I want to do it again BUT......

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20/04/2005 at 17:08
Like so many others, I completed the FLM on Sunday and now want to do it next year. My only sticking point is - actually getting in. As we all know the ballot is not guaranteed. I ran on a Golden Bond charity place this year - but can't rely on friends & family etc being so generous year after year to help raise the pledged amount - anyone got any ideas or tips?
20/04/2005 at 17:11
Run another marathon and get a GFA time.
20/04/2005 at 17:12
Join a running club. Every affiliated club gets a small number of places depending on members. And then theres always a GFA place (in my dreams!!)
20/04/2005 at 17:12

Where can I find out what my GFA time is - so I know what to aim for?
20/04/2005 at 17:14
I think it might be a bit of a stretch cutting over 2.5 hours off...
20/04/2005 at 17:17
Check the London Marathon website for this year's GFA times. AFAIK it's sub 3:45 for 18-40 year old ladies.

If you join a running club with the intention of applying for one of their club places, be aware that most clubs have conditions for applying. My club requires you to have been a member for two years.
20/04/2005 at 17:18
For women 18-49 is sub 3:45. But for me it would be sub 3hrs so when Satan buys ice skates I'll be there !
20/04/2005 at 17:20
Foo Bar - a bit of a stretch??????????? No I think I am in agreement with Jon M about Satan and ice skates!! definitely!
20/04/2005 at 17:33
Just apply and keep everything crossed (might make running a bit tricky though)
20/04/2005 at 17:53
Be adventurous. Do a different marathon next year. Rome? Prague? Moscow? Easter Island? Luton?

20/04/2005 at 18:45
Easter Island? Do you have any info on this?
20/04/2005 at 19:16
20/04/2005 at 19:21
Thanks. I like the idea of doing international marathons. This one would probably be a bit special.

Has anyone seen the 'crazy ants' documentary, where the ants are attacking the migrating red crabs? The way the sea turns red is beautiful :)
20/04/2005 at 21:31
Run for a charity. I did last year and was lucky again when a ballot place came up for me this year.

Raising the money puts people off, but it's not as difficult as it seems. I didn't take a Gold Bond place this year because everyone was so generous last year, I didn't think they would give again.

Last week though, I was forced to put a sponsor form on the wall of my school's staffroom coz so many people were asking to sponsor me! Instantly £100 appeared.

And after all, for many of us charity is a large part of the race - and those people who mock the charity runners may wish to consider how much of a future the race would have if it didn't raise £30m every year!
20/04/2005 at 21:37
"I ran on a Golden Bond charity place this year - but can't rely on friends & family etc being so generous year after year"

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