London Marathon hopefuls were kept on hold when a ‘problem’ left them unsure if they had a chance of securing a voting spot at the 2023 event.
More than 410,000 people who registered to vote have been invited to receive an email with the result on Monday, October 24.
Some were able to access their result but, on Monday afternoon, the London Marathon tweeted that it was trying to fix “an issue” which meant some contestants were unable to see their result when they clicked on the link.
“We are aware of an issue which means some of you are currently unable to access your election results. We are working on a fix and will update you as soon as possible,” the tweet said.
“At this time, please wait until we provide an update before attempting to click on your results. Apologies, TCSLM”
Global IT company TCS (Tata Consultancy Services), which was previously the event’s technology partner, has become the title partner of the London Marathon for the 2022 race, upon the end of its partnership with Virgin Money.
The London Marathon will take place on April 23 next year as the event returns to its traditional spring slot after being held in the autumn for the past three years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Voting places are assigned randomly and the majority of those who applied will have been either disappointed or relieved to receive a rejection.
Those who still want to win a London Marathon medal can apply for a charity spot or take part in the virtual event which was launched in 2020 when only elite athletes competed in central London due to coronavirus .
Virtual participants can complete 26.2 miles on a course of their choice, anywhere in the world, within 24 hours of Sunday, April 23, and graduates receive the same New Balance medal and t-shirt as mass event participants.
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity is the TCS London Marathon Charity of the Year for 2023. Chef and keen runner Gordon Ramsay leads his team of fundraisers.
His daughter Tilly, who appeared on Strictly Come Dancing last year, will be among the association runners on April 23.
“I’m nervous but so excited to be taking part in the 2023 TCS London Marathon and I can’t think of a better cause to support. Plus, it’s the perfect reason to run my dad through the kitchen, because I’ll really need to load up on carbs for those long training runs,” she said.
“Jokes aside, I know my dad will be the first person there to support me and cheer on all the GOSH runners as we take on the TCS London Marathon. I can not wait !”
Gordon Ramsay said he had visited GOSH with his wife Tana on several occasions, adding: “He holds a very special place in the hearts of the Ramsay family.
“We have met incredible children and their families who receive world-class care – and we are proud to support their incredible work through our own foundation.
“I know how much the money raised will make a difference. And, as a proud London Marathon finisher, I know participating is the experience of a lifetime!
“I can’t wait to cheer Tilly on, I’m so proud of her for taking on this huge challenge and hope to support the whole GOSH team along the way to feel fully motivated and raise lots of money for help this truly amazing organization.”
GOSH Charity Chief Executive Louise Parkes urged anyone with a polling station to consider running for the cause: “Join our team, and together we can make a transformational difference for children with cancer. and their families, during the most difficult period of their lives. ”
Successful applicants will be able to create their own bespoke fundraising page through Enthuse, the official fundraising partner of London Marathon Events.
The 2022 TCS London Marathon saw 40,643 finishers in the mass event in central London and another 8,518 in the virtual event.