Berlin Marathon 2014

Am I mad?

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30/09/2013 at 12:25

About this time last year I signed up and began training for my first marathon (Edinburgh)... I was completly new to running but throughout the course of my training i entered a few 10k's and half marathons to get me used to the atmosphere. the marathon was a nightmare, I stubbled across the line vowing never to put myself through anything like that ever again....a month passed, I entered a half marathon - it was local, this would be my last race ever...again. Then a few weeks ago I did a 10k, again my last race ever...now ive just applied to enter the berlin marathon in 2014...am I mad or have I just got the "bug" I cant help myself!

01/10/2013 at 17:24

I just done my first berlin this year...after three in belfast and you wil not regret it, it's stunning , totally different experience to the smaller marathons and a nice flat course too!

08/10/2013 at 10:26

I have just completed my first marathon in my home city of Chester; what a great experience.   Yep I just applied for the Berlin marathon next year as well

10/10/2013 at 14:12

Probably a stupid question but how many applicants are expected?  Curious to know what odds I am facing on getting a place

10/10/2013 at 16:38

I've applied for the ballot for this. Never done a full fat marathon and I thought Berlin would be a good a place as any to start!

15/10/2013 at 18:49

I think there are a lot of us crossing our fingers and hoping we get in through the ballot system. I would imagine it will be heavily oversubscribed especially after all the hype regarding the new world record set this year. I'm pretty new to marathon running myself despite being over 50 and by a weird co-incidence the two marathons mentioned on this page are the two I ran this year - Edinburgh and Chester. Ive registered to run Barcelona in March because I'd love to run at least once overseas. Let's all hope we make it to the Berlin starting line up.

 

17/10/2013 at 13:10

Apparently 74,000 going into the ballot for 40,000 places

17/10/2013 at 13:34

Could be worse!  Where did that figure come from?

17/10/2013 at 13:35

...oops.  That's the first thing it says on the website.  Fair enough. 

18/10/2013 at 12:08

Me and my wife are both in the ballot, but I expect if we don't both get in, the other will pull out. I definitely want to do at least one European Marathon next year, even if it's Dublin!

30/10/2013 at 17:07

anybody else checking their inbox every 30 seconds even though it says the results will be posted on the 1st?? ha ha

30/10/2013 at 17:14

Nick - I wish both of you all the very best in the ballot (honest!), but I also hope there are a few other people in a similar situation.  It's one thing to click on a few buttons, quite another to part with 90 euros of real money.  So I like to think the real odds are pretty good.

30/10/2013 at 17:26

thats a fair point phil, 40000 out of 74000 is a 1 in 2 chance anyway add ontop of the the amount of people that dont actually sign up i would imagine the odds are pretty good. anythings got to be better than the VLM ballot!

30/10/2013 at 17:34

Would the Germans turn away any foreign tourists I ask? Of course not, they run the best economy in Europe - so it makes sense to let plane loads of Brits in for a weekend at the marathon, spending bucketloads of Euros in the shops, bars and restaurants, doesn't it. I know that's suggesting the ballot might be rigged, but stranger things have happened. I bet I don't get in now!

 

31/10/2013 at 15:24

Just completed Dublin on Monday and now nervously waiting on news of Berlin ballot. Like everyone I keep thinking about the odds - as has been commented you would hope that some of the interested registrants would not follow through with payment opening the way to those who want in but just miss out on the balloted cut-off. However when the website says the total number of participants is limited to 40k - does that number not have to accommodate guaranteed entries? Or, apart from the Elites, is there not a significant number of places held back for various categories? Anyway, should know soon enough if German efficiency kicks in as expected.

31/10/2013 at 15:59

German efficiency?!?!  If the draw was yesterday where are the emails?

31/10/2013 at 17:09

ive checked my email and it says results will start going out on the 1st of november

31/10/2013 at 17:51

I've just had a txt that 2 of my mates are "in"!

Nothing in my email inbox yet   

31/10/2013 at 17:57

My Congratulations email was in my Spam folder!!!

Good Luck to all hoping for be in Berlin next year!!!!

31/10/2013 at 18:10
I'm in - woohoo! This will be my fourth marathon. Done Edinburgh in 2011, Liverpool in 2012 and Brighton 2013. Never yet managed to break 4hrs. Got a heartbreaking 4hrs 32 seconds at Brighton so hoping the flat fast course at Berlin will be fourth time lucky. Good luck to all those still waiting. PS - email went to my spam as well so make sure you check it too.
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