VLM Registration - a Farce

17 messages
23/03/2012 at 14:26

Am i the only person who thinks the whole registration process is a complete farce? Thousands of us will arrive after a long train journey only to have to fight our way accross London to register and then fight our way across London to our hotel. The whole day will be gone - not a very relaxing day before the marathon!  This is stressing me more than running the marathon !

23/03/2012 at 14:29

It's so that they can check the identity of the runners, as one of the anti-black market strategies.

Or if I was cynical I could say that it was because they want you to spend money at the stands at Expo, and therefore support their sponsors.

23/03/2012 at 14:41

It's normal practice in many other countries.

And it's hardly a huge trek - it's a ride on the DLR.

seren nos    pirate
23/03/2012 at 14:41
I can't get there until the saturday afternoon but I have never found it stressful.......

if it stresses you why not go on one of the other days......not sure what you want them to change.....pick up your numbers in the morning at the start
23/03/2012 at 15:25
Or arrange to stay in Docklands - close to the expo. Easy to get to the start. sorted.
23/03/2012 at 15:28
It's far better organised than many others, bit more exciting, great for kit junkies and goes on for more days and longer than many. It's also more accessible than many I've been to although I look nostalgically back to when it was at the Barbican, then Docklands....maybe they coud move it to the O2. I've travelled up from Walesmid week throughto Saturday and have found, no matter which day, that it was not stressful. Relax and enjoy and liberate some cash on the non-sponsors who may make your favourite kit or check out another marathon
23/03/2012 at 15:47

I am staying near the Barbican - that would have been ok for me! Points taken - i will just enjoy the day and promise to spend some money whilst there.

23/03/2012 at 16:14

You can also get someone else to pick up your number for you.

Cheerful Dave    pirate
23/03/2012 at 16:15
I don't know if it's still the same, but at Berlin we had to walk for ages from the station through the entire expo to get to number collection at the far end of an aircraft hangar.  At least with London, if you want to just get your number & chip & then leave you can be back at the DLR pretty quickly after you get there.
LIVERBIRD    pirate
23/03/2012 at 19:49
I quite enjoy it.
It's part of the build up.
Plus, I bumped into Nam and KK last year and it was fun.
23/03/2012 at 20:00
I've enjoyed going to the Expo since 2009 and that's the only year I did it! In 2010 I went every day cos of support group pick ups, cost me a fortune there's so much nice stuff!!!! I love it, especially when - as LB says - you meet up with others from here
23/03/2012 at 20:43
One year I found myself running a bit late for registration, in fact I was the very last person to register. On arriving the official said I had exactly 1m09s to do everything so I had to sprint round and managed to leave the hall with just a few seconds to spare.  More stressful than the marathon!
cougie    pirate
23/03/2012 at 21:22
I enjoy it. If they didn't have it then you'd have a fantastic black market for places. Plus it would cost more as the expo subsidises the race.

Running 26.2 miles is tough. If you can't get a train and collect a number then Sunday will be torture.
LIVERBIRD    pirate
23/03/2012 at 21:25
Quite right too Cougs!
It should be pointed out that the expo has freebies too. And cheap stuff. I got a shedload of Hilly mono skins for two quid one year....
cougie    pirate
23/03/2012 at 21:28
And it's a great place to buy new shoes. Perfect for the race !

Oh and meet your mates.
24/03/2012 at 10:20
and get a massage, some pasta, t-shirt printed, have a beer, get your gait analysis checked, freak out with other terrified people
24/03/2012 at 12:14

I can't stand the expo and find it a massive inconvenience, and it's only 30 mins from work.  My usual aim is to see if I can get in and out in under 5 minutes.  Although I did once pick up a good book there, and did see Gebrselassie, so there you go.

However, I can see the argument that it discourages a secondary market in numbers, and is probably worth it just for that.  Although in New York, the expo is where you go to buy someone else's number - they stand outside and sell them.  Better than Seatwave somehow flogging them for £400 and claiming it's all above board and legal though.

And I can see that it's exciting if you haven't done it a dozen times before and don't mind the insipid music.

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