London marathon GFA entry

London GFA entry submitted for another year. Not much of a margin less than the qualification time, is 8 months enough time for me to identify myself as a woman and gain another 45 minutes' margin?


  • Do you know the stats for last year? How many applied and were successful and what margin if any was required?
  • As far as I'm aware no one who applied for GFA last year didn't get a place.
    If you think you can or you think you can't you're probably right.
  • DT19DT19 ✭✭✭

    This year may well be different. Last year the new times were announced a week before vmlm, meaning London was the only real opportunity to achieve them and that turned out to be very hot where even champ level runners didn't manage gfa times.

    You can normally get a pretty good idea by looking on runbritain rankings and seeing how many runners in the rankings have times between 2.45 and 3hrs within the qualifying window then going to v40 and see how many runners have a 3-3.05 time, then maybe add 750 on for the other cats or continue the exercise further down.

  • rodeofliprodeoflip ✭✭✭
    I'm planning to do Boston next year, so there's a part of me which is hoping that my 4-minute margin isn't enough to get me into London. I did them both in 2017 and really struggled to get round London, 6 days in between marathons isn't really recommended!
  • DT19DT19 ✭✭✭
    i would think 4 mins is enough. The numbers of runners with sub 3 times drops off significantly as each minute below 3 hours comes. 
  • nicko1981nicko1981 ✭✭✭
    Hoping my 2m15 margin will squeeze me in; similar position to Rodeoflip as I am planning to do Boston - assume I can defer London; but the 2 marathons in a week challenge could be "interesting".
  • DT19DT19 ✭✭✭
    I think you'd need to blast the first 1 then somehow hobble through the 2nd.
  • G-DawgG-Dawg ✭✭✭
    I also did Boston 2017 and after a very hot run, deferred the VLM place. Glad I did. Trying another marathon just 6 days later would have been horrific! Kudos to rodeoflip for taking it on!!

    Correct approach there I reckon, DT.
  • Conversely, after a 'difficult' warm run at Boston that year I ended up going quicker at London.  I spoke to a few others afterwards who had done something similar.  But then conditions at London were very good that year.  
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