Unique Key for Ballot Entry

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08/08/2009 at 21:19

I am just wondering, maybe the second chance entries might have a better entry odds than the iriginal ballot? Maybe just hoping for too much.....

08/08/2009 at 21:22
I haven't received one either
09/08/2009 at 08:22

I've not had one either but I did manage to get an entry in to the ballet, does this mean there will more people in the ballet than when they originally closed it (presuming the second chance entries go in to the same ballot)?? Why did they not just increase the amount of ballet entries in the first place and how have they decided who to send the second chance email to? I don't know, it all seems very random this year.

Maybe The second chance emails are going out to people who entered the ballet and haven't been successfull and if you haven't got one it's because you have already been given a place (you just don't know it yet) or maybe that's just wishfull thinking too

09/08/2009 at 18:07

I was sent a second chance as I had apparently been rejected three years in a row (I thought it was two but there you go). It went to my junk box and after reading it I deleted it as I wasn't intending to run anyway. Having thought about it I decided I would give it a go and if rejected I could build up the number of rejections. Unfortunately I can't recover junks I deleted so that's that.

Having said all that I ran this year as I got a club entry so I thought that would nullify previous rejections????

10/08/2009 at 07:45

Spoke to our secretary last night, seems a couple of our team mates received this e-mail, his understanding though is that they will not be entered for 2010 as entry is full and closed, it is only to allow people to keep up their consecutive rejetions, will let you know outcome when he has contacted LM

Rodski, ring up LM to confirm your rejections and say you never received e-mail, you running on a club place is the same as o GB, it does not affect your personal application.

Good Luck

10/08/2009 at 19:53

I read my email again, it states that I will be entered into the ballot for a place in the 2010 marathon. I hope this has helped me into next years race and improved my odds of being selected. The email stated I had missed out four years in a row, so if I don't get an entry for next year i will be in for 2011.

11/08/2009 at 09:44

Robert, had you already got a place in the ballet for 2010 or were you one of the ones who missed out?

Surely there is a simple answer to this for next yerars ballet entries, instead of having a limit to the number of ballet entries, just leave the ballet open for a set amount of time (maybe 1 month) for everyone to enter regardless of how many entries they get, but when the times up, close the ballet and that's it, no more entries, if you've missed out then you only have yourself to blame. Maybe it's not quite that simple in reality but the principle's there

11/08/2009 at 18:11

I had entered the ballot back in April this year, I got confirmation emails etc. So it came as a great surprise to find out from Virgin HQ that I hadn't entered for the 2010 marathon. So I've completed the 2nd chance application and we will see what turns out when the ballot is drawn.

11/08/2009 at 21:37
Hill.. I agree with you in principle, though there is a downside. The longer the ballot remains open, the more entries they will receive. At the present limit of circa 120,000 entries the ballot odds/chances are roughly 1 in 5. Chances of 1 in 8, 1 in 10 etc would surely be likely with an increased entry over a longer period.
Edited: 11/08/2009 at 21:37
12/08/2009 at 12:57

I got a second chance email and the key worked - I formed the clear view that that would mean I am IN the ballot for 2010 (after three consecutive rejections).  If they've this sent this out just so people can sustain their rejections tally then its pretty dishonest.  Dave Wood 4 did you get any joy from LM as to whether that was the case?

Can someone remind me how many consecutive rejections you need for an automatic place - in my head its five but one of my colleagues swears its seven.

12/08/2009 at 16:40
It is five consecutive rejections, in on the sixth
Edited: 12/08/2009 at 16:40
12/08/2009 at 20:55
All so interesting to read all the blogs, my twin brother was among those that lost out unable to log in to enter,I got entered myself, but he missed out  last year also, and we are now 75, he hopes he gets a second bite at the cherry e-mail, but has heard nothing yet, good luck to you all.
13/08/2009 at 10:17
Sorry have yet to speak with secretary will let you know asap. Just had a thought though, wonder if they are using the 1000 or so entries that they keep back for those who bequeth so as not to over-load the 125,000 maximum application?
15/08/2009 at 15:00

Well, after deleting my second chance entry and then deciding I did want to run after all, yesterday I received another e mail from London telling me they had not yet received my entry and were giving me another chance. Bloody hell, they are virtually begging me, maybe I should demand an appearance fee.

Anyway, I have now entered and we will see what happens from here on in. The irony is I have no intention of running in 2010 but if I get rejected it willcount towards my five in a row and if I get in I will defer.

15/08/2009 at 21:07
They'll probably find the original entries and then chuck us all out of the ballot for entering twice.
25/08/2009 at 08:20
Received a letter this morning saying they had 'rechecked' my 5 rejections and I am therefore in next year. Hoorah! Hope those of you in the same situation receive yours too
25/08/2009 at 08:21
Popsider- LOL by the way!!!!!
25/08/2009 at 23:13

It would be interesting if we get 2 rejection magazines or acceptance mags in the post? We might get a lifetime ban for having multiple entries!

31/08/2009 at 21:14
I ended up phoning them up - they said they are cancelling the second entry because my first was still valid - did think perhaps if I'd left it I'd have had twice the chance in the ballot.  

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