London marathon 2014

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19/04/2013 at 08:18
Hi I'm wanting to take part in the London marathon 2014 and don't know how, is there anyone who knows how???
19/04/2013 at 08:28

Ha ha, yes, there about a million people on here who know how 

The ballot for next year opens on 29th April and you'll find all the info here:

http://www.virginlondonmarathon.com/

You have around a 1 in 5 chance of getting in. Failing that you could go down the charity route where you'll get a place in return for raising a certain amount of money. (Usually quite a high amount).

Good luck.

Edited: 19/04/2013 at 08:31
Pudge    pirate
19/04/2013 at 08:30

There's a website for the marathon?  

Who knew!

19/04/2013 at 08:32

Naughty Pudge 

Pudge    pirate
19/04/2013 at 08:35

19/04/2013 at 08:35
The other route is a good for age (GFA) or championship place, the web site will give you the qualifying times for these
19/04/2013 at 08:53
Thank you very much guys. I thought it opened after 2012 but wasn't to sure.
I've been wanting to do it for years.
Anyone done it in the past?
Pudge    pirate
19/04/2013 at 08:58

Never been lucky enough to get through the ballot.

It remains on my bucket list though.

19/04/2013 at 09:05

Yes I have done it twice, 2007 and 2012.

And for some stupid reason, although I don't want to do it again I'm still tempted to enter the ballot on the 29th!

Pudge    pirate
19/04/2013 at 09:09

Do it Scream, then on the offchance that you're successful, you can 'transfer' the entry to me!!

Job's a good un!

19/04/2013 at 09:12

Should I go for it? I'll tell anyone foolish enough to start talking to me about running that I have no interest in running a marathon, especially now that I appreciate just how long and hard it is.

But.

It's the London Marathon.

And there's plenty of time to train for it.

And one day I won't be able to.

 

19/04/2013 at 09:14

Ha ha, if I got in I'd do it - I'm just that masochistic! 

Had toe trouble for nearly a year after the last two so I need to keep reminding myself that's why I shouldn't do it again.

Half marathons. Stick to half marathons....

Pudge    pirate
19/04/2013 at 09:15

I'm the same as you Nicky.

I am always saying how I prefer to run smaller scale marathons (the last one I did had about 200 runners), and London is a just a big parade etc, but secretly there's a part of me that does want to do it, just once!

Pudge    pirate
19/04/2013 at 09:16
Screamapillar wrote (see)

Ha ha, if I got in I'd do it - I'm just that masochistic! 

 

19/04/2013 at 09:17

Nicky, I shouldn't say this but while it is hard work and a long way, somehow it goes by in a flash, even for a slowbie like me.

19/04/2013 at 09:20

I've never run a marathon, I did a half and that was a long way and a hard task, my "appreciating" how long a marathon is is probably not a full appreciation - just more than I did before.

I'm not sure whether I want to be encouraged or discouraged to go for it! I think if I was sensible I'd definitely rule it out for 2014 but think about 2015.....

19/04/2013 at 09:25

Halves are a strange beast.  When you run one as marathon training, chances are you've already gone further. But you turn up on the day, do your race, are knackered at the end and wonder how you will ever manage to find the energy to double the distance.

It's your mind messing with you!

Edited: 19/04/2013 at 09:25
19/04/2013 at 17:03

No, don't enter ! That way I might stand a better chance in the ballot ! This will be my 5th attempt to get a place , so if there is a god then going by the stats quoted I should be due a place !

I haven't run a marathon yet and London so appeals to a tortoise like me, although I have booked brighton 2014 as a fall back as I am fed up with missing out on the ballot.

Good luck to all who enter (although I hope I have better luck !)

20/04/2013 at 17:34

Anyone know if the same GFA standards are in place for 2014? 

Also, stupid question, but if you have a GFA time, should you enter the ballot, or is that guaranteed?

I got in through the ballot a few years ago when they used to guarantee your place after 5 years. Haven't gotten in since, and have finally qualified so definitely want to run! 

20/04/2013 at 17:45

The website will tell you how to enter for a GFA - it is guaranteed but you still have to apply and provide proof. Don't know the exact details as I am ot GFA but all the info will be there - or someone will be along soon who is GFA and can tell you exactly what the procedure is.  

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