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so if I go into my 'upcoming section I have two events-1. 2019 ballot.2. 2019 good for age.If I then click on the entries tab for item 1 it says this entry has been withdrawn. If I do the same on item 2 it tells me to contact the organiser to withdraw.Not sure that is of any help in what is a great annual guessing game.
so if I go into my 'upcoming section I have two events-
1. 2019 ballot.
2. 2019 good for age.
If I then click on the entries tab for item 1 it says this entry has been withdrawn. If I do the same on item 2 it tells me to contact the organiser to withdraw.
Not sure that is of any help in what is a great annual guessing game.
Hi, CC- Yes that was my understanding.
The other reason the new GFA rules wont have so much of an impact this year is that people in the other major marathons such as Brighton and Manchester were chasing different targets, so if in Manchester you were 42 you were chasing 3.15. You head out to do your best, fatigue creeps in and if your B goal is just to secure a GFA and you are on for 3.10 ish with a few miles to go, why batter yourself! Next year when people know the targets more will dig in.
Additionally, the qualifying dates have changed which means that an Autumn marathon will only be of use once. If I run a gfa in 2 weeks I can now only use that for London 2020 and not 2021 in addition.
Just reading about Boston reducing it's qualifying times. London reduced its to be consistent with other majors but the times are far tougher than Boston, Chicago or New York.
Portlanders - London is a great first marathon - the sights and atmosphere are unique and the support from the crowd is phenomenal. It has its downsides - it's very busy and it's difficult to get into, but you're already in an as a first marathon it would be hard to beat the sense of occasion. Don't worry about being a late starter, you will love it. I did London as my first marathon seven years ago, didn't know what to expect. Ended up crying with emotion at the finish line and with the sense of achievement of being able to call myself a marathon runner, and haven't missed a London marathon since. My story is probably pretty common - at the very least, you'll remember the day for the rest of your life, more probably it will change your life a little.
I don't mean to sound so evangelical, just wanted to reassure you that it's worth every minute of hard work in training - when your pushing yourself on long runs through the wind and the rain over winter, visualise turning right at 12.5 miles and seeing the crowds waiting for you down either side of Tower Bridge.
Yes I agree, London was my first in 2014 and other than 2015 I have run every year since and will be in 2019 and 2020 all being well. The turn at 12.5 miles and running over Tower Bridge is a 5 minute period where I like to take my racing hat off and appreciate how amazing it is.
For me it all starts walking into the expo where the classic London marathon music is playing, something I grew up loving.