There have been lots of comments in previous threads about how are FLM places allocated, and what are the chances of getting in?
The following sheds some light. I found it in a charmingly entitled article 'Morbidity and Mortality in the London Marathon' (no, honest) by Dr Dan Tunstall Pedoe, published in 'Marathon Medicine - symposium at the Royal Society of Medicine 13-15 April 2000'.
The breakdown for 2000 places was: Elite entries, athletic club places, and certain other organisations (eg Police) - 3,000 places.
Charity Golden Bond places - 12,000 entries
The open lottery - 14,000 places (from 65,000 applicants)
Foreign entries, travel tour operators entries etc - the rest.
I assume bequeathed places fit into the 14,000 lottery places. How 'ill and injured' places carried over fit in isn't clear. Also, since 2000, the 'good for age' standard has been relaxed to allow more people automatic entry.
On the other hand, I know people who put in more than one application through the ballot. It doesn't discuss whether there is any selection based on predicted time, club membership etc.