I've just discovered that the Good for Age applications process is changing for the VMLM 2019 onwards.
According to a recent blog post (link below), it would appear that the London Marathon GfA process is switching to a system similar to Boston Qualification, whereby the times published represent the maximum time required to apply
, however no longer guarantees entry.
There will be a maximum of 6000 GfA places (3000 males and 3000 females) and if the number of people achieving the times required to apply
exceeds that then those times will be reduced to cull the applicants until they're down to the fastest 3000.
I think it's fair to assume that the times are set so that at least 3000 applications will be filed, so you can only assume that you'll have to run significantly under
these times to be confident of a spot, as per the Boston Qualification process.
As a 18-39 male, it's more than a bit disheartening to have seen the GfA time cut from 3:10 to effectively a 2:58 (or lower?!) in the space of 5 years.
I posted a similar thread in Spring Marathons
, specifically regarding M18-39, but thought it might be beneficial to repost here for everyone who might be attempting to run a GfA time soon, as it may affect your race plans. https://www.virginmoneylondonmarathon.com/en-gb/news-media/latest-news/item/gender-parity-in-new-good-for-age-qualification-process-for-the-london-marathon/