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You contradict yoursef. Its not a true ballot if people are picked depending on what they put on the forms. If it was a true ballot then the possibilty of all finishers being between 4.00 and 4.30 would be a possibility
So in fact the ballot is a ballot in time frames ie its decided up front that there will be an even flow of runners so theres mini ballots within the time scales ie a ballot for all those putting 3.30 to 4 another for those putting 4.30 to 5
But of course I can understand why its done this way
Actually you also need to factor in the number of places allotted to the overseas runner ballot, and the places given to the tour companies in each participating country. I've run London 6 times - only once through the ballot. Once I was a substitute runner for the Flora team when they were the sponsors, one of their runners got injured and my brother who knew her offered me to take her place. The other times, as I live in Germany, I booked with a tour company on a package deal of flights, hotel, guaranteed entry and bus to the start.
I have got in!
And based on that, I think that the ballot is fair and just.
Probably not the greatest British marathon. I p[referred the Brighton Marathon for its finish, great welcome.
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I heard that all the black visually impaired lesbian asylum seekers got guaranteed entry via the ballot.
That's wonderful. It could get better.
If they can add Irish descent Jewish with a speech impediment to that list it'll get them a frontline job at the BBC.
And a guaranteed televised (well paid ) run (plus interview by colleagues) as well.