When can I enter the ballot?
Can anyone tell me whether there's a reminder service that one can sign up to in order to be able to apply for the London Marathon 2012 as soon as the ballot opens? I really really really want to enter but can find no information! I've been on the Virgin London marathon site a million and one times, and checked the forums on here.
I entered the Great North Run last year and made use of BUPA's reminder service.
When can I enter the London Marathon 2010? It's driving me crackers, thinking that I might somehow end up missing entry day!!!!
Jennifer, from what I can recall I think the ballot usually opens the day after the marathon has run. Then the website normally crashes due to the volume of people hitting on it! I think that's the way it goes - if not, I'm sure someone else will come along and correct me.
I will be entering as well done 10 Londons last one about 5 years ago. If I donr get in willdo Loch Ness in October - guaranteed to get in if you apply early I believe
I was having the same problem as JenJen. Didn't get in for 2011 hopefully will next year
Hey everyone. I'm also consider London Marathon 2012 after completing my first marathon last weekend (Great Welsh Marathon in Llanelli). Bit confused about this ballot process but in terms of getting in, this is what I've been told so far... please correct me if I've been informed incorrectly...
Very good chance if you've got a "good for age" time (something I'm no where near)
If you can raise £2000 then you can pretty much guarentee yourself a charity place
Without meeting one of the above criteria, your chances are 1 in 50
Could someone explain a bit more about the ballot system - you say the website usually crashes but it's not on a first come first served basis is it? Also - does it ask about previous marathon experience? Will it help my application that I've completed a marathon or have no effect at all?
Good for age guarantees a place (only for UK runners)
Charities will grant you a place if you pledge to raise a set amount (was £1,500 but may now be £2,000) I don't know how strict this requirement is as I've never entered this way.
The ballot chances are not great, but I'd say more like 1 in 6 or 7. I've got a 3 in 9 record.
The ballot is not first-come-first-served, so getting in early has no effect. there is a closing date though, so make sure you apply before then.
There are various theories regarding how the information you supply when you enter increases/decreases your chances. I think the official line is it has no effect, but I'll let someone else comment if they think differently.
Hope this helps!
Can anyone tell me how much it is to enter and how do you pay. Do you only pay once you have got a place or have you got to pay a fee to enter the ballot? Many thanks.
First of all a huge congratulations to all of those who have done the marathon today, well done.
What i would like to know is when the ballot closes how long is it before those who get an entry are notified? If i dont get entry via the ballot I will go down the charity route, but it will be a hard for me to raise £2-3k.
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