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Is this a guaranteed place?

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30/03/2012 at 16:38

Has anyone on here gone through the GFA process for London. My PB`s are nudging close to the 3hr10min mark.

If I was to achieve a sub 3.10 does this meean I`m guaranteed a place for London 2013 as I can`t really face the ballot again. I`d rather just put the extra effort in.


30/03/2012 at 16:42
If you achieve your GFA time you need to submit proof to VLM when you apply for a GFA place and as long as they accept your evidence you're in.
30/03/2012 at 16:46
Thanks for the info, now all that extra effort will be worth it
30/03/2012 at 17:00

The timescales are also different for GFA, so you have a bit longer to apply and perhaps even have another crack.  Also, if you ran the qualifier in the London race, just point them to that; no real need to send it in.

I've done GFA entries for 7 years now and, as you say, it's worth it just to avoid the ballot and charity place madness.  They also relaxed them from 3 hours to 3:10 (for under 40s) just last year, which they previously were back in 2002, so you want to seize the opportunity before they change their minds again.

It makes sense to the organisers, because it's a way of spreading the field out better; as you will hopefully see, the finish area is amazingly empty at around that point and only really starts getting manic 15 or 20 minutes later, by which time you're in the Red Lion with a fresh pint.

30/03/2012 at 17:09
Last year the GFA closed earlier - July I think.  Don't miss it like I did one year!  
30/03/2012 at 19:39
3.10 for under 40's? That seems a bit soft. It used to be 2.45 didn't it?
Cheerful Dave    pirate
30/03/2012 at 22:55
You might be thinking of the championship entry SR, which has been 2:45 for a while now.  The under 40 GFA time was 3:15 for 2003 entry, then went to 3:00 for a few years before going back to 3:10.  It may have been quicker way back, certainly the numbers of folks getting quick times has decreased over the years.
13/04/2012 at 18:48
I called the organiser and apparently it is staying at 3.10 for this year. Very different fro
New York which is heading down to 2.50
13/04/2012 at 19:10

Dont forget that a qualifying time can be used twice for GFA places.

So running a qualifying time now would qualify for both 2013 and 2014.

23/04/2012 at 14:32
Have the GFA times been confirmed for 2013 yet?
23/04/2012 at 16:18
I'm guessing VLM will announce this when the ballot opens a week today.
23/04/2012 at 17:12
It would be nice if they could let people know before the ballot opens next Monday as there will be may people running over the weekend not knowing what they need to run to get GFA.
27/04/2012 at 17:48

I rang them up and they said the times are the same for 2013.  Phew as I did not have the best of runs and have made it  by a minute and a half!

28/04/2012 at 07:56

Well done on the time. Glad they are not changing the times, I kept worrying  that I`d end up running the race of my life in 3.09 on sunday not thinking about the ballot on monday and then checking on tuesday (after it is full) and finding the GFA time has been changed to 3.05. At least I know that if i havea poor race I need to enter the ballot. 

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