VLM predicted time

How can I find out what I put on my ballot entry

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03/10/2012 at 16:56

Just got a ballot entry for VLM 2013, much to my surprise & shock. (I did enter though )

I can't remember what I put as my predicted time though. Does anyone know how I can find out?

Also can you move to a slower pen if you need to?

cougie    pirate
03/10/2012 at 18:01

You could ring them maybe ?

Moving back a pen is fine though - the marshalls let you do that - its just jumping forward a pen that they wont allow. Or it would be chaos. 


Congratulations on the entry - you'll have a ball !

03/10/2012 at 21:49

Have to confess I can't remember either - it was so long ago and as I hadn't been running long so I think I assumed I would be faster. I am guessing at the Expo when we pick up our numbers/bags etc that we would be told which group to go in.  It must sound flippant but I honestly didnt think I would get a place so just guessed on the spot.  But if marshalls can stop you moving forward they must know by your number? colour of number? which one you are meant to be in?

03/10/2012 at 21:55

I'm not sure whether to defer on not. This was my 4th application that I continued as I was still part of the 5 rejections & you're in option. I run 3 times a week but haven't done long distances for a while.Had a very acute prolapsed disc 18months ago that had me using a wheelchair for some weeks. Now my Achilles is playing up a bit....

I thought maybe if I run/walk then I might just manage a 'get you round' time 

Camlo    pirate
04/10/2012 at 08:11
Your pen is written in small on your number, so yes marshals can see if you are hopping forward. 2 yrs ago I was carrying an injury on the day so I went into a slower pen to avoid being in the way and being dragged along by quicker runners.
JJ2 - hope you manage enough fitness to get around. Most people can manage that if they are sensible from the start and mix walking in right from the beginning. Good Luck
seren nos    pirate
04/10/2012 at 08:19

JJ2.........you can decide about deferring it up to teh day before London.so just see how things go for the next few months....good luck

04/10/2012 at 15:15

Any run/walk plan suggestions? I don't really want to be counting a 5 min run/1 min walk for 26.2m. Thought more like run 1,2, or 3 mile then walk for a set time.....

04/10/2012 at 20:48
I thought that vlm was different from say GNR, in that they mix the pens up so that they don't get a bottle neck at the end. In which case it doesn't really matter which time you put - unless you are ultra fast I suppose.
04/10/2012 at 22:11

I phoned up and told them my running number and they told me the time I had put down.

04/10/2012 at 22:24

Maybe I'll do that then


05/10/2012 at 08:48

Futurity - thanks for that - I had imagined it would be too much hassle to call them at the mo as they must be inundated with ballot queries but now will do-thanks.

seren nos    pirate
05/10/2012 at 08:54

Fiona.they have loads of pens and marshalls stopping people getting into the wrong pens.its hard enough to get running in the first 3 miles without mixing up all the different runners............

05/10/2012 at 21:27

I rang them to be told I had put 5 hours but I can change the pen in the 'next couple of months' but then it's fixed. Then he said that pen 6 is the slowest one & is for anyone with predicted times between 4hr45 & 10 hours!

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