Virgin marathon ballot scam

Paid your fee upfront? Chances are, you didn't get in!

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03/10/2013 at 00:03

Anyone out there who took the option to give your entry fee to charity in exchange for a second chance at 1000 prize draw places get in? Doesn't seem likely. its a pretty clear cut line between those who paid up front and those who didnt. Those who didn't seemed to have been chosen over those who did, which raises the question, did I pay to be excluded from the ballot? 

03/10/2013 at 06:33
Of course you did.
03/10/2013 at 08:17

The only time I donated my entry fee to charity I did indeed get a draw place.

03/10/2013 at 08:27

I take it that you were unlucky?

seren nos    pirate
03/10/2013 at 08:28

someone posted on here that they paid and got a place.........

where did you get your info from......

if you are basing it on the people who posted on here then your findings will be wrong...most people on here are regular runners who won't be persuaded to get that slightly better odds of getting in for the donation.....

but out of those thousands who watched the marathon on the tv and entered the ballot for the first time then most of them would have donated and would not have posted on here......

in this house 3 people didn';t donate but none got in...

have you won the millions on the national lottery just take it you are unlucky and chuck the conspiracy theory

03/10/2013 at 08:35

Do you have lots of evidence for this Marathon Rookie? Because it doesn't seem "clear cut" to me.

My OH got a place in 2003 - he bequeathed.

I got a place in 2011 (deferred till 2012) - I didn't.  

03/10/2013 at 08:45

" Doesn't seem likely"

I dont get how you can possibly draw this conclusion, unless ........ and I have a feeling we'll never hear from you again, but lets see ........ you can provide evidence of the number of people who were in the second chance draw.

If there were only 1001 people in the draw, I could see how you might feel there was a conspiracy if you didnt get in.

If there were 20,000 people in the draw, then simple basic math can help you work out the likelyhood of gaining a place.

So how many people did enter the 2nd chance draw ...... since if you dont know the answer to that, then your whole post becomes null and void.


Pudge    pirate
03/10/2013 at 09:03

Sounds like you could be on to something there Marathon Rookie.  Maybe you should report this to Watchdog, or perhaps flagging it up with Mulder and Skully might be a better bet.

If you do ever manage to get a place in the ballot (i.e. by NOT bequeathing your entry fee) then make sure you wear your tin foil running shorts and vest, in order to block the radio signals being broadcast by secret intelligence. 


Lee the Pea    pirate
03/10/2013 at 09:12

' Those who didn't seemed to have been chosen over those who did.' 

So other than just completely making that up based on a few folk on here who have paid and not gotten in, where are you getting your information from???  Just because you obviously paid, then didn't get in, it is a bit of a stretch to call the entire thing a scam.  Also, if you'd really thought about it, over 100,000 people apply, god knows how many pay for the extra chance at a place, so your chances of getting one are not likely to be that great. 

I do get annoyed that so many people seem to slag off the London Marathon - usually those who didn't get a place.  It makes me wonder why all the moaners applied in the first place?!?!


03/10/2013 at 09:18

I got a phone call from one of our group which started with the line, 'I didn't get in, and neither did you' . Obviously curious to know how he knew this, I quizzed him on bis intel. There are roughly 20 people in our collective group, all different ages, all geographically separated, not related, different standards etc. and guess what? All those who paid in advance were rejected and all those not paid, without fail, got in. My question is, who did get In this way? And how many?

03/10/2013 at 09:21

I didnt pay ......and I didnt get in.

My girlfriend didnt pay ...... and she didnt get in.

If we were in your group, there would be 2 for a starter to skew your statistics.


03/10/2013 at 09:35

What is "your group" out of interest?

Tommygun2    pirate
03/10/2013 at 09:45

I bequeathed my entry in for the 2012 VLM and got through on the 1000 place draw

03/10/2013 at 09:47

theres always one to stir the pot!


Pudge    pirate
03/10/2013 at 09:52

I didn't pay - I got in.

My wife didn't pay - she didn't get in.

My dad didn't pay - he didn't get in.

My work colleague didn't pay - he didn't get in.

What does that tell you MR?  Other than the fact that we're all tight arsed Northerners who didn't want to risk paying and not getting a place? 

03/10/2013 at 10:04

Well I think that's pretty much blown your theory out of the water Marathon Rookie.

Your "group" (whatever it is) clearly isn't a broadly representative group. Nothing more than that.

03/10/2013 at 10:19

I've entered the ballot three times-first time got in, second rejected,third time donated fee and got in . In all cases donated. I wonder if your chances inrease if you put down a fast estimated finish time?

03/10/2013 at 10:27

Perhaps the "collective group" is an angry mob bearing pitchforks. They do tend to get more noticed than those who say "oh well, maybe next year".

My advice is to let the wounds heal, and then hire a bus for the collective group to run Milton Keynes. I heard it was better; in fact everyone I asked said it was better.

03/10/2013 at 10:48

I've gotten in twice once when I bequeathed and once when I didn't. MR there are other marathons.

03/10/2013 at 10:51

i guess as they want a representation spread across all the times for the race i would have thought anyone putting down a time that is around the GFA or better and trying to get through the ballot is at a large % disadvantage. as majority of these places are already taken.


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