London Marathon Ballot system is a joke.

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04/05/2013 at 20:00

Hi. I was lucky enough to get a ballot place on my first attempt in 2012. Had to defer as I got injured during my training. Picked up another injury and a chest infection just before 2013, and was debating dropping out until the terrible events in Boston.

I thought that my niggles and lack of quality training were nothing compared to what those runners went through in Boston.


Best decision I ever made!!


I had the most fantastic day, ended up doing 5.28.26 due to my injury, but you know what, that doesn't matter!

Still limping but also still on a 'high'.


I said I would only do it once, but guess what, I've entered the 2014 ballot!!


Good luck everyone!

cougie    pirate
04/05/2013 at 20:40
Running RaRa - all clubs get places in the marathon.
Elite runners get in. Any half decent runner can get in on a good for age.
They're all real runners.
LIVERBIRD    pirate
06/05/2013 at 10:18

I'm an indecent runner then Cougs..... But you knew that already!

06/10/2015 at 07:47

Sad to say - I have missed out again too - I am 61 this year and running out of time!! last yearI ran in the Edinburgh marathon instead - just filled in the form, paid the money - it was easy!!! My son's girlfriend has a place and doesn't even run yet!!! I think i will call it a day now - londonmarathon has had enough Money from me!!

06/10/2015 at 13:13

I applied for the ballot for the first time last year and got it. It was well ace.

I missed the GFA by 18 seconds so applied for the ballot again. Didn't get in.

I don't have a problem with it being a random ballot. I cant see what system would work better

seren nos    pirate
06/10/2015 at 15:52

Jenny..........It doesnt cost a penny to only pay if you get why have they had enough money from you


06/10/2015 at 16:18

Maybe she bequeathed seren?  But there again you don't have to.

I must admit I did like the 5 years rejected rule but hey ho.

seren nos    pirate
06/10/2015 at 16:45

the problem is now ... they have too many applying to make the 5 years rule would have to be 25 years rejected and in  .....


06/10/2015 at 18:08

I think I'm working towards that one 

seren nos    pirate
06/10/2015 at 18:57

i'm working on a GFA but the way i struggled to hit 12 min miling might take a few years    

06/10/2015 at 19:25
They should just do it on ability. Forget age, sex and the % of rockinghorse shit you can muster.
Fast come fast served so to speak.
seren nos    pirate
06/10/2015 at 20:49

06/10/2015 at 22:14
Berlin has a GFA thing. 2:45 for men and 3:00 for Simon or something like that.
Boston is somewhere between that and London but that just seems to improve your odds of getting in rather than guaranteeing your place.

By comparison London GFA times are quite generous - especially if you are a woman.
Edited: 06/10/2015 at 22:15
seren nos    pirate
07/10/2015 at 07:19

as more GFA places have been taken up this year they have reduced the number of places they give to running clubs as the assumption most GFA runners are affiliated to a club

07/10/2015 at 08:09
Isn't there a marathon in Japan with a 3 hour cut off? And if you are it on pace at each 20k you get cut?

I agree with Naysn. London is very fair to uk runners. Especially women. I guess that is because fewer ladies run.
07/10/2015 at 09:16

Very unimpressed reading about the reduction in club places. My club has worked really hard to double it's membership over the past year from 50 to 100 and whilst the main reason is that we obviously want as many members as possible getting active and representing the club, thinking that getting to 100 would mean an extra VLM place was a big incentive.

It seems some of the regular club runners (i.e. not super speedy ones) are being even further penalised by VLM.

07/10/2015 at 12:30

Slightly off-topic, but isn't it a bit odd how charity running has come to dominate amateur running?

If a cause is good enough to donate to, why will people only donate to it if I run 26 miles dressed as a badger? Why not donate anyway? Seems irrational to me.

You wouldn't get the manager of your Sunday football side saying you are in the team if you raise £100 for the Battersea Dogs Home.

07/10/2015 at 12:34
Rob Badger wrote (see)

You wouldn't get the manager of your Sunday football side saying you are in the team if you raise £100 for the Battersea Dogs Home.


08/10/2015 at 14:48
Vdot do you mean Fukuoka?
2:27 for group a and 2:40 for group b according to Wikipedia
08/10/2015 at 14:50
Boston has qualifying times but they are just the bar to let you bypass some but not all of the queue. I'd be amazed if London doesn't go the same way at some point.
Edited: 08/10/2015 at 14:51
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