When you're watching the VLM on TV this year, will you be slightly bitter?

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26/01/2013 at 18:55
Time is a friend to us females in that it makes us more likely to get a GFA place in the above marathon. Just saying.
26/01/2013 at 20:40
Wonder if David could have a sex change and get in under GFA ?
26/01/2013 at 23:18
Or dress up as Brigitte Bardot and get a celebrity place?
Dustboy    pirate
27/01/2013 at 00:21

This thread is great. So this run that everyone is banging on about, can you enter on the day?

27/01/2013 at 06:55
Do you want my number? Apparently it's on the telly so I might just stay in and watch it.
Edited: 27/01/2013 at 06:56
27/01/2013 at 07:09
David Falconer 3 wrote (see)

.... that you don't work for a huge company where you can put out the virtual begging bowl and raise that £2k that the charities hold you to ransom in order to get one of their golden tickets???

Go on, don't be politically correct, feel free to vent that you'd love to do it over the office geek who has lots of friends to give them money but then puts in about an hours worth of training each week in the lead up to the event and has a kebab the night before.


Haven't you made this thread before?  You sound like a 10 year old girl crying because the my little pony she got for Christmas was purple instead of pink.

Do you get upset when your lottery numbers don't come up as well, as you are clearly a special snowflake more deserving than anyone else?

If you get "bitter" over something like this I would really hate to be around you when you come accross something really challenging in life.

27/01/2013 at 09:35

I shalln't be bitter and twisted, have tried and failed to get into London a few times so I ain't going to bother no more! I will watch from the comfort of my sofa, having done the Brighton Marathon the week previously. Though having been up to London and watched the marathon a few times there is no atmosphere like it. Good luck to all runners who are doing a marathon this year!    

27/01/2013 at 13:25

No I've done it twice before and it was a bit crap to be honest. Nice to part of something big, but too many people, too much noise, I much prefered every other marathon i've done.

Besides this year i'm running Rome...

London, dirty, smelly, cold and ugly, or Rome... No comparison really.

27/01/2013 at 15:17

I'm running Rome too, totally agree no comparison! and also running Llanelli, Rivington, Liverpool, Chester, York, Blackpool, Manchester, Loch ness, Rutland, North Downs, the Wall and more, I'm the "couldn't give a flying fuck" camp on London, as most people seem to be.

27/01/2013 at 20:29
Salt is bad for you, a liberal dash will fur up your arteries
27/01/2013 at 21:04

To go back to the original question - I wouldn't be bitter as I don't want to do a marathon.  But if I did:

1. do something other than London - I noticed that you can get a charity place for Brighton and raise £400 which seems fairly manageable compared with the £2K etc you have to raise for London.  And of course there are loads of other marathons that you can do without needing a charity place and which are probably nicer than London.  For example Jersey, Guernsey, Edinburgh, Manchester to name but a few.

2. volunteer - get into the volunteer ballot which gives you a really high chance of a place for the 2014 London marathon.  I think everyone I know who volunteered last year who wanted a place this year has got one.



27/01/2013 at 21:12
David, if you were the Race Director for 2014 how would you sort out the entry system?
27/01/2013 at 21:24

DF3.  Let it go now.

Life's too short.

27/01/2013 at 21:53
Not too short..... David still wants to do the VLM
27/01/2013 at 22:36

4) No no, it's okay, I'm delighted to be a woman and get to run the VLM whenever I like.

28/01/2013 at 07:01
Not sure about your ideas David..... That way any Tom, Dick or David could get in !
28/01/2013 at 07:07


David Falconer 3 wrote (see)
Millsy1977 wrote (see)
David, if you were the Race Director for 2014 how would you sort out the entry system?

1) I would question if we couldn't increase the total numbers ...... is this due to 'elf and safety issues?'

2) Not open the ballot so soon after the marathon. I would wait several weeks and then open it for more than just a day. The reason being, having the ballot open up so soon after the running of the event, you get to many 'Oh I must do that next year' people who by the time 2014 rolls around, they are too busy tucking into their swiss rolls to worry about what day their slow long run is.

3) Have certain marathons through the year be 'recognised' by VLM. If you enter at least one one of these and complete it, in this day and age of chip timing and spreadsheets, you are given priority (say you get twice or even 5 times as many shots in the ballot than if an average joe had applied who had never run in a marathon) ..... when you apply, you tick a box saying 'yes I have run in a recognised marathon this year', then a simple program cross references your application details with those of the marathon you claimed to have run (remember we live in 2013, we don't need some old guy manually cross checking pieces of paper ..... this would all be fairly automatic). If it doesnt check out, your ballot application is immediatly discarded, so if you try to cheat you'll have no chance at all. Also by having 'certain' marathons be eligible it would enhance those marathons as well as people think 'Well if I run this marathon it gives me an extra chance to get into the London one.'

4) Stop pandering to the politically correct audience with these 'good for age' qualification times ......... look at the different categories for men and the tight times, versus the pretty much 'any woman who can post a half decent time can get a GFA'. Sorry I know some of the women on here will bristle at the slight to their gender, but its kinda true .......



Even if you only meant 33% of this post that means you are still 33% clueless.


28/01/2013 at 07:24

After doing it twice for charities in 1990& 94, I thought I'd finally do another now I'm so much older I can't remember how bad I felt afterwards. I've been turned down four times in a row now despite being in the ballot of 160,000 for supposedly 40,000 places, so bugger 'em I don't think I'll bother anymore. It used to be the people's race, now it''s the race for people's (charities) cash. Going up to watch though, the atmosphere is still great, I'll have a few jealous moments but I'll get over them.

28/01/2013 at 08:04

i do agree with the waiting to open the ballot though, i can think of at least 5 people i know who entered the ballot in the past 2 years afer watching it and getting the "i'll do that...yes!" none of which ever did a single run, not one, only one of them got a ballot place but again it went to waste as she never trained for it and didnt go, i think she even forgot when it was. 

There is nothing wrong with people being inspired by the race, i hope everyone gets inspired to go out there and run, but turn up and run/walk run etc at least, the people who take a ballot place but have zero intentions of actually doing it are not being fair imo. 

seren nos    pirate
28/01/2013 at 08:38
David Falconer 3 wrote (see)
Dave The Ex- Spartan wrote (see)
Salt is bad for you, a liberal dash will fur up your arteries

Thats OK, all the coke I drink should flush it out of my system anyway.


that answer did actually have me laughing 

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