London Marathon Ballot system is a joke.

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04/10/2012 at 15:55
Ultra cougie wrote (see)
Christmas is popular too - can we have that twice a year please ?

Oh lord, please no! 

I'm working on getting made biennial - and then leap years only

04/10/2012 at 16:25

The build-up to Christmas is longer than a marathon training build-up.

04/10/2012 at 16:58

I take it that they are really strict on the cut off time for Champs start. Do I have any hope of them being lenient and giving me one with my 2:45:13?

04/10/2012 at 17:02
WarrenK78 wrote (see)

Do I have any hope of them being lenient and giving me one with my 2:45:13?

Nope!  A couple of years ago I put together a proper little sob-story e-mail about how my 1:15:13 half marathon after long term injury come-back should earn me a Champs place, but they were having none of it.

04/10/2012 at 21:01

 Did you Phil!! Makes me chuckle.

However, I shouldn't laugh too much, as I couldn't even get the Mortimer 10k of 2006 to change my 40:01 to the 39:59 my watch reckoned

04/10/2012 at 21:16
Tenjiso wrote (see)

IC5 - my statistical sample size of one must be more reliable than yours of zero 

Was London your first marathon Nykie? 

 

Yes, London 2007 was my first. Sat up in hospital in 2006 after waking up from a 12 hour operation and said I was running it for charity the year after.

05/10/2012 at 09:21

Nykie - so perhaps you could say that you became a commited marathon runner as a result of that London experience?  I was just wondering why you seemed sure that the majority of London Marathon entrants would treat it as a one-off when you appear to be a classic example of the contrary?  (I hope this doesn't come over sounding offensive in any way - it's not meant to be).

Phil - I wonder how many similar letters the organisers receive every year?  I can imagine how they must react when they've received loads of them.  I also wonder if any such letters ever actually succeed?

05/10/2012 at 09:38
Tenjiso wrote (see)

Phil - I wonder how many similar letters the organisers receive every year?  I can imagine how they must react when they've received loads of them.  I also wonder if any such letters ever actually succeed?

I doubt it!  They're hard-hearted buggers.

05/10/2012 at 10:19

I guess you have to draw the line somewhere. Bring in discretion and it all gets a bit messy.

You can put me down as a convert to running through the London Marathon as well.  Saw it as an obvious "challenge" after losing weight and getting a bit fit, caught the bug!  On the other hand, besides the full-time running folk I've got to know subsequently, amongst other people I know there are definitely quite a few bucket-list once-is-enough types.  Fair enough, at least when they crossed the finish line and said "never again", they actually meant it. 

05/10/2012 at 12:00

London was my first running event when I was 50.  At 63 and have clocked up more than 100 events.  I am still running, although in the distance events I do I am more of a wa#ker than a runners.

05/10/2012 at 13:07
Tenjiso wrote (see)

Nykie - so perhaps you could say that you became a commited marathon runner as a result of that London experience?  I was just wondering why you seemed sure that the majority of London Marathon entrants would treat it as a one-off when you appear to be a classic example of the contrary?  (I hope this doesn't come over sounding offensive in any way - it's not meant to be).

 


From the people I know who have done the London Marathon, apart from running club friends, there's only me who has gone on to run more than one marathon. When I did my first one, I was a member of a forum where there were a group of first timers.

From my experience, I'd certainly say that I'm an exception to the rule.

05/10/2012 at 13:16

I always wanted to run it after watching it on the telly in the 80's. The only exercise I did was walk the dog. Made up my mind I was going to give it a go. I applied for London after running 18 months.....took me 10 years, off and on to get in. 

If it hadn't of been for the London marathon, I would never of even started. It began as a bucket list thing......got slightly out of hand since then! 

See everyone next year for the same thread.....really wish they had kept the 5 year rule, though. I do like a target to aim for.

 

 

05/10/2012 at 13:36
Bear B.Hind wrote (see)

....I am more of a wa#ker...

Don't be so hard on yourself BBH



 

05/10/2012 at 13:41

I always thought that London would be the one to take my marathon virginity away, always thought when I'm (mentally) ready, I would apply for a place, which I finally did last year, but of course I didn't get in. A chance conversation lamenting me being a VLM reject with a fellow runner redirected me towards Paris - one that never crossed my mind as I was being 'loyal' to London!

So I have now happily lost my marathon virginity to Paris this year, and felt no remorse at not getting into VLM.

Failed again this year, but I also learnt I don't want any big baggy fleece, although it did come in handy for keeping me warm at the start of Paris this April, and is probably hanging somewhere in a Paris charity shop!!!

05/10/2012 at 14:02

What was Paris like Sticky88, thinking of trying there next year if I dont get a club place in London.

One of the reasons for London that appeals to me is taking the family somewhere that they can enjoy, they put up with an awful lot being dragged around Scotland to muddy fields in the middle of winter to watch me.

 

 

05/10/2012 at 14:33

Paris is great.  Well organised, nice and flat, more scenic than London.  From a spectator point of view, apart from Paris being Paris, virtually the whole route is well served by the Metro system so it's very easy to follow someone's race at different points on the course.

05/10/2012 at 14:43

And is Paris fairly easy to enter or do you have to enter through a non resident company?

 

05/10/2012 at 14:47
Rod Wallace wrote (see)

What was Paris like Sticky88, thinking of trying there next year if I dont get a club place in London.

One of the reasons for London that appeals to me is taking the family somewhere that they can enjoy, they put up with an awful lot being dragged around Scotland to muddy fields in the middle of winter to watch me.

Paris is as PhilPub described. I can't compare it with VLM not having had the chance to do it, but I enjoyed every moment of Paris - the support along the route is amazing! On the family front, I would highly recommend it, I had my other half and his mother along, and they enjoyed it very much! They had a nice breakfast at a cafe near the start after leaving me in my pen, and they still managed to see me just after the start, and as Phil says, the Metro system allows supporters to follow the runners, mine attempted but missed me as I was too fast for them

05/10/2012 at 15:13
Rod Wallace wrote (see)

And is Paris fairly easy to enter or do you have to enter through a non resident company?

 

You go to their website and you enter.  Simples

05/10/2012 at 22:07
Sticky88 wrote (see)
 the Metro system allows supporters to follow the runners, mine attempted but missed me as I was too fast for them

My family was the same this year in London - I was supposed to see them at mile 15, 19 and the finish but I was faster than they thought and I only saw them when I was walking back to the hotel afterwards

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