I'll be applying for the second time, tomorrow.
Just a thought, but as so many people come away disappointed, might it be an idea for the organisers to put some kind of a ban on successful runners applying the year after they've run? I.e. if you've run the 2012 mara you can't apply for the 2013 but can apply for the 2014?
I think everyone who wants to run the London mara should get a chance to at some point... there must be thousands of people who have a string of unsuccessful entries and never actually get to take part.
It used to be that if you had five unsuccessful applications in a row, you got a guaranteed place. They've stopped that now though.
It would be impossible for the organisers to prevent those who had run one year doing so the following year. People would simply use their Mum's address, change their date of birth, etc.
There's nothing in it for them anyway, except extra work - and I think they like the hype around how hard it is to get a place.
Does anyone know what time the ballot opens tomorrow?
Jenjen84 wrote (see)
I'll be applying for the second time, tomorrow. Just a thought, but as so many people come away disappointed, might it be an idea for the organisers to put some kind of a ban on successful runners applying the year after they've run? I.e. if you've run the 2012 mara you can't apply for the 2013 but can apply for the 2014?
I've been saying that for years. It would free up thousands of places every year and give everbody an increased chance - if you desperately wanted to run in consecutive years you could get a Golden Bond place.
Now they have a computerised system in operatrion it would be simple enough to keep track of who ran and when.
Just came on to say its open but you already know that of course!
Surrey Runner. I think you might be right but I dont know if there is a separate route in to claim GFA since I am SFA (Slow For Age). I'd check theVLM web site pretty quick so if you do go through the ballet route you dont miss out if it is as popular as usual.
Good Luck to all applying
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