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?
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  • 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.  
  • rodeofliprodeoflip ✭✭✭

    Cheerful Dave - Boston 2017 was hard going and they had a much higher DNF rate than usual. I ran Boston in 3:24 despite walking for at least 2 miles (set off at 3 hour pace, but that didn't last long). Absolutely knackered at the end. Got on a plane home that night and could hardly walk on arrival back at Heathrow on the Tuesday. Still couldn't walk properly when I got to the London start line, and set off at hobbling pace with no expectations at all. Fatigue really set in for the last 6 miles, but still managed a surprisingly good 3:14.

    So yes, race the first one, get round the second one.

    Apparently the GFA entry results are out on Thursday. Good luck everyone!

  • Christine5Christine5 ✭✭✭
    anyone hear anything yet? 
  • Nothing here.
  • Nope.
    If you think you can or you think you can't you're probably right.
  • DT19DT19 ✭✭✭
    still nothing.....
  • senidMsenidM ✭✭✭
    nufffink yet
  • Christine5Christine5 ✭✭✭
    leaving it a bit late in the day huh?! 
  • DT19DT19 ✭✭✭
    yep, im just glad im not waiting with a small margin time. 
  • G-DawgG-Dawg ✭✭✭
    I hope I'm in. I've just smashed a huge pizza and chicken wings. Need to feel virtuous with another marathon entry to assist the calorie burn.
  • nicko1981nicko1981 ✭✭✭
    Rub it in DT - thinking that I might get squeezed out by you boys and your big margins

    G-Dawg - I fully intend to celebrate national burger day after track with the filthiest burger I can find, no matter the result!
  • StevieWhStevieWh ✭✭✭
    Its national burger day!!?? This should be better publicised

    No email yet for me either, I've got almost a 7min cushion so should be fine. Nicko you've got a couple of minutes haven't you? I think you'll get in
  • DT19DT19 ✭✭✭
    i hope they are ready for a ridiculous amount of phonecalls at vmlm head quarters.

    It's 11.35 here so lots of time for a burger!

    Nicko, I'd be surprised if sub 2.58 didnt get you in. Getting a bit older has its benefits!!
  • DT19DT19 ✭✭✭
    just had mine and in. 
  • nicko1981nicko1981 ✭✭✭
    NOT IN!

    Needed 2m40s and only had 2:15 margin

    Oh well 5 other majors to do anyway....
  • Gul DarrGul Darr ✭✭✭
    Unlucky there, nicko; very close.
    Very pleased to say I'm in! Only took 10 years :)
  • G-DawgG-Dawg ✭✭✭
    Also in. 3.01 scored for a 3.15 requirement was a nice buffer.
    Time for a burger.
  • nicko1981nicko1981 ✭✭✭
    Congrats to the GDs. I'll have the beers ready in Chandos


  • I'm in.

    Commiserations nicko - you're the first person I know of not to get in.
    If you think you can or you think you can't you're probably right.
  • G-DawgG-Dawg ✭✭✭
    Sorry you didn't get in, Nicko. Does that mean they've moved to a Boston style qualifying model? Bloomin' unlucky there.

    Mine's a pint of Peroni...
  • senidMsenidM ✭✭✭
    In, but with a 40minute buffer not too surprised (Old age has its advantages) just got to remember to actually enter. Will be my 20th London in 2020, might put that on the T
  • nicko1981nicko1981 ✭✭✭
    G-Dawg said:
    Sorry you didn't get in, Nicko. Does that mean they've moved to a Boston style qualifying model? Bloomin' unlucky there.

    Mine's a pint of Peroni...

    Yes I think it's Been Boston style for the last couple of years; though now actually tougher than Boston to qualify. Hopefully there's no big shift on the BQs for this year. Not too fussed TBH as done London enough times.

    Peroni eh? You're an expensive date!
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