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For how much longer are the London Marathon organiser going to get away with their shambollick entry system? You apply year after year in the faint glimmer of hope that you'll get a place and year after year you get the inevitable "missed out" letter. They say that if you have applied 5 years in a row then you are guaranteed a place in the 6th year, they dont make that clear anywhere though, and if you miss a year its back to the bottom of the pile. You generously say, keep my entry fee if I'm unsuccessful, and they send you a "free" top that is always the wrong size.
They should come clean, how many of the total runners places actually go to the ballot.I would hazard a guess at less than 10%.
Its not a runners race, its a shameless way of making money. It great that charities benefit from it, how much of the money paid into entrying it actually goes to charity is anyone's guess.
It was a race that was started by runners, which has become an event that has forgotten its running roots.