London marathon 2013

Any possible way of getting a place but can't raise £2000

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19/10/2012 at 21:53
Need a place desperately for London marathon 2013! Been trying to get into London for 6 years and still nothing!!! Possibly last chance as getting older and body in bits! Need a place and willing to pay! PLEASE HELP!
19/10/2012 at 21:55
You could run really fast before January and get a Championship place.
19/10/2012 at 23:09
I've heard a rumour that there are other marathons.
20/10/2012 at 07:41
Unfortunately not that fast! Would need to shave about 45 minutes of my time! Never going to happen! Intermanaut: really! Get some friends then you may not have time to make silly comments!
20/10/2012 at 08:54
Craig I don't understand why if you've been trying for six years you haven't had a guaranteed entry?

I don't see how you can legitimately run the race now, if you join a club you may get a club place
20/10/2012 at 09:10

why London?

20/10/2012 at 09:11
Craig, what sort of answers were you looking to get? You have left it a bit late to get an entry for next yr.
20/10/2012 at 09:12



Not all charities are asking for £2000.Have a look around

Especially some of the lesser known ones,good luck

20/10/2012 at 09:50
I was looking to get useful answers, for example susiebe1? I was told that as i have applied 6 times before i would get a place this was not the case? The reason I want to do London is because it is just something I wanted to do? Is that so bad!? I don't understand why everyone is so angry, if you have nothing useful to say just don't comment?

Thanks for the helpful replies! , will look at charity entries and see if I can get anything slightly more achievable!
20/10/2012 at 09:51
Also just looked into local running clubs another good option, will follow this up! Thanks!
20/10/2012 at 10:10

if you are not already a member of a club you are unlikely to get a club place - for example, my running club has rules that govern who is eligible for places, and one of the rules is that you must have been a member of the club for at least a year.

have you applied 6 times in a row for London? I know the rules have changed about automatic entry after applying 5 times, but to be honest I am not sure what those rules are - you could contact the organisers to verify that if you feel you should have had automatic entry.

If you look around at all the charities you may find one that doesn't require you to raise an enormous amount. I don't think I would be capable of raising £2K - it is a massive amount

However, London is not the mecca of marathons - Paris is fairly easy to get into. You are being a bit sensitive about the replies!

20/10/2012 at 10:36
Sorry if my answers were not useful but I was just trying my best.
From your original question I understood it that you didn't want to raise loads of money for a charity so I offered what I believed to be a route to entry.

There are loads of us on here that have been in your situation and have had to "make do" with another marathon while we keep trying for London. In 2009 I decided to sign up for Paris instead and really enjoyed it. I now do loads of local events now too which , for various reasons, are very enjoyable too.
20/10/2012 at 10:42

Have a look at the CRUNCH website  It has a list of charities that still require runners - some asking a pledge of around £1250?

Nearer the time you often find charities who still need runners and often drop their pledge requirements (also means less time to raise money though)

I too really want to do London but havent had any luck and am not ever going to get a good for age. Prior to getting my expected rejection letter I entered Brighton (mainly so that my training had focus) and I am actually really excited about doing it but thats becasue for me its being able to achieve the distance rather than doing "London".

My friend wants to do London and has already started raising money/saving for sponsorship for 2014!! She knows that she cant raise £2000 in 6 months and has her heart set on it. I guess you may have to consider this if its London that your hearts desire - but in the meantime book a different Spring marathon to keep up the training and you never know a place might come up - Alot of charities have reserve lists?

Sorry to waffle..Good Luck!


20/10/2012 at 10:50
Thanks for the last two posts! Really useful! Will have a look now and maybe risk it and wait until nearer the time? Like you said having a focus maybe useful so might look at other events around the same time just in case!

Thanks again!
20/10/2012 at 10:50

Craig.. people aren't angry with you.  The forum gets lots of messages like this every year and TBH it gets a bit wearisome!   In fairness their are thousands of rejectees every year.  They would all like a place as well.  You can't expect to come on here and have someone wave a magic wand to get you a place, you are no more a special case than all the others who have missed out.  A charity is the only way now.  Intermanaut's remark that there are other marathons may seem flippant but it is very good advice.  Berlin, Barcelona, Paris & Dublin marathon's are all just as enjoyable as London - and easier to get in to!


20/10/2012 at 12:31

But you dont get on telly....

Rafiki    pirate
20/10/2012 at 12:50

Brighton's on Channel 4 next year Mrs D! I'm having my hair done specially

20/10/2012 at 13:08
I have my hello mum sign ready for Brighton too
20/10/2012 at 13:37
Still places available for next years Paris marathon...
20/10/2012 at 16:06


Last year I ran for a charity called VICTA (Visually Impaired Children Taking Action) as I too was desperate to run the London Marathon (I had run it the previous year through a club).  This is a wonderful charity, fairly small compared to many, and only asking for £1,250.  This is actually a very small sum to raise once you start getting the word out and about to every single person you know!!

VICTA also offered plenty of support with weekly e-mails and cheering points on-route.  All of their communication was electronic to save them money (which I liked) and I felt like the people in the office really knew me and were behind me.

Go on to their website and see what you think, do not dismiss the charity route, especially if you are running out of time. 

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