Anyone in already?

Who's already got a place?

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09/08/2002 at 12:12
It's really ##ssing down in Manchester today and I must admit that remembering the feeling of elation on finishing the FLM this year makes running in the rain almost appealing (did I say that???).

The lack of alcohol over the past 2 weeks is obviously taking its toll!
09/08/2002 at 17:22
Thanks guys for the support. I'm going to train for it even if I don't get in. Will be keeping in touch with how everyone else is doing so as to stay motivated !!
09/08/2002 at 21:43

I noticed in the Marathon News mag they specify 2:45 - 3:15 for 18-59 then sub-3:31 for 60 - 64 etc so I think you could have a legitimate claim with a 3:15:14

I can recall analagous questions on the US Runners World Forum leading up to the 2001 Boston Marathon where several people were asking if a 3:10:xx would get them in (qualifying time was 3:10 or better for that age group), they did get in as the BAA allowed 3:10:59 or better.

Maybe London Marathon will be thinking along same lines as Boston?

All the best
10/08/2002 at 09:35

Thanks for the reply. I called the hotline yesterday and a totally disinterested bloke (obviously a non-running admin chappie) said it was up to 3:15:00 only. I have to say I disagree with him and I DO have a legitimate argument - my time IS a 3:15 afterall.

Anyway, it may not be worth the effort as I now live in Naples, Italy so will be able to get a guranteed overseas entry (at twice the price). The thing is though I've run 18 marathons, 5 of which have been under 3:15 (3:03 the fastest) but the fastest in the last 18 months is the time from this year, I just wanted to get in on merit - I'm sure most people will understand.
10/08/2002 at 19:16

I totally understand regarding the 'getting in on merit' issue. I was living in the US between '94 and '01 and became obsessed with qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon. Took me 5 years to finally get myself into shape to run a qualifying time, and as you probably know at Boston getting in is pretty much solely a 'merit' issue as a qualifying time is the only thing that will get you to the start (other than a charity place or special cases).

See you in April

10/08/2002 at 21:52
Hi Runners,

I was lucky enough to get 'Good for Your Age' in the Manchester Marathon last year but held it over for a year due to injury. The next London will be my fourth, having got in twice on my own and once with a club place.

Good luck to everyone in London 2003

13/08/2002 at 05:12
I've got a guaranteed place as I had to pull out last year due to injury.
The way I got last years place was a bit unusual....I got rejected in the ballot and then a few weeks later I was phoned by the Royal Bank of Scotland who told me they were doing a new credit card in association with FLM and if I applied for the card I would be put into a draw to get one of 6 places in FLM 2002.
I said yes and thought no more of it, got the application through the post for the credit card...threw it in the bin and thought no more of it.
Then in late Feb 2002 was phoned by a lady who told me I had won one of the 6 places, great I said but how the hell am I supposed to get enough training in with less than 8 weeks to the big day....I accepted (seeing as I'd been rejected through the ballot so many times) did loads of training to try and catch up and then got injured (probably due to overtraining)
I wondered why I had bothered and wished I hadn't ever won the place....I guess now I am grateful I did as I have 8 months to train for FLM 2003 rather than 8 weeks like last year.
Still I have been out of running for a few months and am only just getting back into it since the injury mentioned above and the thought of training like last year fills me with dread, at this moment in time I can not believe I will ever be capable of running 26.2m.
13/08/2002 at 17:18
Homer, I was in similar scenario last year but trained hard throughout the winter of 2001 and finished the FLM this year respectibly. You'll do it, the mental battle is always the most difficult after injury, by Oct/Nov you'll be back into running and will enjoy the experience!
14/08/2002 at 13:29
i got a place because of pulling out this year with hamstring problems.
15/08/2002 at 17:53
I have called the helpline today and they tell me that the 'good for age' letters will be held for a while to build up then the application forms will go out. I intend to send my letter registered post just in case the lose it!!
17/08/2002 at 07:22
g,day folks i,m interested in any tips for a non local running the london marathon . i intend to visit and run your marathon in 2004 or 2005 by then i will have run 5 to 6 marathons all tips greatly accepted steve
18/08/2002 at 14:21

information for overseas entries is given on my site:

(in english)
13/10/2002 at 05:17
After competing in the GNR with a fairly pleasing time only spoilt by yes you guessed it those slower runners who insist in going to the front of the starting line why they do it remains a mystery to me,anyway i I got my rejection tee shirt last year which i refused to wear cos its like saying look at me i got rejected.I,ve applied again but just hope i dont get rejected again cos i wont apply anymore there more races than FLM so i have applied for the Edinburgh in June and i may go for one of these package deals to races around the world.Cant race in my own Capital so i will go elsewhere
15/10/2002 at 21:27
We got our letter saying we were in on a gold bond ticket yesterday. We (lizzie and I) (I being Tony!!!) have to raise a min of £850.00 each. the Charity is Phabkids.

Now we have our just giving web site up and a big thanks to as they have been really superb helping Lizzie and I customise our page and sort out tiny snags etc immediately.

So here we go...tired and friendless for the next six months!!!!
16/10/2002 at 00:04
Good luck with it all Lizzie and Tony - you will get good support from Madeleine at Phab, nice team spirit.

Many thanks for your comments about us too - we're glad to be of service.

We're ready and waiting for anyone else running for charity!!

Free sponsorship webpages for the London Marathon.
17/10/2002 at 11:05

Woo Hoo!

I'm in on the "Bloody Awful For My Age" category...

Not really - I've just had a call from Anthony Nolan to let me know that they're giving me a Gold Bond place, seeing as how I ran for them in 2001!


Now all I have to do is get running again...
17/10/2002 at 11:43
Well done Mr A!

Good luck with six months of pavement pounding! anyone that can run 26.2 isn't bloody awful at any age in my book!!!
17/10/2002 at 11:51

Ah, but you haven't seen me running!

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