London Marathon 2014 GFA

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22/04/2013 at 13:07

Does anyone know when they announce the GFA times for VLM 2014? I'm female and ran 3:29 yesterday. This would get me in as GFA on this year's times but do they change these every year? Will they announce any new times before the ballot on the 29th April?

22/04/2013 at 13:29

3:50??? But I can do that?! I've never even thought about a good for age route. Is it a definite if you can get in under 3:50?

22/04/2013 at 13:38

It is a guarantee. CHeck out the timse on site as they vary a bit for age and a lot for male/female.

22/04/2013 at 13:41

That's why I never thought about it - I'd seen the male times but now I see the female times and I'm over the moon!!

23/04/2013 at 08:28
Keep refreshing the website to see if they change it to 2014 entry deadlines, want to get my GFA entry in
25/04/2013 at 19:43

Hi all,

Does anyone have any idea if GFA times are likely to change for 2014?

I'm 31 and ran 3:09 in Berlin last year, so if they moved the 18-49 bracket at all I would be in trouble.



25/04/2013 at 20:33
I rang them today mate, because the times have been taken off, i rang them and the woman I spoke to said "They are currently under review," to which I asked "does this mean theynare likely to be made more difficult" to which she replied "we can't confirm the times but yes, basically"

I'm racing on Sunday and don't know if my previous target Sub3.10 will be good enough!
26/04/2013 at 08:06

OT:  Did she say that you should enter the ballot and then enter via GFA if you do meet the qualifying standard?  it appears they are not going to publish the qualifying times until well after the ballot closes.  I thought I would be OK for next year but not so sure now, ran a disappointing 3.33.56 on Sunday due to a problem I have had for the last few weeks, last year ran a 3.25.23.  I guess it also depends on how long your times are good for?  Hmmmm!


26/04/2013 at 10:26

Hi, I just found this on VLM website (Marathon Centre - Enter the Race - Good for Age entries - 'click here' :

If you've already run a full marathon in a particularly fast time, you might qualify for an automatic 'good for age' entry into the 2014 Virgin London Marathon.

How do I apply?

Please refer back to the website at the end of May for details for qualifying times and details on how to apply. If you have any questions, please call us on 0207 902 0200.

Looks like it's a case of entering the ballot and then seeing what the end of May brings.

26/04/2013 at 17:39

Yep thats what I thought until I called them up to see if I squeeze some info out of them as to how much the margins are going to change by.  Apparently when the ballot goes live on monday, the GFA times will be published at the same time, which makes far more sense.  Will wait to see if that actually happens.  From previous applications you usually have until July to get a GFA application in.


26/04/2013 at 17:49

I'm not convinced (from my vlm helpline experiences in the past) that the people who answer the phones are actually the people who know stuff. So on an optimistic note the woman Oliver spoke to thinking the times would be made more difficult might just be her speculating like the rest of us.

28/04/2013 at 16:25

I got a name and emailed them. The lady said join the ballot, get your VLM reference number then ring them up regarding the GFA or '5 strikes and your in' Flora/Virgin reject system. This seems to make sense? I hope they don't change the times too much. I'm getting faster but am only just scraping in at 3hrs 48min. But then I do have the option of 5 strikes and I'm in this year but I can't enter both ways according to the lady at Virgin... This is ridiculous, seriously why is it so damn hard! 

28/04/2013 at 20:44

I didn't think the 5 stikes system existed any more?


28/04/2013 at 20:51

There are no five strikes and you're in any more it stopped a couple of years ago

28/04/2013 at 22:35

Literatin: I agree she didn't sound like she was particularly in the know, also gave conflicting info to what someone else has been told, she seemed to think the times are being reviewed this week and should be posted up by the end of the week!

Laudy: I didn't ask about the ballot, because I had my heart set on qualifying, so I'm not sure!


Fortunately as I was made aware they might be changing I upped my target and ran a 2.53 today, which I'm hoping will be good enough.. But massively feel for anyone who finished at London last week thinking they'd done enough, if they do change the goalposts! I think it's very wrong to give literally no notice!

29/04/2013 at 06:49

2014 GFA times are here:

I'm not sure what they all were previously but the women's 18-40 has been reduced by 5 minutes.


29/04/2013 at 07:19

Men's 18-40 has changed to 3:05.

Before I started training for my qualifying marathon in October last year, I telephoned VLM and asked if times for 2014 would be the same as 2013 and was told they would be. So I started training to run sub-3:10.

On the day I sillily tried to run sub-3 - which very nearly broke me- and I came in at 3:01:32. I'm now glad I went for it. If I'd run to my plan and come in around 3:07, I wouldn't be a happy bunny right now.


Edited: 29/04/2013 at 07:27
29/04/2013 at 08:11

Ran 3.08 at Brighton.

F* it

29/04/2013 at 08:27

Another one that rang to ask GFA times for 2014 after i Ran 3:06 at blackpool marathon. Took it easy in last few miles and enjoyed it when I realised sub 3 wasnt anywhere near on. Disappointed but glad I checked early this morning. F-ing ballot again

29/04/2013 at 08:42

Me too! Phoned them one week ago and they practically promised me GFA times wouldn't change. So much for my 3.09...

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