London Marathon Good For Age

is it or not???

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26/04/2013 at 16:39

If they are going to make an annoucement this afternoon. They better be quick because most of them will be off to the pub before 5.00.

26/04/2013 at 17:06

can I just ask are people with GFA on here entering the ballot or just waiting for the GFA ballot/entry or whatever it will be?  I have qualified for the first time ever and would be gutted to miss out. I just keep reading and seeing different pieces of info

Edited: 26/04/2013 at 17:06
26/04/2013 at 17:07

cheers...

cougie    pirate
26/04/2013 at 17:17
Cant you do both ? You can enter the ballot without paying I think ?
26/04/2013 at 17:48

On the assumption that they won't make the over 40 time tougher than the existing under 40 time I should be ok so i won't be entering the ballot.  Wonder what percentage of 40 to 45s would get under the 3 10 mark?

26/04/2013 at 17:51

469/3703 did on sunday...

26/04/2013 at 17:56

I'm going to have a go at the ballot.....just in case!  

26/04/2013 at 17:58

If VLM haven't announce the changes, then in theory the existing GFA times still stands. It would be stupid for immediately change them without notice as it would be unfair to anyone thinking right now they achieved the qualifying time. If in doubt, enter the ballot and wait for the GFA times. I have a couple of contacts with VLM so I will try to find out Monday unless they get bombarded with phone calls!

26/04/2013 at 18:07

Thanks for that stat literatin, I would therefore be no 470 to miss out by 4 seconds

Be interesting to see what they come up with.

26/04/2013 at 18:10

Not quite, you were just pipped to 470th place by someone with 3:10:02.

26/04/2013 at 19:16
Paul Addicott wrote (see)
Mace, that is good stats there, looking at those I would hope the 3:10 would not change as that is not where the problem lies.

All I would say is New York and Boston have given ample notice when changing times. For London to change times now without notice would be ridiculous... Many have trained hard to achieve set times, now is not the time to move goalposts...
I would accept a tougher time next year (if I had to) but to finish the race, knowing I had achieved my time, to now be told I actually haven't, would be heart breaking

I couldn't agree with you more, as a lawyer I demand a judicial review! I just think it would be too controversial to move the goalposts at this point! So annoying, was hoping that I wouldn't have to stay up til beyond midnight on Sunday to enter the ballot...

27/04/2013 at 10:21

Going back to the FGFA thing. 

For women champs is 3.15 which someone also said was FGFA.

some women will have 3.15 but not qualify for champs if they are not in a club or an affiliated one.

also, I was reading the instructions and they are very strict about kit, has to be club vest not charity and no logos on kit

so a lady might have 3.15 and want to run in charity vest or not be in a club or want to wear sponsors kit so opt for FGFA rather than champs

i was in pen 2 green this year, very crowded and hard to get going.  Did 3.12 so hope they keep champs the same

27/04/2013 at 10:37

hellen, I'm not sure 3:15 would be fast enough for FGFA. Isn't the idea to let people who are expecting to finish in a really quick time get off to a fast start, irrespective of gender? It wouldn't make sense to mix slower women in with really speedy men just to balance the genders (and people on that start this year have said there were hardly any women). So you probably are better off ditching the charity vest and going for champs.

27/04/2013 at 10:55

I started in blue 2 this year, filtered in to mix at the back of blue 1 (elite), considering this should be the fastest field it wasn't a particularly fast start, many with a slower start... But with that many you come to expect a slower start I suppose 

27/04/2013 at 12:07

I'm not going to enter the ballot - I'm  just assuming/hoping  that my GFA of 3:41:37 is a big enough margin for the required sub 4 for Female 50-54!  I just wish there was greater clarification about the process now. My hope is that it will be online rather than snail mail as that creates too much angst...

27/04/2013 at 12:23

Helen - you'll be on FGFA next year if you don't take the champs. 

27/04/2013 at 12:28

Really? That's useful to know. Apparently they all wee on the ground over on the FGFA start though...

27/04/2013 at 12:39

I didn't when I was there!  I prefer the green though - much more fun. 

27/04/2013 at 13:41

Minni.. I could be wrong but I thought the 'qualifier' for the FGFA start was to have done a sub 3:10.  I was on there for a couple of years, when my qualifying time slipped to 3:13 I was allocated/relgated to the green start.

27/04/2013 at 13:56

I slipped onto there twice without even a sub 3:30!

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