London Marathon Good For Age

is it or not???

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27/04/2013 at 14:03

I wonder where my 3:15:48 will get me since sub 3:15 is champs.  If they use the same rule for ladies and men now then there'll be no ladies on the FGFA (unless of course they don't quality for champs for not being a club member).

27/04/2013 at 14:55

Hi Minni- it's got be the green start again so I can see what I missed this year

The VLM website says for GFA look at the end of May. Why then when the ballot opens on 29th April? a bit of joined up thinking is needed 


27/04/2013 at 15:10

Minni, what's your half PB? I bet with that marathon time you can't be too far off sub-1:30 to sneak onto the champs start...

27/04/2013 at 15:14

If you are a male under 40 with a 2.54 would you enter the ballot or hope the new gfa time will be 3.00 at toughest and not 2.45 like New York? 

27/04/2013 at 15:19

My half is well over 1:32 but I'm going to try and get it sub 1:30 during the summer. I tend to be faster the further to go!

27/04/2013 at 15:23

Chris, you might as well enter the ballot; you've nothing to lose by it.

Minni, you can always upgrade your gfa entry when you get your sub-1:30. 

Edited: 27/04/2013 at 15:24
27/04/2013 at 15:30

Can you do that? Upgrade to champs start I mean...I'm similar to minni - GFA is OK (3.16 for me) but really hoping I can go sub 1.30 for a half later in the year (and after the GFA qualification closes). Will they change it to a champs starts if I get it?

27/04/2013 at 15:31

Freemers, yes they will; a friend of mine did it this year. Champs deadline is later too so you've got more time to qualify.

27/04/2013 at 18:52

I'm sure the champs deadline closed the beginning of January this year so loads of time. See you there Freemers!

27/04/2013 at 18:54

But if not Freemers, I wonder if we'll be on the FGFA start.   We'll find out when we get sent out the GFA entry form anyway because it has the running number on it.

27/04/2013 at 22:44

hellen: I think that is technically true (about sub 3:15 women who don't want to run on the champs start running in FGFA). However in practice...I saw one woman in total on FGFA last year, and 0 this year - and a quick check of the results gives three women in total on FGFA this year (who ran 3:01, 3:10, 3:20), compared with a thousand or so blokes.

Minni: unless they changed the rules, sounds like you slipped through the net - were there many women on FGFA when you were there?

Chris J77: I would not lose (and with 2:51 am not losing) any sleep over this, 2:45 is the champs qualifying time so I think there is zero chance of FGFA being there. 3:00 is the quickest I could see it being, where it was a few years ago. You are in for GFA, ignore the ballot.

27/04/2013 at 23:22

Piscator it was back in the day.  When they first started the FGFA.  I think I'd run about 3:31 at that stage and was on there twice.  I might be the reason they changed it! lol There was more than just me though!

28/04/2013 at 09:51

It used to just be called Vets Fast for Age, but was only for vets and had much tighter time requirements. Plenty of women (relatively), no celebrities and a good quick start off the front of the red start. Those were the days!,

28/04/2013 at 14:36

I ran VLM for the first time this year with a GFA entry and started in the green pen. I finished in 3.01, should I enter on championship or are these times changing too? I'm a bit confused with what to enter on, FGFA or championship? 

28/04/2013 at 14:52

Great time, Amy. The consensus seems to be that championship has better toilets.

28/04/2013 at 15:14

Thank you! Loved the race, the atmosphere was great! So maybe opt for FGFA? I just don't want to be hemmed in, although I was near the front it was still a little hard finding your space.

28/04/2013 at 15:17

Amy, I've only done it this year from the championship start but didn't feel hemmed in at all, so would definitely recommend it, as long as you're a club runner.

28/04/2013 at 15:21

Amy - you don't apply for a FGFA just a GFA and they decide whether or not you're fast! You obviously are!!   You'll definitely be on the champs next year because there's no way they'll change it that much, if at all.


28/04/2013 at 15:30

I'm not going to enter ballot, hope 2:55 gets me into FGFA.  I'm planning on running 1:14 for a half anyway in Nov for Champ start

28/04/2013 at 15:37

Thanks Minni that's great! I didn't actually think there was a FGFA. Already looking forward to it. I was maybe thinking of doing the Chester marathon in October for more marathon experience before hand! 

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