London Marathon Ballot system is a joke.

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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

06/10/2012 at 06:17

Ok, thats me convinced, Paris it is. I'll leave London to the clowns, rhino's and TOWIE drama queens (and thats just the blokes).

09/10/2012 at 16:34

If you are a serious club runner, then there are other marathon you can do. I have done 6 marathon so far including London and I can assure you London Marathon is not the best, 

I shall be running the Luton Marathon in 5 weeks time and Portsmouth just before christmas. As mention London is not the only marathon. There are other like Liverpool, Chester, Manchester, Edinburgh etc. London is not the centre of the universe.  

The only way I will take part in London in the future will be under the Good for Age category, there is a good chance of that if I get a good result at Luton and Portsmouth. 

09/10/2012 at 21:42

I entered Paris after my third London rejection. Thoroughly enjoyed  every minute of it . Really good crowd support and a much nicer finishers t shirt than London (friend did London the same year). Enter on a first come first serve basis and I think it closed about 3 weeks after the London rejection mags came through.

Got in for 2013 (5th attempt)

 

09/10/2012 at 22:01

i see it sadly as what ever

i dont think anyone will change it

not that i'm that bothered - as i'm in the class of ( pushing a disabled person in a wheelchair needing assistance )

the able bodied do have a chance,by being able to enter- ( must be  heart renching for those for get rejected )  the sick and disabled have NO chance full stop

regardless of the pushers assitance expereince

10/10/2012 at 19:12

Completely agree with most the other posters on here, i keep applying for the London Marathon (been rejected about 7 times now, few for Flora and Virgin, took some gap years so broke the chain if applications).

Instead i took the punge and went and did the Rotterdam Marathon, thoroughy enjoyed and would highly recommend, was not an over crowded course, flat for a fast time and also great support all the way round with bands at every KM.

Sounded just like the London one without the fancy dress and overcrowded runners. Got myself a PB and have been working hard to qualify for the London Marathon rather than get given a place, makes it a lot more exciting training and competing in marathons with a target, I now know im not to far away from the qualifying time and when (not if) i achieve this i am looking forward to returning there rejection letter to themselves.

11/11/2012 at 14:13

Woo hoo, got a club place. No more disappointing ballots for me

Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
11/11/2012 at 14:52
Hurrah
11/11/2012 at 16:03

There is a ruthlessness in the whole 'charity' side of the London Marathon which I dont find particular savoury ..... a 'money talks' approach to who gets into the marathon. On another note, why dont they also adopt a system where if you have competed in other marathons in a recognised event then that entitles you to multiple chances in the ballot. It would make it fairer to the people who do the odd marathon now and again get a slightly better chance in the ballot than those who have no intention of ever running a marathon unless its the London one, so simply take a shot at each year and if they dont get in, 'oh well shrug the shoulders, we'll just apply next year'.

 

11/11/2012 at 16:10
Rod Wallace wrote (see)

Ok, thats me convinced........ I'll leave London to the clowns, rhino's and TOWIE drama queens (and thats just the blokes).

Rod Wallace wrote (see)

Woo hoo, got a club place. 

 So, which one are you then?  

 

Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
11/11/2012 at 16:11
Drama queen ?
cougie    pirate
11/11/2012 at 16:11
Because that would mean extra cost to administer and then they'd have less profits to give to their charities.
11/11/2012 at 16:28
cougie wrote (see)
Because that would mean extra cost to administer and then they'd have less profits to give to their charities.

People keep mentioning charities ....... but can someone answer me this then about the London marathon.

Is the London marathon about people trying to run a marathon, some of whom may be raising money for charity OR

about people raising money for charity, some of whom may also attempt to run a marathon while they are at it.

If the whole point of the London marathon is it was set up as a charity and they nicely give the odd few tickets to some runners who would also like to have a go, then fair enough ....... but Im not sure thats how it was originally set up ......

 

Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
11/11/2012 at 16:31
The London Marathon is a charity that raises money thro organising a race..

Think that is how Chris Brasher originally intended
11/11/2012 at 16:41

Dave the Ex ........ well then  fair enough, I take back my complaints then ....... I dont mind if thats how it was always intended to be .... it would annoy me more though if it was originally a 'race' that the organisers realised 'hey we can get ....loads more money in if we give out most of the spots to charity instead.'

Anyways I'll probably end up running a marathon in Germany next year anyway. Hell I work in London every day, why would I want to go there on a weekend as well

 

cougie    pirate
11/11/2012 at 16:45
Dave is right. And when they set it up they had six goals.


"Charitable status was established for the event, and Brasher and Disley devised six aims for the London Marathon:

To improve the overall standard and status of British marathon running by providing a fast course and strong international competition.
To show mankind that, on occasions, they can be united.
To raise money for sporting and recreational facilities in London.
To help boost London???s tourism.
To prove that ???Britain is best??? when it comes to organising major events.
To have fun, and provide some happiness and sense of achievement in a troubled world."
??
I think it's meeting all of those aims ?
11/11/2012 at 16:46

Cougie, Ive apologized already ....... what more do you want? blood??

lol(only joking)

 

11/11/2012 at 16:53

What's the big deal with the London Marathon anyway?

In a road race all I ever see is a strip of tarmac in front of me.

That's why I can't understand marathon tourists. 

 

Edited: 11/11/2012 at 16:55
Dave The Ex- Spartan    pirate
11/11/2012 at 16:54
And even Rod is happy now cos he's going to spend 5 hours running with Z list celebs and rhinos !
11/11/2012 at 16:56
RicF wrote (see)

What's the big deal with the London Marathon anyway?

In a road race all I ever see is a strip of tarmac in front of me.

That's why I can't understand marathon tourists. 

 

But they like to wave to the crowds as they stroll past, as though the crowd are cheering them because they can stroll around a marathon course.



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