Is it really possible?

Can anyone get the VLM GFA time with a bit of ard work?

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05/10/2012 at 20:48
Otter wrote (see)
Surely using the wava percentage scores they could set a GFA time for each age category for both men and women that would be fair, 65% for example.

Set it too low, and too many men will qualify.

Set it too high, and not enough women will qualify.

It's on quotas, so the scores have to be more weighted in favour of women.

05/10/2012 at 20:50

Otter,

There's a problem for VLM, the vast majority of endurance runners are middle aged men. If they set the "good" for age at 65% you would fill the event with 40 yo blokes like me!

VLM don't want that, they want first time charadee runners and sub 35 yo women.

If they set the good for age at 70% which is a true "good" standard there would be alot fewer women.

VLM is a marketing and money making exercise; it stopped being an athletics event year's ago.

05/10/2012 at 21:48

I thought good for age for an under 40 was sub 2:45 - When I was running marathons and a non vet it was sub 2:40!! missed it by a minute in 1989!!! 3 hours is still for me the benchmark =but the post above sums it - apart from the elite it is not an athletic event just a fun run for charity runners - (sorry)

05/10/2012 at 22:22

Can't believe that Grendel, surely that's the championship start you're thinking about.

05/10/2012 at 23:15

Stevie - I think Grendel is probably right. I have only qualified for GFA times recently, I certainly didnt get any automatic entry for times of 2:48/2:51/2:52 in the 80s/90s.

Championship qualifying was probably more like 2:20 then.

05/10/2012 at 23:35

All i can say in that case is thank fudge i wasn't running in those days 

06/10/2012 at 07:07

Even though the VLM does appear to have evolved into a fund raising carnival, the GFA qualification does at least allow some participants the possibility of believing they are actually in a road race. 

06/10/2012 at 08:58

The London Marathon is a ''proper race'' in more respects than some people appreciate.  As well as being a very nice pay day for a few elites, it's also the England Athletics championship race, and the Southern Athletics Association championship.  I didn't even know about the final one myself until a bunch of medals finally came through the post a few weeks ago, since our club came 2nd. 

Edited: 06/10/2012 at 09:02
06/10/2012 at 10:15

It's too withering an attack on London to say it's only a proper race for elites.

Championship start runners aren't elites, and you can't tell me that guys who ar sub 2hr 45 aren't taking part in an athletic event!

You probably wouldn't tell guys after sub 3 hours that they're just in a glorified fun run either

06/10/2012 at 12:57

London Marathon not a "proper race" .............hhhhhmmmmmm What's the definition of a proper race!!!

6 of the 10 fastest marathon times in my category this year were set at London (MV55) according to RunBritain rankings.

The worlds best runners are competing with you in the same race.

It is one of the 5 World Marathon Majors.

Hundreds of thousands of supporters cheering you all the way.

Certainly feels like a race to me - but whether it feels like a race is probably got more to do with the individual than the race.

It was my first marathon at 50 only having been running for about a year. I have done it six out of the last 7 years and pb'ed 5 times - if only I'd known I wasn't in a proper race!!!

06/10/2012 at 19:11
It is a "proper race" if you want it to be. I suppose it just has a higher percentage of "just get round" fun runners than your usual event.
The majority of the 35,000 will not be "racing" so that's where people get the idea from.
06/10/2012 at 19:29

It is a proper race at the sharp end, but as far as I'm concerned races start when the gun goes "bang".

If your chip time says 3:00:00 but it took 20 mins to cross the start line then no matter what you claim it's still a 3:20:00 finish time for the "race".

06/10/2012 at 19:32

That's hardly fair - if you're stuck behind 20 minutes of people, you can't start your race, can you?

06/10/2012 at 19:50
marshallini wrote (see)

It is a proper race at the sharp end, but as far as I'm concerned races start when the gun goes "bang".

If your chip time says 3:00:00 but it took 20 mins to cross the start line then no matter what you claim it's still a 3:20:00 finish time for the "race".

if that's true, why does the main rankings site power of 10 only go off chip time?

Going on gun time basically penalises people for doing bigger races

 

Millsy1977 wrote (see)
It is a "proper race" if you want it to be. I suppose it just has a higher percentage of "just get round" fun runners than your usual event.
The majority of the 35,000 will not be "racing" so that's where people get the idea from.

do you have any stats for that out of interest?

I'd wager that the percentage of "get rounds" is pretty similar to your average race with 300 runners in. The only difference is the totals are higher due to being a huge mass race.

Edited: 06/10/2012 at 19:50
06/10/2012 at 20:27

Agree with Marshallini.

This has been done to death many many times but a 'race' can only be on Gun times by definition.

Any rankings based on Chip times are simply a comparison of individual time trials, a completely different thing to racing.

06/10/2012 at 20:42

If that means a 3.15 marathon then no, there is no way my body could handle either the training for it or the race itself now let alone in another ten years time @59y. In the SM age band I guess a higher proportion will be in some vague kind of underlying physical shape to manage it but I'm sure there are many who couldn't, either due to being an exercise 'non-responder' or other issues.

06/10/2012 at 21:20
Well the clue is in the description. It's Good For Age, not Average For Age, or Slightly Better than Average For Age.

It's a kind of heat to get into the final.

Can you move from average to good? I suspect many could. The body is very adaptive. As a 40something married with kids and other interests outside running I struggle to put the hours in. I have seen very big improvements this year just by following a structured training plan. I think a lot of Average runners are unaware of how hard they can push their bodies, although the forum is littered with people 'injured' so a bit of common sense or proper coaching could be key.
06/10/2012 at 21:21

Gun vs chip times - an interesting one. I know where you are coming from parkrunfan. When I did my first sub 3hrs I made sure that it was both on chip and gun time. London used to give both your chip and gun time. They no longer do this, the official results only show the chip time so not sure how this stacks with your "a race can only be on gun times"

Agree with kittenkat, if you put a predicted time of 3 ish you will be on the Fast GFA by definition and it will take you less than 20 seconds to cross the line not 20 mins.

06/10/2012 at 21:41
There would be uproar if the first person over the line was beaten by someone who finished later.

The winners must be gun time surely.
06/10/2012 at 22:09

Elite and Championship times are published according to gun time rather than chip.  I guess the organisers are confident enough that the London Marathon winner will come from the elite starters, such that the chip times for everyone else aren't going to be an issue.  Same goes for the Championship itself; you're not eligible to run for a place unless you start from the Championship start, with its associated gun timing.

If anyone manages to win the race starting from Zone 1 I'll buy them a Kitkat.

Edited: 06/10/2012 at 22:09
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