London Marathon,ballot or hand picked?

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31/05/2011 at 16:27

I'm sure that the mice at the unseen university could do the job quite easily.

I think the computer has whiskers.

31/05/2011 at 17:16
ook ook
31/05/2011 at 17:34
Bob Colclough 2 wrote (see)
Squeakz, as you have access to the database servers, is there any chance you can duplicate my entry 10,000 times so as to increase my chance of selection ? Of course, there would be a beeer in it for you !

I have been attempting to buy the dev' guys responsible for the ballot a beer for a while myself, purely out of technical curiousity you understand   I must admit they have not been tempted yet, which is also reasuring.
They also extensively log everything to ensure there is nothing unexpected happening and have a very very good setup
In all my dealings with the guys at realbuzz I find them to be professional and generally decent people, they also have a pretty good technical team who know what they are doing.

Edited: 31/05/2011 at 17:36
31/05/2011 at 17:38
damn !
31/05/2011 at 22:56

Thanks for the insights Squeakz, all makes a lot more sense.

I'd disagree on what you said about it being truly random, if its purely algorithmic, then ultimately its predictable, but really, that's not of interest/importance here.

I was thinking that it took an awful long time, from closing of the ballot to picking the winners, but I guess, they've got to at least wait for GFA (end of July?) and then its what 2/3 months till we find out, which I still thought was quite a wait. I'm putting that down to the logging you mentioned, I know in all my projects of any size logging and i/o are often large time sinks.

Shame about what you said about people not being able to guarantee themselves an entry. I was planning my 2013 entry to be the only rocket scientist on the Isles of Scilly with a sub 3:00 predicted finish time. Guess I'll have to actually get good at running and work on that GFA, which is about as likely as my aforementioned career and address change

04/06/2011 at 19:40
I can let you use a postal address on the island of Hoy (population about 450) for a very reasonable fee .
Edited: 04/06/2011 at 19:41
04/06/2011 at 21:06

Just out of interest, does anyone know or can anyone estimate roughly what percentage of aplicants are successful in the LM or other major UK marathons?

 I'm new to running but have an ultimate goal of running a marathon some time in the next couple of years and was hoping the LM would be a good starting point. Which is the best marathon for a begginer?

04/06/2011 at 21:12

What do you class as other major UK marathons??

Most, if not all others are done on a first come, first serverd basis.... I have heard that you have a 14 to 1 chance of getting into London via the true this is i don't know.

Alot of people including myself on here would say that other marathons are better then London anyway...Halstead gets my vote

04/06/2011 at 21:12
In terms of other UK marathons, only Brighton also has a ballot as far as I'm aware and they're introducing it for the first time for 2012 entry so it's too soon to see what the odds will be. If you want to run a marathon enter one of the many others soonish after they open and keep your fingers crossed for the London ballot some time in the future.
04/06/2011 at 21:14
And Brighton guarenteed entry for the first 10,000 places,,ballot for the rest
28/09/2012 at 16:45

It is not really a ballot in as much as if it was then the possibility is that all runners could finish between 3.30 and 4 hours - that doesnt happen

There is always a  steady stream of finishers. So I had haerd that all the time bracketts are put together and so many from each time brackett are picked. In fact I never put the time I expected to finish which was between 3.30 and 4 - I always put over 4.30 or under 3 - and I got in 10 times. This year put in true time and hey hoo rejection.

But not knocking its a great event but just think that its a shame its been taken over as a money making vehicle other than a serious race 


28/09/2012 at 16:51


You contradict yoursef. Its not a true ballot if people are picked depending on what they put on the forms. If it was a true ballot then the possibilty of all finishers being between 4.00 and 4.30 would be a possibility

So in fact the ballot is a ballot in time frames ie its decided up front that there will be an even flow of runners so theres mini ballots within the time scales ie a ballot for all those putting 3.30 to 4 another for those putting 4.30 to 5

But of course I can understand why its done this way 

Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
28/09/2012 at 17:25

Actually you also need to factor in the number of places allotted to the overseas runner ballot, and the places given to the tour companies in each participating country. I've run London 6 times - only once through the ballot. Once I was a substitute runner for the Flora  team when they were the sponsors, one of their runners got injured and my brother who knew her offered me to take her place. The other times, as I live in Germany, I booked with a tour company on a package deal of flights, hotel, guaranteed entry and bus to the start.

29/09/2012 at 08:47
I am really disappointed I did not get in via the ballot. If I had known its chosen by timings , I would of course put down a different time..!
Maybe some people who were successful cannot now make it?

Charity's need you to raise ??3000, which is too much.

29/09/2012 at 13:39
If people start putting down unrealistic times then that will cause chaos at the start. I started in the 3.30 pen the last time I ran it and there was already people struggling to get anywhere near 8 min miles and were walking by about 6 miles. Not a great experience for them or them or the disgruntled runners who had to find a way past them.
01/10/2015 at 09:39
I heard that all the black visually impaired lesbian asylum seekers got guaranteed entry via the ballot.
01/10/2015 at 11:42
Isn't it true that daily mail readers and ukip voters get rejected?
01/10/2015 at 14:55
Yeah. As does anyone who ticks three or more of the following

Living in Surrey
Called 'Leslie'
Expecting to run 4:00-4:59
Enjoys 'midsummer murders'

Stop this PC madness now I say
Edited: 01/10/2015 at 14:56
cougie    pirate
01/10/2015 at 19:00
I'm ticking some of those boxes Nayan!

And I got in. (gfa)

It's all done by Oompah Loompahs I tell you. You never ever meet anyone who does the picking do you? That's because they're not let out of the LM office. Ever.
01/10/2015 at 19:36
It's all a fix!!! Everyone seems to know someone, who knows someone, that gets in every year. Even at odds of 20-1 it's so unfair!!
How come those Kenyans get a place year in year out?
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