VLM - 12th rejection today in 12 ballot entries...

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26/09/2013 at 12:43

...any one else this unlucky?!

26/09/2013 at 12:47

26/09/2013 at 12:52

My last 10 have been rejections, so you've beaten me!

26/09/2013 at 12:56

Count yourself luck you don't have to run a marathon!

26/09/2013 at 12:57

I'm sure the FLM/VLM only stopped the 5 rejections = automatic place about 3 years ago so how can either of you have so many consecutive rejections?

seren nos    pirate
26/09/2013 at 12:58

they must have had gaps in the ballot places...........this was the very last year for anyone to get the 5 rejections and an automatic place...........

seren nos    pirate
26/09/2013 at 12:59

I have 3 rejection magazines delivered today.........anyone got a higher stack

 

26/09/2013 at 13:02

Not sure how this has worked - if Stephen R has had 10 rejections on the spin he would certainly have qualified with the automatic place.

26/09/2013 at 13:05

You're right Screamapillar, but they weren't consecutive rejections.

2000-2004 inclusive - reject!

2005 I got in under the 5 times rejection rule (and ran it)

2006-2010 inclusive - reject!

2011 - again in under the 5 times rejection rule (having a baby then ruled me out of running so I deferred entry until 2012 - plantar facitis struck so I couldn't run)

2013-2014 inclusive - REJECT!

Some years I've donated my entry fee, some years I haven't.  Nothing seems to make a difference, I just never get picked out of the ballot.  I was curious whether anyone else had such a run of bad luck.  At some point, statistically, surely I should get lucky??

26/09/2013 at 13:06
Peter Collins wrote (see)

Count yourself luck you don't have to run a marathon!

I like your thinking!!

Edited: 26/09/2013 at 13:06
26/09/2013 at 13:08

My first received today! So if I get 5 rejections in a row, I should still make it before my official retirement age.

Pudge    pirate
26/09/2013 at 13:11

I've entered the ballot for the first time this year, and I have a good feeling about it...

However, even if I get in, I can't do it anyway, as I have another event planned.

 

seren nos    pirate
26/09/2013 at 13:12

Lady PB........I first enetered for 2006 and haven't been successful once..just ran it twice ....once through a running club place..and once through the 5 rejection rule............

I did get picked a different year for my running club place but put my name back as my hubby got the other place and we both couldn't run.........so neither of us have ever got a ballot place......

26/09/2013 at 13:31
Grendel3 wrote (see)

Not sure how this has worked - if Stephen R has had 10 rejections on the spin he would certainly have qualified with the automatic place.

You're quite right Grendel.  The last time I won a ballot place was for the 2003 race. Got rejected 2004-8 so that earned me a five-strikes-and-you're-in place for 2009.  Have now got rejections for 2010-4, which would have got me a 5-strikes place for 2015 had the scheme not finished with the 2014 event!  Most annoying.

26/09/2013 at 13:35
LadyPB wrote (see)
Peter Collins wrote (see)

Count yourself luck you don't have to run a marathon!

I like your thinking!!

I know people who celebrate like mad every time they get a London Marathon rejection magazine.

26/09/2013 at 13:36

I got 2 You're in magazines today.  I originally applied for a ballot place and then realised because I hit a significant birthday after Xmas I could apply for GFA, so did, and just forgot to cancel the ballot.  

I have cancelled it today so there is another place going back in the bag.

Perhaps a streak of luck about to begin

26/09/2013 at 13:39

Has anyone found out they have got in and they did not bequeth their money?

26/09/2013 at 13:51

Hmmm wonder if our magazines will have arrived today...............?!?!?!?

26/09/2013 at 14:29

Have no doubt I will not get in, but having run it 7 times and dropped out at half way once I suppose I am priviliged to have run it as many times as I have - last run it in 1998 - haven't tried many times since then to get a place - so I only really entered this year on spec - I have already got an entry for the Kent marathon although may abandon it for the Halstead marathon instead - my only goal is to plod round and enjoy it with my only target to finish within 2 hours of my PB.

26/09/2013 at 14:39
CliveS wrote (see)

My first received today! So if I get 5 rejections in a row, I should still make it before my official retirement age.

 

Clive, they stopped the count on the five rejection thing a couple of years ago.  

It's only available for people who were nearly there when they stopped it.

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