Calling all Virgin London Marathon 2010 hopefuls

Let the search for our six-strong team begin...

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09/11/2009 at 08:28
It will be my first ever London Marathon, so my application is in. Could be my one and only chance to run a marathon to the best of my ability, so it's got to be worth a shot. Best wishes to everyone who has applied.
09/11/2009 at 09:23
My application went in on page 1 of this thread, and reading through the whole thread it seems like the running could be easier than maintaining the right appearance on here!  But its still too good an opportunity to not have a go at.  I won a training day last year from this site with the Super 6 and Liz Yelling et al and it seemed even then they were benefitting from the professional mentoring, and the team spirit they had built up between the 6 of them.  Good luck to everybody entering, well 5 of you anyway!!
09/11/2009 at 09:50

Hilly - I would love to get 3.15, I really really would. Whether I should get there in small steps or in one giant leap is another matter! I guess how my training goes in the next 6 months or so will give me a better indication of what is realistic but to be honest, my fingers got a little burnt this year when I fell short of what my times had suggested was possible.

Re training, a testiment to the support we received from Liz this year is the fact that both Mystic and I chose to use her coaching services after the competition had ended (for me, from September) Mine is predominantly base work at present with speed only recently introduced gently. So for April I guess I will be following a schedule which is specific to me. Hope it works!

09/11/2009 at 10:04

I'd urge anyone who wants to improve their marathon time to enter this contest.

I was one of the lucky winners last time round and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and I learnt a lot about training and racing .I wasn't so lucky when it came to actually running the marathon as I hurt my back with 2 days to go and had to pull out but the knowledge I gained will help me achieve my goals in the future. The training I did enabled me to set 5 mile, 10K and 1/2 marathon PB's.

It's a shame that with such a good prize will come all the usual comments. It's a competition that's open to everyone, new forumites and old, and hopefully there will be a mix of new and old in the starting line up. Just get involved and keep posting.

I'll be joining the sub 4 hopeful again. In fact I think I might enter again.

09/11/2009 at 10:13

John Ford 5, I totally agree with you, but who cares! the main thing is to participate as they say. I'd be interested to read what the comments would be about my big ups and downs in motivation and achievements!! 

I went for a run this morning (after a 2 weeks break because of the school holiday - yeah right... )

with my boy's school's weekly cross-country run... I can tell you how humiliating it is to be outran by 9-year-olds!! There are luckily "unfit" kids - someone has to make sure noone gets lost, hey!!

09/11/2009 at 10:57

Baring in mind the comments about newcomers only joining for the compition. It is interesting to see the number of posts that are recorded against everyones name. I feel like a new comer, but i have been a member for 7 yrs and only have a few posts.

Should i post something even if i have nothing to say. I have entered numerous compitions on here, never win of course, but what the heck.

Can anyone tell me what the event entry bit refers to as i only have 23 when i actually run about 30 a year?

LIVERBIRD    pirate
09/11/2009 at 11:07

Sue C wrote (see)

Liverbird - No offence taken, promise! And you give me more credit than I deserve because although I had a fantastic build up to FLM and knocked spots off all my pb's I ran my worse marathon time of the three I had then done at 3.36!!! Most of us forumites (old and new) use the forum in exactly the right way, we debate and sometimes we disagree but the huge majority are never personal or offensive and that's just great.

Also, running is such an inclusive sport there is room for people who wish to run 3 times a week and those who wish to run 3 times a day


Thank goodness I didn't offend you! I agree that running is an inclusive sport - almost everyone can do it at some level, although the number of people I know who say "I can't run a mile" is unbelievable! I always say "what - if you were being chased by a BEAR you reckon you couldn't run a mile?" 

I run 5 times a week. That's plenty enough for me! I have been known to do two runs in a day, but not three! Do you REALLY do that? No wonder you're going after 3.15! You'll break that barrier because you've got a positive attitude and a great mental strength!

I've just done my first ever brick session in training for my first triathlon and boy, does that make your legs feel weird!

