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I'm an indecent runner then Cougs..... But you knew that already!
Sad to say - I have missed out again too - I am 61 this year and running out of time!! last yearI ran in the Edinburgh marathon instead - just filled in the form, paid the money - it was easy!!! My son's girlfriend has a place and doesn't even run yet!!! I think i will call it a day now - londonmarathon has had enough Money from me!!
I applied for the ballot for the first time last year and got it. It was well ace.
I missed the GFA by 18 seconds so applied for the ballot again. Didn't get in.
I don't have a problem with it being a random ballot. I cant see what system would work better
Jenny..........It doesnt cost a penny to apply.....you only pay if you get in......so why have they had enough money from you
Maybe she bequeathed seren? But there again you don't have to.
I must admit I did like the 5 years rejected rule but hey ho.
the problem is now ... they have too many applying to make the 5 years rule work.it would have to be 25 years rejected and in .....
I think I'm working towards that one
i'm working on a GFA but the way i struggled to hit 12 min miling yesterday...it might take a few years
as more GFA places have been taken up this year they have reduced the number of places they give to running clubs as the assumption most GFA runners are affiliated to a club
Very unimpressed reading about the reduction in club places. My club has worked really hard to double it's membership over the past year from 50 to 100 and whilst the main reason is that we obviously want as many members as possible getting active and representing the club, thinking that getting to 100 would mean an extra VLM place was a big incentive.
It seems some of the regular club runners (i.e. not super speedy ones) are being even further penalised by VLM.
Slightly off-topic, but isn't it a bit odd how charity running has come to dominate amateur running?
If a cause is good enough to donate to, why will people only donate to it if I run 26 miles dressed as a badger? Why not donate anyway? Seems irrational to me.
You wouldn't get the manager of your Sunday football side saying you are in the team if you raise £100 for the Battersea Dogs Home.
Rob Badger wrote (see) You wouldn't get the manager of your Sunday football side saying you are in the team if you raise £100 for the Battersea Dogs Home.
I had a rant about it all in 2013 when after 4 years I was still rejected, then found out from somewhere thats is not even a random entry, but is selected to keep an even spread of finishers, as well as keeping a spread of TV friendly runners.
I was told at the time that you could always do a different marathon, and one nob even suggested that I could save myself the entry and just run down the road for 26.2 miles, but many people especially experienced runners seem to forget the fact that the London Marathon is for many people the only Marathon - its the only marathon we all see on the TV year after year, the only Marathon that you can watch people running over Tower Bridge and think - I could do that.
The end result was in 2013 I 'purchased' a place for £1800, ok they called it fundraising, but I found the fundraising harder than the actual training. I plodded my way around, finished, and can now say I ran the London Marathon.
2 years later, I tried, and failed to get a place via the ballot again, but I'm now not that bothered, I've done it once, now I have other challenges, with an Ultra booked in September 2016.
I just found out a non-running acquaintance of mine has got a place on his first attempt. He's going to start training now. Honestly, he needs to lose some weight and get fit so good for him, but it is a little galling for all the seasoned runners who have been trying year after year.
I'm doing Manchester instead, incidentally, which is fine as I have friends up there. But I'd like to do my home marathon at least once. As an only child of deceased parents working in a small school and with a small circle of friends, the fundraising option would likely mean I'd have to pay most of it myself. Which I can't do on my meagre salary.
Join a club, Cal!
I think having an aim to get 50:50 participation doesn't necessarily mean they rig the ballot (or all the women would get in), it's more about increasing participation by women by encouraging them to do long-distance running. And the GFA times are a bit easier. It's still something like 70:30 though.
Anyway, I still think it's an excellent race, not just a carnival procession, and that's why loads of people still want to get in (and complain about it when they don't).