London marathon

Hi,

Does any one know, when they open entries for the London marathon, for 2013.

Felt very inspired watching it on Sunday.
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  • 30th April.
  • Other marathons are available
  • E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭
    ABBY Hughes 2 wrote (see)
     Felt very inspired watching it on Sunday.
    I can assure that at miles 19-23 I did not feel very inspiring image
  • kaffeegkaffeeg ✭✭✭

    Emmy - i match your mile 19-23 not very inspiring feeling and raise you to a 17 - 26 mile of not feeling very inspiring. BUT i DID feel inspiring from mile 1 - 8.  Shame the finish line wasn't in mile 8.75

  • Your chance in the ballot is now about 8%.
    So.....the 'other marathons' point becomes more pertinent.
  • E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭

    @Kaffeeg - I think you'd win.... I call your crap miles from 17-26 with a stomach cramp from mile 5 image But you're right- it's harder than you think!

    LB's right - the odds in the ballot are so small now - it's worth considering another marathon...

  • LIVERBIRD wrote (see)
    Your chance in the ballot is now about 8%. So.....the 'other marathons' point becomes more pertinent.


    How did you get the 8%?  I understood that there were circa 20,000 ballot places and 120,000 or so applicants.  Where did my maths go awry?

  • E mmyE mmy ✭✭✭
    I've heard the figure 8-10% being bounded about before on here or via the VLM communication.
  • Because 120,000 isnt the number trying to enter, that is the number that clear the first hurdle.
  • kaffeegkaffeeg ✭✭✭

    Emmy - hehe!  Ahhhh, with stomach cramp does raise the stakes.  I had a seized bottom mile 8 and had to pull my trousers down (HAD TO!) to have the st john's ambulance people massage me.  Perhaps we both win the jackpot?!image

    I think they only take 120,000 entries in the ballot don't they?  And more than that number try to get into the ballott?

    Anyway, good luck!

  • Ally Watson wrote (see)
    LIVERBIRD wrote (see)


    How did you get the 8%?  I understood that there were circa 20,000 ballot places and 120,000 or so applicants.  Where did my maths go awry?


    Thats how i understood it to be (although never really believed thats what actually happens)

    Anyway gotta be in it to win it image

  • Well, am gonna apply next year as got turned down this if I dont get in will do Loch Ness

    Just want the challenge of the distance. Done 10 Londons now and to be honest the last 2 miles along the embankment drive me mad with the noise !!

    Wont be to long before you will not be able to run it unless your doing it for a charity.

  • StrayceltStraycelt ✭✭✭
    Nah....charity places finite and they pay for them a good deal more than we do! I blieve there's 170,000 accepted, 50,000 places (All categories) offered and yet year in, year out 12,500 don't get to the start. Heard the same stats from mara organisers in  the US about no shows. London would be stuffed if everybody did turn up tho!
    3.30 Loch Ness sells out pretty fast and it has a small limited field although there are some charity places there too!
  • StrayceltStraycelt ✭✭✭

    From the pfficial site it's 125,000:

    The public ballot entry system for next year’s Virgin London Marathon will open to all applicants on Monday 30th April. The ballot entry system will close when we have received a total of 125,000 applications. Last year the ballot reached this maximum within 24 hours, so get your application in fast.

  • I done London two years ago, but cant remember what time the ballot opens on the 30th. Does anybody know?
  • Is it midnight sunday?
  • Id try even before it's meant to be live.
  • shush cougie!!! Don't tell everyone my plan....

  • officially its 9am -how clever when we are all at work -
  • runnin on MT wrote (see)
    officially its 9am -how clever when we are all at work -
    I dont think VLM need to make it 'convenient' for people to apply - I suspect they may be confident of getting their ballot filled anyway!
  • My daughter and I are going to give the ballot a go this year, even tho the odds are stacked against us - if you don't try, you definitely can't get in!
  • kamoshikakamoshika ✭✭✭
    Has anyone got an address for the ballot entry website, or is it just a case of trying to get the link from the VLM homepage tomorrow morning?
  • Ballot open online just now have enterted and already my number is over 10000 - dont know if that means hoe many have entered so far !!
  • Just enetered also and my number is103xxx so wouldnt be surprised if that was an indicator of entries so far !!

  • Believe it maybe Night Nurse - if do that over 10k enteries in under an hour
  • Just registered for my 5th consecutive rejection letter. LOL. I love giving people paperwork.
  • Had to get it done tonight while at work as nothing keeps me from my bed after a night shift and the ballot will probabaly be close by the time I get up late tomorrow afternoon..

    If all else fails I shall go for a club place,,but have to have  rejection first.

  • Stephen RStephen R ✭✭✭

    Just entered and it went very smoothly.  My number is in the 107xxx range.  I suspect they started at 100,000 so that's around 8000 in an hour and a half.

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