FLM - Rejection

Why?

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27/11/2007 at 12:49
Hi there I was so disappointed to find the 'sorry you are not in' mag yesterday.  I have entered the ballot 4 times now and have been rejected all of the times.  I don't understand some people can get in year after year, while others get rejected all of the time??? A very sad, sad runner!
27/11/2007 at 13:16
It truly is a ballot, not much comfort I know. My wife is pissed off with me as she has been rejected again.
27/11/2007 at 13:17

another year and you will go to the ball.

Loads of other maras out there. Why get hung up on this one!

27/11/2007 at 13:29
MonkeyFingers - dont despair - you are one of many. Who knows how they allocate places? If we knew then everyone would simply "adapt" their applications accordingly so its not surprising that they keep it a mystery! Im a "five rejects in a row" typa guy so I know how it feels. You need 5 rejects in a row to get a guaranteed place so youll definitely be in for 2010. As TT says, enter another marathon or go for a charity place. Raising sponsorship now is so much easier given the advent of justgiving.com. Good luck.
27/11/2007 at 15:03
I got a place on the Hamburg marathon in about five minutes yesterday. I did FLM two years a go and I won't be applying again because of the 'willl I, won't I' nonsense. It's a great race, but there are other great races out there - don't let it get you down!
27/11/2007 at 15:26

is it difficult to get in? I just filled in an application form, sent it off and got an acceptance letter yesterday, at the first time of asking

27/11/2007 at 15:33
No KK I saw that you don't give a sh!t elsewhere
cougie    pirate
27/11/2007 at 15:35

I cant see that people can get in year on year through the ballot.

Some are GFA, some run with a golden bond, some may nick their clubs places.

KKD
27/11/2007 at 15:41
Oh Monkeyfingers.  Console yourself by looking at the lovely forumites on Page 150 (I believe) of the mag they sent you 
KKD
27/11/2007 at 17:06

No worries KK 
I wanted to do Amsterdam before applying for London but the closing date was 2 days too early so had to commit. If I hadn't got in I would have looked for another 1 (Paris, Rotterdam?)
Depending on how London goes I will go back to Amsterdam in October for either the full or the half

Dark Vader    pirate
27/11/2007 at 17:12

I didn't even bother to apply this time..  I've had three rejections previously...  plenty of other really excellent marathons out there that you can just apply for online without the faffing of the ballot..   I will do Paris again in 2008 (my 4th consecutive time) and that is just as big as FLM, but without all the charity runners and costumes...

Paris is sold out, by the way....

27/11/2007 at 23:41

Hi KKD - glad I spotted your post - I saw your picture in the rejection mag - page 136, the three naughty schoolgirls! I think you are the middle one!

Brilliant picture, apart from the fact it reminded me that you beat me by 2 minutes!

Hows the training going?

28/11/2007 at 00:35
I'm hoping I don't get in now, I really cannot be bothered.  So sods law dictates that I will probably get my acceptance mag tomorrow.  If I do you can have my place monkeyfingers.
28/11/2007 at 08:08

I've been lucky enough to get in this year on my 2nd attempt. I hadn't expected to and had already found my alternative marathon 2 weeks later in blackpool.

I did it this year as my 1st when FLM rejected me and had a great time.

So even though I'm 1 of the lucky ones this year I'm with TT and KK. Find another one and enjoy.

TBH I'm a bit worried that I'll get to London and find it frustrating that I won't be able to run at a steady pace right from the start, 40,000 runners sounds pretty daunting.

That said I know I'm lucky. I intend to enjoy the atmosphere and being part of such a big event.

KKD
28/11/2007 at 08:49

Hey Kevster!! How are you!Funnily enough I was just thinking about you the other day and wondering if you were doing!!!

Yip, you remember correctly - I'm the middle one.  What a fabulous day and meeting you at the end was unbelivable out of all those people!!

I hadn't applied for FLM as my knee is still knackered (thats been nearly 10 months) so my running is not up to scratch at all. So are you doing FLM under a charity place or another marathon?

(Sorry to hijack thread Monkeyfingers!)

KKD
28/11/2007 at 13:11

It's not unusual to be rejected many times.  I've been accepted once since 1992 (missed applying one year so broke the uninterrupted rejections cycle, and am running this year after 6 consecutive rejections on the 5 strikes and you're in ticket. It happens.  I fully expect t be rejected next time as well...

...this is why I don;t buy lottery tickets.

28/11/2007 at 14:05

rejected this year, accepted through the ballot last year

 and in the mags this year ...

wooo ooooo

28/11/2007 at 14:39

Third year of applying third rejection! I try not to be paranoid but is the ballot truly random? If it is why all the questions about what you do etc etc etc?

28/11/2007 at 18:44

Gingerloon nice legs!

KKD - sorry you're still injured.  Unlike last year, i'm training properly this year (i.e. building up gradually) and so far have no problems.  Got a charity place again - got my ballot rejection on Monday.  My colleague and I got our GB places sorted back in May, and applied to the ballot just in case.  Was weird though wasn't it, to meet at the finish after talking on the forum etc, considering all the other people on that day!

You did really well with your sponsorship this year....over £4k!!! Wow!  Hope the injuries clear up soon and you can get back to it.

I think the ballot is random - some people seem to get in year after year with no problems (not GFA people).  If it was rigged, then surely they would dish the places a bit fairer?  You have to believe its geniune, cos you'll never prove it isn't, and that niggling feeling will drive you mad.

I wonder though.....

KKD
28/11/2007 at 20:04

Eh......over £7,500 raised for Teenage Cancer Trust.  What I lost in speed I made up for in fundraising!  :--D

Sounds like your training in going well.  Long may that last, Kev! I'm toying with joining the RW support mob at mile 17 so I may see you next year too!

KKD
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