VLM : Championship or GFA ?

9 messages
28/04/2013 at 11:01

Hi there,

I'm planning to register for the VLM 2014. However, I don't know if I should enter via championship or GFA. The thing is that I ran 1h14 at the Bath half this year but I don't know if the championship criteria will be the same as last year (sub 1h15 on the HM). Also, I'm currently unattached, but I'm planning to become a member of a club very soon.

On the other hand I also ran a GFA qualifying time in 2012, but not as good as my HM time (3h06). 

Is there anybody on the forum who can suggest me what to do ? The thing is that I would like to try to beat my PB (2h33) so it would be nice if I was in a good start pen...

Thanks !



28/04/2013 at 11:18

Enter as GFA when that opens and then ring up later when the championship criteria become available and upgrade your entry (having first joined a club).

28/04/2013 at 11:28

Thanks literatin !

Do you know if the GFA entries usually fill up quickly (i. e. should I spend the night on my computer waiting that the entry system opens) ? 


28/04/2013 at 11:32

GFA is a guaranteed entry, so you just have to meet their deadline. I can't see the Champs criteria changing, but either way you can make your mind up when they confirm the details. Go Champs, race with Mo!

28/04/2013 at 11:37

Thanks Phil ! I had almost forgotten about Mo... It makes it even more exciting 

28/04/2013 at 12:23

I would join a club and go champs. Even if you got pen 1 off GFA it might restrict you at your pace

Edited: 28/04/2013 at 12:24
28/04/2013 at 12:46

Running wise, you'd be fine starting on either, but there's a better ratio of toilets to runners on the Champs start than the Fast Good for Age. Also, there'll be more people of your standard to run with on the Champs start.

30/04/2013 at 08:23

Denis - Champs entry is definitely the better option IMO.

Pudge    pirate
30/04/2013 at 08:41

kittenkat wrote (see)

Champs is a cleaner start and you get more loos

Is it cleaner because there are more loos?

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