The ballot for the 2014 Virgin London Marathon had to be closed just 12 hours after it opened after race organisers were swamped by entries for next year's race.
The ballot opened just after midnight on Monday 29 April and had to be closed by 11:30am with the number if hopeful entrants thought to be well in excess of the ballot quota of 30,000.
"We're sorry but the online ballot for the 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon is now closed." A statement on the London marathon website said. "If you've already entered the ballot, we'll let you know in early October whether you've been successful."
The 2013 London Marathon was a hugely inspirational occasion with enormous crowds as defiant runners generating an incredible atmosphere in the wake of the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon just six days earlier.
The only other ways to guarantee a place in next year's race is via a charity or by qualifying with a 'good for age' race time.