London Marathon Good For Age

is it or not???

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cougie    pirate
24/04/2013 at 13:37
As a 40+ bloke - how fast would i have to run to get a Fast Good For Age as opposed to the normal GFA ? ( I didn't even know they had a FGFA until my brother got his !)
24/04/2013 at 13:57

I'm not sure if that was ever published by VLM. Maybe its a split based on numbers who applied that year.

What we need is the highest time from RW runners that got into the  FGFA pen. I applied and got in FGFA with 3:02

Anyone with a higher time?

24/04/2013 at 14:02

AR - I think you more than qualify after running 2:47 on Sunday!!! You should be in the FFGFA category!

24/04/2013 at 14:07
I got in FGFA with a 3.07.
cougie    pirate
24/04/2013 at 14:07
Oh FFS - I was just GFA with a 3.09 !

LOL at the FFGFA !
24/04/2013 at 14:09
What did you put down as your predicted time. I put 2.59.
cougie    pirate
24/04/2013 at 14:12
24/04/2013 at 15:50

I got 3:50.02 at my last marathon. 

Was hoping that i'd get in on GFA  on that, and have been told by people at my club that as long as it is under 3:51 i'll be OK. 

Can anyone confirm this, or am I two seconds too slow? 


24/04/2013 at 16:21

For the record, i did call VLM, and the woman on the phone didn't know. 

cougie    pirate
24/04/2013 at 16:31
I'd try it but you might be unlucky. They didn't let me off with 30 seconds the other year - but nothing ventured...
24/04/2013 at 16:34

Thanks Cougie. 

It is a mixed bag. They let someone in my club get a GFA at 3:52! So if they refuse, i'll feel a bit hard done by. 

Will try the ballot too. But have never had any luck with that either. 

Got a marathon coming up this winter, so will try to get a faster time to assure my entry! 

cougie    pirate
24/04/2013 at 16:40
I think it depends on how their trip into the office went....
24/04/2013 at 16:42

Website updated (see below)  - must have been today.  Not helpful that they arent releasing the times before the ballot


If you've already run a full marathon in a particularly fast time, you might qualify for an automatic 'good for age' entry into the 2014 Virgin London Marathon.


How do I apply?

Please refer back to the website at the end of May for details for qualifying times and details on how to apply. If you have any questions, please call us on 0207 902 0200.

Please note, only UK residents can apply for a good for age entry into the Virgin Money London Marathon. If you're applying from overseas you'll need to enter the overseas ballot.


24/04/2013 at 16:48

Without wanting to be controversial it may be more favourable for one sex over the other in respect of missing the GFA by  a few seconds.

I think we have to work on the assumption the qualification will remain the same. I am running on 12 may and will continue to assume I need sub 3;15.

cougie    pirate
24/04/2013 at 16:50
I'm thinking there must be changes afoot - otherwise why take down the chart showing the times you need ?

Maybe they'll make it easier !
24/04/2013 at 16:52
Seems an odd decision to not tell people until after the Ballot opens.
My conspiracy theory head is starting to get into gear.
24/04/2013 at 17:01


If you knew you had a GFA place then you probably wouldn't enter the ballot! 

Either way, good luck to everyone trying to get a place. 


24/04/2013 at 17:06

To qualify for FGFA you have to have done a GFA time and it also has to be sub 3:15.

 Whether they use their discretion, I don't know and of course since they made it easier for young men to get GFA they may start to have problems with too many at the FGFA start - it certainly has been much more crowded the last couple of years

24/04/2013 at 17:11
So there could be thousands of people entering twice. Just in case they bring the qualifying times down in May.
24/04/2013 at 17:12

Blimey, they do like a good tinker don't they.  Will be interesting to see if there are changes and in which directions for different categories.

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