VLM 2014 Good For Age

How often do they change the requirements?

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15/04/2013 at 13:56
I have seen quite a lot of race reports where people have said they have now got GFA for the 2014 race. The website currently only has the standards for 2013 on there. Do some people have insider info or are they just hoping that the requirements stay the same for next year? I currently have a fast enough time but am not counting my chickens until I see the 2014 times.
15/04/2013 at 14:12

I think the times have been static for a few years, so people are assuming that they will qualify.  No one has a defnite place in VLM 2014 yet, as they still have to apply for the GFA place - but its not a ballot so as long as your time is good enough you should be OK.

I guess the 2014 GFA criteria will be added next week after the marathon and prior to the ballot opening, as they'll want to prevent GFA-qualified applicants filling up the ballot entry system.

Cheerful Dave    pirate
15/04/2013 at 15:16

They muck about with them every few years - in 2003 the GFA time for U40 men was 3:15, for 2004 it was 3:00, then it went back out to 3:10 around 2008/2009 or so.  Usually there are rumours of an impending change before any official announcement, and if there were any such mutterings they'd be on here by now, so I'd be surprised if there are any changes for 2014.  Especially, as stutyr points out, that the ballot entry is so early these days.

15/04/2013 at 23:49
A few months ago I telephoned them to ask if the times for 2014 would be the same as 2013's and the lady I spoke to said that they would.

I'd feel very let down if I was given false information.
16/04/2013 at 08:13
I'd be gutted if I finished in 3.01 and then they said they were changing it to 3 hrs.
16/04/2013 at 23:43
Yes, I'm 39 and ran 3:01:32, so would be gutted if they did!
22/04/2013 at 20:55
So would I. Finished yesterday in 3:00:06.
23/04/2013 at 10:05
I suppose they will update the website when the ballot opens in a few days.
23/04/2013 at 10:05
I suppose they will update the website when the ballot opens in a few days.
23/04/2013 at 10:36

They really should change the GFA times to make them rational & fair, but I'm not holding my breath!

 

23/04/2013 at 10:53

ooh I hope they dont change them for my category 40 mins! I got 4.11 which means I now qualify, I am so excited to have done that!

cougie    pirate
23/04/2013 at 13:15
It would be interesting to see how the flow of people went on Sunday.
They need the GFA people to spread the field out or you'd have a big gap after the elites went through, and then a logjam of people running 3.45 or so.

If they do tinker with the ages they'll still want to keep people flowing through. I think ?
23/04/2013 at 13:26
After watching the BBC coverage I recorded there didn't appear to be any GFA runners as after about 2.15 they went straight back to focussing on Tower Bridge.
cougie    pirate
23/04/2013 at 13:33
They did have coverage (a teeny bit) of the Fast GFA people coming round Big Ben but not actually finishing. I'd happily watch the Mall coverage.
23/04/2013 at 13:56
I finished right behind Chris Finhil who is a LM ever present and all at sub 3 so though that might have got a mention.
23/04/2013 at 13:56
I finished right behind Chris Finhil who is a LM ever present and all at sub 3 so though that might have got a mention.
cougie    pirate
23/04/2013 at 14:54
Blimey - thats a hell of an achievement ! I'm surprised they didn't pick that up.

(is it just me that's a bit fed up of fastest marathon in "insert wacky costume here" ?)
23/04/2013 at 15:01
Ouch Chris! What a fantastic yet frustrating time. 6 seconds of torment.
28/04/2013 at 17:30

I just checked the VLM website and it says that the GFA times and application process won't open until the end of May. That seems bonkers, as I now feel as if I have no choice but to enter the ballot, in case they change the criteria and I no longer qualify.

Anyone know something I don't?

Thanks

28/04/2013 at 17:48

Hi Kitten Kat - I just ran 3.50.38 and I'm 50, so the previous limit was 4 hours. If they change it to 3.50, I'll have to go to Virgin and kill someone!!

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