London marathon

2013 ballot

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25/04/2012 at 11:04
Hi,

Does any one know, when they open entries for the London marathon, for 2013.

Felt very inspired watching it on Sunday.
Cheerful Dave    pirate
25/04/2012 at 11:06
30th April.
25/04/2012 at 12:02
Other marathons are available
25/04/2012 at 12:58
Thank you
25/04/2012 at 14:35
ABBY Hughes 2 wrote (see)
 Felt very inspired watching it on Sunday.

I can assure that at miles 19-23 I did not feel very inspiring
25/04/2012 at 18:33

Emmy - i match your mile 19-23 not very inspiring feeling and raise you to a 17 - 26 mile of not feeling very inspiring. BUT i DID feel inspiring from mile 1 - 8.  Shame the finish line wasn't in mile 8.75

LIVERBIRD    pirate
25/04/2012 at 20:10
Your chance in the ballot is now about 8%.
So.....the 'other marathons' point becomes more pertinent.
25/04/2012 at 20:35

@Kaffeeg - I think you'd win.... I call your crap miles from 17-26 with a stomach cramp from mile 5 But you're right- it's harder than you think!

LB's right - the odds in the ballot are so small now - it's worth considering another marathon...

26/04/2012 at 09:44
LIVERBIRD wrote (see)
Your chance in the ballot is now about 8%. So.....the 'other marathons' point becomes more pertinent.


How did you get the 8%?  I understood that there were circa 20,000 ballot places and 120,000 or so applicants.  Where did my maths go awry?

26/04/2012 at 10:10
I've heard the figure 8-10% being bounded about before on here or via the VLM communication.
26/04/2012 at 10:16
Because 120,000 isnt the number trying to enter, that is the number that clear the first hurdle.
26/04/2012 at 10:20

Emmy - hehe!  Ahhhh, with stomach cramp does raise the stakes.  I had a seized bottom mile 8 and had to pull my trousers down (HAD TO!) to have the st john's ambulance people massage me.  Perhaps we both win the jackpot?!

I think they only take 120,000 entries in the ballot don't they?  And more than that number try to get into the ballott?

Anyway, good luck!

26/04/2012 at 10:27
Ally Watson wrote (see)
LIVERBIRD wrote (see)


How did you get the 8%?  I understood that there were circa 20,000 ballot places and 120,000 or so applicants.  Where did my maths go awry?


Thats how i understood it to be (although never really believed thats what actually happens)

Anyway gotta be in it to win it

27/04/2012 at 09:07

Well, am gonna apply next year as got turned down this if I dont get in will do Loch Ness

Just want the challenge of the distance. Done 10 Londons now and to be honest the last 2 miles along the embankment drive me mad with the noise !!

Wont be to long before you will not be able to run it unless your doing it for a charity.

27/04/2012 at 09:20
Nah....charity places finite and they pay for them a good deal more than we do! I blieve there's 170,000 accepted, 50,000 places (All categories) offered and yet year in, year out 12,500 don't get to the start. Heard the same stats from mara organisers in  the US about no shows. London would be stuffed if everybody did turn up tho!
3.30 Loch Ness sells out pretty fast and it has a small limited field although there are some charity places there too!
27/04/2012 at 09:54

From the pfficial site it's 125,000:

The public ballot entry system for next year’s Virgin London Marathon will open to all applicants on Monday 30th April. The ballot entry system will close when we have received a total of 125,000 applications. Last year the ballot reached this maximum within 24 hours, so get your application in fast.

27/04/2012 at 15:41
I done London two years ago, but cant remember what time the ballot opens on the 30th. Does anybody know?
28/04/2012 at 14:26
Is it midnight sunday?
cougie    pirate
28/04/2012 at 16:33
Id try even before it's meant to be live.
28/04/2012 at 16:53

shush cougie!!! Don't tell everyone my plan....

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