Sub 3h15

For anyone trying to crack the 3h15 barrier anywhere in the world

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01/07/2013 at 23:34

Ant - no not me Re VLM. 


01/07/2013 at 23:38

This is what I got back from them (once I'd found it in the Junk folder):

Thank you for applying for a 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon Good for Age entry.

We will be checking your application and if accepted we will send you an email confirming your log on details and a link to allow you to complete and pay for your entry. You will receive this within 7 working days.

If you have any further questions please call the Virgin Money London Marathon Helpline on 0207 902 0200.

Kind Regards,

2014 Virgin Money London Marathon Team


I guess that means that if I cocked up with the application, I'm gonig to be too late to submit another one.

01/07/2013 at 23:59

Lorenzo I got that one but haven't had a log in yet.  Btw I'm at Castle Toward near Dunoon. 

02/07/2013 at 01:16

Popping into say congratulations to Miss Jones and well done to PMJ on raising such a clever and hard working daughter.

02/07/2013 at 07:15

As long as I can get out at my usual time before it gets too hot, I definitely prefer the summer so I can get out into the countryside. Pounding the streets by artificial light during the winter is not ideal (nor going round in circles in a field full of ice and snow). So a very nice 11 miles d&d today on a beautiful summer's morning out and back along the cycle path.

02/07/2013 at 07:31

No reply from VLM for me either- anybody had a confirmation yet for their GFA place?

02/07/2013 at 07:33

Pegasus, onto my 20th pair or thereabouts. Where do you find them at €50, I am paying £54.95.

Entered VLM on Friday (not goign to say VMLM) and canned reply so far. Says 7 working days which is 9th July and deadline is 8th July

02/07/2013 at 07:33

If and when we do hear something from GFA, how long have we got to enter, if successful?

02/07/2013 at 08:17

I submitted my application to VLM a few hours after it had opened so I guess I would be towards the front of the queue. I got a email from the GFA folks 2 days after I applied to say 'I had been verified' and they gave me an account name and PIN for me to go and ragister and pay.  Once I had done that they then sent me the following:


Dear Martin Hennelly,

Thank you for completing your 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon Championship entry.

Your reference number for the 2014 event is xxxxxxx.

You will be sent a final instructions magazine and a registration form by us in March 2014.

If you have further questions please call the Virgin Money London Marathon Helpdesk on 0207 902 0200.

Now that you have been accepted, make sure you have all the clothing and accessories you will need by visiting our online shop, .

Kind Regards,

2014 Virgin Money London Marathon Team


So champs start for me - maybe I'll line up at the back of that pen.

02/07/2013 at 09:03

Dammit, it's only July and I already feel left out of VLM (I've got an orchestra tour to Berlin next April and the main rehearsal clashes with VLM; on the basis that I haven't done an orchestra tour for 15 years I'm skipping VLM)...

02/07/2013 at 09:11

Bike it - what's your marathon pb/qualifying VLM time? Sounds like they've heard of your comrades glory.  

02/07/2013 at 09:35

Minni - my PB and VLM qualifying time is 3:10:33.  I'm just assuming they've got one email template for everyone whether championship or GFA and they will get it sorted over the next months. Unless that is I entered 2:10:33 by mistake

02/07/2013 at 10:11
Don't panic, I'm sure VLM know what they're doing.

17 miles for me last night, I attempted a few near the end at current MP based on heart rate. I could only manage 4 at about 7.15 pace before my legs screamed no more, they are not used to the impact of long runs at the moment. Only 120 miles of running in June is telling.
I'll get the bike sportive out of the way in a couple of weeks time and concentrate on some proper running.

I should have taken a drink as well, my head was pounding at the end.
02/07/2013 at 10:54

Just reading back after a hectic weekend of eating and drinking with very little running. Just dawned on me yesterday that my autumn marathon is only 14 weeks away, so mara training officially starts today! Re the Summer vs Winter debate. I personally prefer the cooler weather for running and have been known to run in a vest and shorts almost all year round but the temp here is not as extreme as the mainland. I don't even own a pair of tracksuit pants or those tight things. When the sun is shining all I want to do is chill on the beach and drink lots of vino.

PMJ - I have to echo the comments of all the forumites on here re your daughter. She will go far!

Gul - Well done on your PR, sub 19 beckons for you soon. Have you got any plans to race a 10k in the near future?

Lorenzo - Good PR too!!

Ant  - Yes I recall you mentioned you were coming to the UK with your Spanish students. Nice to fit in some races too and with some of the guys off here too! Hope your foot behaves itself. Nice Nike's and a good price too. I bought a new pair of Saucony rides yesterday and they only set me back £39!!!

02/07/2013 at 13:23

I phoned VLM and they are short staffed so working through the applications slower than expected.  They confirmed mine but will have to wait for the email to sort the entry out. 

02/07/2013 at 13:56

Bike it - what was your best Comrades time off that marathon time? 

02/07/2013 at 15:20

Minni - Stop pestering them - they're obviously trying to sort mine out and need to concéntrate.


02/07/2013 at 15:24

8 miles this morning in what I thought was drizzle but turned out to be horrendously high humidity. It was like running through treacle*.

Felt extremely tired from the start so amended the planned session to 5 x 1km @ a controlled 3:55, just to show myself it is possible...

I love my new shoes.

*All right, maybe I'm exaggerating here.

02/07/2013 at 15:56

Minni - I ran Comrades 2012 (Down) in 8:48 off a 3:20 PB.  This year I ran the up in 9:23 off a 3:10 PB.  I'm expecting sub 9 hour finish for a Bill Rowan medal from you come 2015

02/07/2013 at 16:10

But Bike It, you hadn't been well? Do think that slowed you up a bit this year? I'll put my cards on the table now and say I'll definitely be aiming for sub 9. After all I do hand two years to train!

Scotland is fecking miserable. Wet, cold and windy. Trying to stay positive for the 60 odd kids with me. Just been for an 8 mile run along the coast (without the children!) complete with 3 layers, hat and gloves.  It's summer ffs! 

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