I didn't want to run it anyway * fights back tears *
good idea on running around your local park Wayne.if you are the type who doesn't like coming last ...you should be made up with the thrill of coming fast.you can design your own t-shirt and choose your favourite drink..win win situation............
i felt the same as you about the national lottery...........now i just do my own lottery every week and I am a winner each week...........much better than living my life as a loser........
you can soon start being a winner instead of a loser by taking the marathon into your own hands.....
you have made the first step...
I didnt say all other marathons have 350 runners, but some do, and none have similar levels of participation and 'panache' to the LM, unless you want to travel overseas. (Possibly the GNR is an option...but guess what another 'ballot'.)
I'd be happier if it was a straight 6:1 ballot, therefore I'm just randomly unlucky, but looking at other threads it appears that the VLM is known not to be random selection, unless I wait 30 years and might have a chance as a 72 year old marathoner - , therefore it is not fair by any stretch of the imagination...fair means I have the same chance of entry as any other person.
Club running is something I don't enjoy..well with the club I tried and everything got too political. and I'm a long way off GFA...
Basically I'm depressed and eating chocolate biscuits.
Move away from the cookies, Wayne!!! That's not the answer...nor the bottle of wine I drank to commiserate myself for being such a loser.
I felt like that, every year until I finally got in...6th attempt! But serioulsy..it is shit, and not fair. But it's not going to change.
Honestly, keep trying. Join a club and try and get a club place. I have no hope of getting a GFA until I'm about 60. But there are ways in....also, if you are in a club and someone can't do it.....I didn't say that, I have never known of that happening
Meanwhile....the smaller marathons are much more friendly....people talk to you! In London, the crowds are what make it, Tower Bridge and the last 2 miles. Honestly...nip to Paris, or one of the other big UK marthons like Brighton for the feel a of a big one. But try the smalle ones..
But don't lose heart....there are alot of us out there, you're time will come....eventually.
London has honestly been my wortst marathon expewrience............hated it the first time....last year was only made bearable by stopping for a beer and food at mile 17........a 30 min break and and was ready to go......the views looked better after that
if i want views I go to snowdon or beachy head or the brecon beacons.................i only do london for the party.....
I have only run London once, and can honestly say that I preferred Brighton. Or as Seren so wisely comments go for Beachy - that race is good for the soul.
....runs through thread shouting "I'm a reject"
london flat though which i prefer, got london kilomarathon in 4 weeks and robin hood half on sunday. so my focus is on that. happy carb loading and looking forward to a glass of wine sunday afternoon. i get over it like last 4 years i have.
I feel rejected that I haven't even been rejected yet. No magazine at all!
still waiting for my mag too.
Will not be long before the only way in is via a charity place.
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