurance packages and therefore you must read/understand the insurance policy yourself or call the insurance provider.
NOTE: To purchase an insurance policy with the Cancel For Any Reason clause, you must purchase the insurance policy within 72 hours of paying your deposit.
NOTE: If the site says it's "experiencing technical difficulties", use a different browser.
If the race is canceled or postponed due to Covid or any other reason, the TCS London Marathon reserves the right to assist runners with deferring, canceling with refund or not assisting as they have a 'no refunds' policy. However, in both 2020 and 2021 London offered runners both options. This is not a guarantee that they will do the same in the future, so again, travel insurance is highly recommended.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
May I pay in USD or CAD?
As our payments to London must be in Pounds, we can not accept USD or CAD in most cases. However, you can always write to us and explain your situation and perhaps we can help.
May I purchase entry only?
We are not permitted to sell entry only and packages must include both entry and hotel at a minimum.
How much is the cost of the entry?
By contract with the TCS London Marathon, we are not permitted to indicate the cost of the entry. However, it is multiple times that of the cost of the entry for those winning the ballot, getting in through the Wanda Age Category or any other method directly through London.
When do most people arrive in London?
Most arrive no later than Thursday, but some a few days earlier yet.
If the Race Day bus departs from the Holiday Inn and I’m staying at the DoubleTree, how do I get there?
It’s a 5-minute walk between hotels, therefore anyone staying at the DoubleTree will need to walk to the Holiday Inn. Dream Travel will set a time to depart and will escort the group between hotels.
DEPOSIT NOW via the Running Room Website:
- If you have any questions about the 2023 TCS London Marathon or our packages, please contact Stephen at Dream Travel:
- Phone: (877) 601 7275