London Marathon 2015

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14/04/2014 at 09:27

ive been unsuccessful for 3 years running now in the london marathon ballot (like many others!) im not saying it is the right thing to do but what would happen if I were to register my brother and then run with his place if I didnt get in again? there must be people that do this kind of thing..again, im not saying I will do this but whats stopping everybody doing the same?

14/04/2014 at 09:31

The ground would split, and it would start raining toads. Fire and brimstone would fall from the sky and the alien hordes would descend, abducting the entire mass start for anal probing. Arsenal would win a trophy.

Peas would literally turn into beans.

Edited: 14/04/2014 at 09:34
14/04/2014 at 09:31

right, sounds like a bad idea then haha

14/04/2014 at 09:32

im just saying, there must be people that do this kind of thing and im getting quite a collection of "sorry try again next year" magazines now!

14/04/2014 at 09:36

I'm the same as you, 4 ko' s in a row. What get me is how do these people who have run it 10,12,15 years in a row always get in?  Think it's time they came up with a better, fairer system. 

14/04/2014 at 09:37

I do sympathise mate. I'll be starting my collection with the 2015 ballot

14/04/2014 at 09:39

its a pretty sad thing when even considering having to enter other people just to stand abit more of a chance of getting in but its a pain having to wait another year every year

14/04/2014 at 09:40

did they used to have a three strikes and youre in next year type policy?

I heard rumours they are going to make the GFA qualifying times harder due to the oversubcription too.

I suppose the demand for places is so strong that they would rather sell places for big upfront fees to charities than release them to plebs

Edited: 14/04/2014 at 09:42
14/04/2014 at 09:43

If you really want to do London, then target another marathon first, get the required time and achieve a guaranteed London place through the Good for Age process.

You'll feel alot better about it than registering as someone else

14/04/2014 at 09:44

the berlin marathon have a good idea with there "second ballot" for all the people who say they want to run and then dont sign up by a certain date

14/04/2014 at 09:46

Being a londonder Id love to run London sometime but unless the ballot comes up for me I think i'll focus on other marathons and work towardsw a GFA - whatever they revise it to 

14/04/2014 at 10:14
bigeater wrote (see)

I'm the same as you, 4 ko' s in a row. What get me is how do these people who have run it 10,12,15 years in a row always get in?  Think it's time they came up with a better, fairer system. 

No mystery. Those people either got GFA times or had charity places in some or all of those years.

Edited: 14/04/2014 at 10:18
14/04/2014 at 10:21

fair play to the people who get GFA times, im a sub 4 hour runner and have next to no hope of ever getting down to 3 hours 5 minutes (current GFA time for my age)

14/04/2014 at 10:43
I doubt you have no-hope of getting a good for age.
If you put in the required training over the next 12-18 months then I can't see why you shouldn't be there or there abouts.
14/04/2014 at 10:48

its the time to put into training where i struggle, i work 65 hours a week and have a busy social life

14/04/2014 at 10:48

They used to have a 5 rejects and you're in rule, but that has ceased, got in that way before.
I've applied most years since 1994 and have got in, I think, 4 times via the ballot and once via the 5 rejects rule. Also run it a few times on a charity place.

As Screamy says a number get in on GFA - or take the charity gold bonds.

14/04/2014 at 10:51

what would happen if you did a gold bond place and didn't make the minimum sponsorship target? surely this happens all the time because how many people can actually raise £2000

14/04/2014 at 11:26

There probably isn't much the charity can do (though they could make you pay the remaining balance). However, it's really irresponsible to sign up for a charity spot if you're not certain you can raise the money - the charities rely on this money.  If you can't do it, leave the spot to someone who can, and put more time into training so you can get a good for age place!

14/04/2014 at 11:42

Other marathons are available

14/04/2014 at 12:25

I raised a decent wedge of cash for the marathon I just did (my first) but im a bit hesitant to ask everone I know for that again just becasue I fancy running London.

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