London Marathon Good For Age

is it or not???

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24/04/2013 at 17:19
One gear,

I had 3 11 and was just an ordinary Gfa this year, so 3 15 is not the cut off. Maybe it was 3 10?
Got 3 05 this year so see where I end up in 2014.
cougie    pirate
24/04/2013 at 17:22
I had 3.09 and i was ordinary GFA but I think I put my estimated time as 3.14 or similar.
24/04/2013 at 17:25
I estimated my time as 3!
24/04/2013 at 17:31

These are the qualifying times for Boston - I wouldn't mind London adopting these, especially since it is the age at the date of the race you are competing in!!! I will be 50 so would need 3:30 as opposed to 3:15!

I can't imagine being that lucky!

 

•For the 2014 Boston Marathon, qualifying times must be run on or after September 22, 2012 •The acceptance of official race entrants will be based on qualifying time, with the fastest qualifiers (in relation to their age and gender) being accepted first until the race is full •All qualifying times are subject to review and verification •All standards below are based on official submitted net time •All standards below are equal to the 2013 Boston Marathon qualifying standards •The qualifying times below are based upon each athlete's age on the date of the Boston Marathon in which they are participating

Age Men Women 18-34 3:05 3:35 35-39 3:10 3:40 40-44 3:15 3:45 45-49 3:25 3:55 50-54 3:30 4:00 55-59 3:40 4:10 60-64 3:55 4:25 65-69 4:10 4:40 70-74 4:25 4:55 75-79 4:40 5:10 80+ 4:55 5:25
24/04/2013 at 17:33
MattyWelsh wrote (see)

I called up today to check whether the GFA criteria is changing, and was told that it will be the same in 2014 as it was in 2013.

Thank you for posting this! I squeaked under the Ladies' GFA with 3:48 in Amsterdam so I was getting worried after seeing they took the chart down off the site. Annnnd relax....

cougie    pirate
24/04/2013 at 17:35
Its a different race though isn't it ? They can't fill it with club runners or it won't be the charity-fest that it is at the present.

Also I wonder if Boston will have to revise those - just about everyone will want to run it next year ?
24/04/2013 at 17:45

I have to say that, despite being told on the phone yesterday that the qualifying times will be the same, I am slightly concerned by this! I think I'll stick my name in the ballot just in case, and then hope for the best!

24/04/2013 at 18:01
I was a bit disappointed at the all important toilet runner ratio at the green start. The question were huge. Plus it seemed that loads of slow runners had pushed their way to the front.
24/04/2013 at 23:09
DS2- where did you find the Boston times? Is the 2014 site up now. Looks like I have a 55 year old QT by 31 mins unless Cougies pessimistic view is correct
MWelsh -that's should be great news unless your pessimistic thoughts are correct too.
What time is needed for a FGFA ?
24/04/2013 at 23:22
Surrey - toilet ratio wasn't too bad on FGFA. I loved the announcers comment on Sunday when we were lined up at the start on the FGFA. It was something like "the police aren't watching at the moment, so if you need a last minute pee ....."
25/04/2013 at 10:15

Hi everyone, thanks for the comments on this thread, really helpful!

I did VLM 2012 on a golden bond place, and when I got rejected by the ballot again last year (for the fourth time), I have spent the last year working towards Brighton for a GFA place, I got 3.44 and was so happy that I'd done what I needed to do! Agree that to change the goal posts now would be totally unfair unless they made them more favourable (for men).

If they did change it negatively, presumably it would only be by five minutes and so I would still be safely in...

In a quandry over whether to enter the ballot just in case...

 

25/04/2013 at 11:16
I've just called VLM and was told that they are still discussing the GFA times for next year. I told her my time (3:29) and asked whether this should be OK, since it is
21 mins quicker than current GFA (3:50). She advised me to still go for the ballot and said if I get a ballot place but am then eligible via GFA, they would cancel the ballot place and transfer to GFA place. Feel nervous now as thought I would be running again next year

As an aside, when my dad ran the VLM in the early 80s, they didn't have GFA, only championship places. He had to run sub 2:35 in the Marlow marathon, his first ever marathon to get in! So I suppose we should all stop moaning
25/04/2013 at 12:39
Slowkoala wrote (see)
I've just called VLM and was told that they are still discussing the GFA times for next year. I told her my time (3:29) and asked whether this should be OK, since it is
21 mins quicker than current GFA (3:50). She advised me to still go for the ballot and said if I get a ballot place but am then eligible via GFA, they would cancel the ballot place and transfer to GFA place. Feel nervous now as thought I would be running again next year

Ugh, I thought I was all safe, too! I wish they'd just decide already, and honor those of us who've already qualified under the 2013 times. I was hoping to avoid the ballot stress again, and having all the GFA runners apply in the ballot unecessarily just takes away chances from other runners. Strange way to go about it...

Thanks for posting this update though!

25/04/2013 at 12:52

I was also told by VLM (or should that be VMLM) that they are definitely reviewing the GFA times and that the Race Director hasn't made a decision and that anyone close should definitely apply via ballot.

25/04/2013 at 13:23

2Oldnever - found it when I did a google search!

Cougie - good point about then 'charity fest'. The thought did cross my mind as well.

Slowkoala - didn't have GFA when I was running in the 90's either. Only champs at sub 2:45.

cougie    pirate
25/04/2013 at 13:32
I wonder how many people get in on GFA ? Is it everyone on Green start and the FGFA people on red ?
25/04/2013 at 14:01

DS2-I have snce thanks.The sooner VLM publishes its GFA policy the better.This is causing me unnecessary anxiety-why didnt I defer this year due to injury!!!!

cougie    pirate
25/04/2013 at 14:09
If only there was some kind of running magazine that could delve into this kind of thing eh and get the inside info. Aah we can dream.
25/04/2013 at 15:10
Arghhh, why do they do this to us? You would think that they would have made this kind of decision before this year's race and publish any changes? This would then avoid the mad rush to get in via the ballot and then all the administration to move runners from a ballot place the GFA place!

Rant over.
25/04/2013 at 15:14

Cougie - the green start also includes the celebs and anyone going for a Guinness record, I'm not sure if there is anyone else. 

As for slow people at the front of green - well the celebs start at the front and then the rest of us.  I didn't have a pen number on my race number so when I asked I was directed to pen 3.  I was 2 pens ahead of both the 3:45 and 3:56 pacers and I told them I was aiming for sub 4.

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