Ballot Entry London Marathon has to CHANGE

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29/09/2011 at 11:37

This morning I recieved a poor excuse of an rejection letter telling me that the last 9 months of my traing for next years 2012 London marathon has been for nothing.

I signed up for the London Marathon on the first day that people could enter, along with many others only to then learn of the ballot entry. I didnt really understand this methode then and I dont understand why this f ucked up system has to be used. After all is the winner of the London Marathon decided by ballot or by who is first past the finish. This country also rejected the AV voting system.

I will not enter the London Marathon ever again, nor will I have anything to do with the london marathon until this bullshit entry system is changed!

What I do want to suggest is that those who do get to run the marathon, put their running numbers in a hat so we can draw the winner of the 2012 London Marathon on the same basis that they allow competitors to run.

TinTin

29/09/2011 at 11:44
It's a shame you didn't put your name in the hat when Dave Bedford decided to step down as Director of the race. I think you have some original ideas.
M...eldy    pirate
29/09/2011 at 11:45
Have you been training on the moon?


You cannot complain that you didnt get in if you didnt understand the method?  There are oodles of marathons out there that you can do so that your training wont go to waste

London marathon really do not need your entry, that is why it is over subscribed by many many thousands of people and that is why it is ballotted and that is why many many people complain year after year

Go and find another cheaper) marathon and enjoy your training
29/09/2011 at 11:46
I'm sure you could find another marathon to run in April 2012.
29/09/2011 at 11:51

It isn't a great system, I think most people would agree on that but other than that I'm sorry but you should have done your research.

There is a wealth of information on  the VLM website and, indeed, on these forums about how the ballot system works - it's hardly rocket science either so I don't know how you claim not to understand it.

And you haven't  "wasted" 9 months of  training, there are other marathons you can run.  You might have "wasted" money by bequeathng your entry fee but you don't have to pay up front - or did this escape you too?

Perhaps you would care to explain what rejecting AV has got to go with the VLM ballot too? I'd be intrigued to know.

29/09/2011 at 11:54
Maybe if two rejected applicants got together - and raised enough money for charidee, of course - they could run it together as a three-legged coalition?
29/09/2011 at 11:56

I'm not quite sure I understand your grievance.

Applying for a VLM place through the ballot system is always a gamble. There are more people wanting to run than there are places.

There are other ways of securing a place - club place; GFA; charity place.

London isn't the only marathon out there, nor is it the best. Plenty I'd far rather run.

http://www.marathonrunnersdiary.com/races/uk-marathon-list.php

29/09/2011 at 11:58

wow what an opening post... well really I can't say anything more or new than what has already been said.

I'm currently waiting for either my 4th rejection letter or my 1st acceptance to London Marathon.

As you'll see in the booklet you received there are lots and lots of other marathons out there, all the same distance as London and probably more enjoyable maybe.

Dont waste your training and try not to take the rejection personally. A 35000 place race which takes about 100k entries, some people are going to be disapointed.

29/09/2011 at 12:01
Tin Tin not in? As someone once said to me. Don't give me your problems give my your solutions. What are the ideas for the improvement or indeed the removal of the ballot system? First up Tint Tin(it's out)
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
29/09/2011 at 12:02

Loads more and better marathons than London and in better locations.

How on earth did you manage to enter without understanding the ballot? Simple logistics - 100,000 aspiring runners and 40,000 places. Nowhere on the enrty forms and other "bumpf" does it say "first come first served".

29/09/2011 at 12:02

Failing what you've suggested tin tin (not in) try lurking about on these forums March/April time and start a thread asking if people have a place they dont want...

29/09/2011 at 12:03

What do you suggest instead Tin-Tin?

Let all 120,000 people who want to run do so? 

As others have pointed out - there are lots of other Spring marathons you could do instead (although Brighton is full too!).

Or did you misunderstand, and think that London is the only marathon in the world, as many people seem to?

29/09/2011 at 12:06
Is there a marathon in London? Never heard of it.
29/09/2011 at 12:10

do Edinburgh instead....simples!

29/09/2011 at 12:24
..... and this reaction after you have only entered on ballot once? Oh dear....
29/09/2011 at 12:30
at work, anxiously waiting for my daughter or hubby to txt me when the post arrives......  was meant to be running Chester in 2 weeks, but had to pull out due to injury. really, really want to get a place for london 2012. if not, Edinburgh is on my "to do" list too.......
Nam
29/09/2011 at 12:32
Isn't this a bit like complaining you haven't won the lottery, despite the fact that you bought your ticket on time?!
29/09/2011 at 12:40

First come first served like the entry for most marathons on the Continent is the way to go.

29/09/2011 at 12:42
This is not a phrase I usually like, but for once I think it applies: "it is what it is" ....
29/09/2011 at 12:43
i think i'm going to do the Barcelona one instead, i also got the rejection letter, barcelona is prettier anyway.
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