London Marathon Ballot system is a joke.

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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

11/11/2012 at 14:52
Hurrah
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?  

 

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 16:31
The London Marathon is a charity that raises money thro organising a race..

Think that is how Chris Brasher originally intended
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 16:53

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
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 17:01
David I really hope you get to run it, you obviously want to, but year after year I see these sour grapes threads and the irony is breathtaking.

Disappointed ballot entrants who think they know all about the race and what it's "supposed" to be, blaming charity runners, celebrities, anything, as if it was any of their business how the organisers of the marathon choose to organise the race.

I really don't care whether the London marathon is a charity or not, I hope Dave Bedford, nick bitel and co have got very rich on the back of what they have achieved. In the same race they field the worlds greatest athletes, the cream of this country's club runners, a good selection of good for age athletes, and a number of runners from every eligible club in the country.

They also give charities the opportunity to raise millions, and then if you don't fit into any of those categories you have as good a chance as anyone else in the ballot.
seren nos    pirate
11/11/2012 at 17:04
Mr Puffy wrote (see)
David I really hope you get to run it, you obviously want to, but year after year I see these sour grapes threads and the irony is breathtaking.

Disappointed ballot entrants who think they know all about the race and what it's "supposed" to be, blaming charity runners, celebrities, anything, as if it was any of their business how the organisers of the marathon choose to organise the race.

I really don't care whether the London marathon is a charity or not, I hope Dave Bedford, nick bitel and co have got very rich on the back of what they have achieved. In the same race they field the worlds greatest athletes, the cream of this country's club runners, a good selection of good for age athletes, and a number of runners from every eligible club in the country.

They also give charities the opportunity to raise millions, and then if you don't fit into any of those categories you have as good a chance as anyone else in the ballot.

agree .they have something for everyone which is why they also get such good tv coverage and crowd support.and the only marathon where i have been able to stop at mile 17 for a pint and some food

11/11/2012 at 17:15
Don't think there is a bitten ass charity........
11/11/2012 at 17:16
Well I don't think it needs to be that cut and dried, the point I was making is that there's room for both, and even then they're not mutually exclusive.

And the Celebs....50 tops, out of 35000 runners, and even then you have the likes of Nell McAndrew and Tony Audenshaw, completely committed runners.

A Z lister is just a celebrity that runs slower than you!
11/11/2012 at 17:22
I only beat zzz list celebs
11/11/2012 at 17:23
Mr Puffy wrote (see)

A Z lister is just a celebrity that runs slower than you!

I thought he was referring to Alex Zane.

Edited: 11/11/2012 at 17:24
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