is it or not???
It goes by your age on race day, so I believe you can Wenty,
I've just discussed this on p and d site. I will be 39 next year. If I run a sub 3.15 at 39 or 40 can I use it as a gfa at 41.
Lit seems to think there was someone on a previous p and d thread that hit the time the year before and then used it as gfa.
Unless they change the rules again, it's always been age on the day of the race (VLM) that counts. So yes, you can run a GFA qualifying time for 50-59 when you're 49.
Having missed out via the ballot again I'm looking at trying to post a sneaky GFA time before the deadline this year. Are there any particular qualifying events or will all marathons give you proof of time that can be used for the application? Do we know when the deadline for applications is?
Maxwell the GFA entry will open sometime in June for about a month.
Most marathons will be accepted to get the GFA time from, the course must be certified marathon distance but most are. See the 100 marathon club website for details of races over the next few weeks
Thanks for your reply. Looking on 100 marathon club, Milton Keynes is too soon and Kent is full. Between Halstead and Richmond Park I suppose. Richmond is more convenient whereas Halstead looks a slightly flatter course which would be better for the purpose of posting a quick time!
at the idea of Halstead being a flat course..........
I take it I can cross that one off the list then! I haven't run either, was just going by the description on the RW events page which describes it as undulating as opposed to richmond being undulating/hilly
it's a beautiful race - open countryside, uncrowded and well supported. But 'undulating' is generous........ there must be a course profile somewhere?
This is the profile, seems quite flat if anything
Eek - might be flat if you are a sherpa! - But then you are talking to the Tortoise that does marathons like Berlin, Rome, Amsterdam, London, Brighton. Hilliest I have done was Barcelona, which I think had a gradient somewhere !
think it's all in the scale? there are a couple of steeper hills but lots of smaller ups and downs.....
I tried to find a profile of richmond but can't - but the park website itself shows that the largest hill in the park is just below 200ft with the base level being somewhere around 50ft so perhaps the ups and downs aren't that dissimilar?
is milton keynes really not an option? bound to be much flatter
apart from only having 10 days to ramp up my training i also have my stag do the night before MK. i just don't want it quite that much!
the finishing times for MK do reflect that it might be a quicker race although you never know who turns up on the day. perhaps i should target something later in the year and aim for the 2015 race but who know what the GFA requirements will be for that
A marathon the next day after your stag night - now that is a challange!
10 days to ramp up your training? what's your GFA target?
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