Dizzy - I have no event entries against my name because I don't enter races through RW online!

09/11/2009 at 12:05
Good luck with that goal Sue C.  The first time I broke it I thought I'd be happy for the rest of my running days, but the goal post just moves a bit further, if you have my mentality that is  Unfortunately it gets a bit harder each year as I get a bit older.  However, I really will be truely satisfied if I break 3 just one more time!
09/11/2009 at 12:16

Oh god thanks Dizzy, looked at my forum posts and its a sorry sight.  Am I allowed to say I also blog elsewhere or will you all hold that against me! 

So never mind a PB at my next 10 mile race (Hadleigh 10, anyone else doing it, entered through here so at least it counts as a stat, must remember to review it to add another stat!) I need to  add to my user stats, wonder what that will look like on the work's firewall!  Looks like the RW  site might join Facebook on the banned list!

09/11/2009 at 12:51
fat face wrote (see)

I'd urge anyone who wants to improve their marathon time to enter this contest.

I was one of the lucky winners last time round and I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and I learnt a lot about training and racing .I wasn't so lucky when it came to actually running the marathon as I hurt my back with 2 days to go and had to pull out but the knowledge I gained will help me achieve my goals in the future. The training I did enabled me to set 5 mile, 10K and 1/2 marathon PB's.

It's a shame that with such a good prize will come all the usual comments. It's a competition that's open to everyone, new forumites and old, and hopefully there will be a mix of new and old in the starting line up. Just get involved and keep posting.

I'll be joining the sub 4 hopeful again. In fact I think I might enter again.


Hey Fat Face, bad that you had to pull out with 2 days to go.. i'd be proper gutted.

I've entered like has been mentioned its too good to turn down.

But you're right about the comments made about the new forumites. In a positive way say 100 new people join the site just to enter the competition and only 50 people actually hang round to carry on posting once they've been rejected then thats still 50 new people we can talk too (and how we know there are some people on here who can talk - not looking in anyones direction LB )

seren nos    pirate
09/11/2009 at 12:59

I think its a great way to bring new people into the forums...........But I still think that if they are going to get a chance they need to post around a bit now to get their character across...........if this is going to a vote then people will vote for people they know.....not sure how its going to be done exactly .........in finishing time groups or individual...........if they just post once by the time the vote comes along........I can't see them getting many votes..........

Hopefully they will have a way that will ensure at least one newbie will get through

09/11/2009 at 13:03
There's likely to be one new-ish-comer. I just hope their grammar is good
09/11/2009 at 13:05
And they're unfamiliar with text speak.
Edited: 09/11/2009 at 13:06
09/11/2009 at 13:10
I really would not worry about how many posts you may or may not have made.  As I understand it, RW are going to whittle down the entries to 18-24 and then people vote for the final 6 based on the cases people put forward, so people have the chance then to propose themselves based on a coherent, reasoned and appealing case to other forum users.
09/11/2009 at 13:11
So let me get this right or is that write, you have to be able to spend a considerable time per week blogging, you need at least an A level in English, you have to be down with the kids and at some point go out for a run. And then you might still have no chance!
09/11/2009 at 13:13

y J.  i m a gd rnr so i shld b pkd m8.

*thud*

09/11/2009 at 13:15

Has anyone ever done the Suicide Six?

Is it worth doing just for a laugh? Or might it actually kill me?

09/11/2009 at 13:16

haha, yes how annoying is that to read.

Though to be honest, there doesnt seem to be much of that on these forums.

09/11/2009 at 13:16
John Ford 5 wrote (see)
, you have to be down with the kids
I could well be wrong but my father used to use that expression, so I'm wondering if it's now out. Then again, maybe its come back  'b dwn wiv'..... 
Edited: 09/11/2009 at 13:21
09/11/2009 at 13:23
I am suitably chastened for even considering I could text speak (avoid shortening that for fear of another  shot across the "old" bows).  I might have to go for a run, less to think about!
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