VLM Rejection Support Group

I didn't want to run it anyway * fights back tears *

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27/09/2012 at 20:45
Did you receive the sad Elvis rejection magazine? Are you getting annoyed at all the "Yay I'm in" posts in other threads and on Twitter? Are you suffering from ballot blues? If the answer is yes, share your pain here. Let us support each other through this difficult time.
27/09/2012 at 20:54

Bear waves friendly paw in your direction - I feel your pain - .

27/09/2012 at 21:01
Thanks Bear. I cannot even bring myself to break the seal on the Elvis magazine.

I guess I am in the first stage of rejectionitus. Denial.
27/09/2012 at 21:06

whats on the front of the congrats mag ???? is it Elvis as well

Dustboy    pirate
27/09/2012 at 21:10

Has anyone ever actually opened a rejection mag? I just chuck mine away untouched.

27/09/2012 at 21:19
I think the congrats mag has some regularly attired runners, the rejection mag is a "oh well, run for a charity then" thing - hence man in Elvis suit.
27/09/2012 at 21:25
Hubby's congrats mag came but I haven't even looked at it. I guess my rejection one is on its way
27/09/2012 at 21:35

Me too. Boo!


27/09/2012 at 21:40
There, there
27/09/2012 at 22:37

well i'm not in. Better an elvis picture than the one of a depressed looking runner crying his eyes out on the front of last years rejection mag!

27/09/2012 at 23:40

The thing is it ruins my whole week....feel like an absolute loser, all those people going on about it, twitter, face book and there is sad old me, rejected again. It's like gym class all over again.

Don't care...made a list of possible ones...the far fetched list of exotic places like Hawaii, Barcelona and the more realistic...Milton Keynes. 

27/09/2012 at 23:42
Elvis visited me today too. i will cope but its the smug first time applicants that have got in that are getting to me.....its not their fault ....but come on vlm!!!!!!!!
27/09/2012 at 23:47
Actually I don't know why they don't just send a slip saying sorry rather than go to the expense of producing a whole magazine. It is a charitable organisation after all and that would reduce costs - if they want to suggest charities to run for then an email/ link is fine - everyone has email these days.
And no I didn't get in!
28/09/2012 at 10:38

id love to know how much of the thousand runners raise actually go to work on the charity. After they have paid loads for the contract with vlm for places (few years ago some one said £400) then paid wages to people who work at the charity. etc etc. It was my 4th rejection and off to edinbrough i hope to run for a small local charity that supports me and my son. Its just the finances of getting to and from and having pay for accomondation as have no family close by to crash at like i do in london.

Iv said i have given up on going vlm but my partner told me carry on entering  then do it for my self if i ever get in. i only ever wanted to run just one full in my life and then local half and 10km to just keep fit. we have see how i feel in april when ballot opens again. i hate people get in on 1st attempt as well when people have waited years. think everyone should experience one reject letter and you should only get in once through ballot system not multiple times. If want do it again then get a charity place and give others the chance. this probly me with vlm blues again.

BIG HUG to all us rejects


28/09/2012 at 11:43

Yep. Elvis came with a wind jacket that has now been thrown in the back of a cupboard because it just screams REJECTION.

28/09/2012 at 11:47

Lisa, there's Milton Keynes a couple of weeks after London if that's closer to you. You could get the train up from London in the morning (i think it's a 10am kick off)

Failing that, manchester is one week after london (not sure where you're located)

28/09/2012 at 12:08

My 8 year old daughter asked what the magazine was about. I said "Not running the London marathon". 'Great' she said, sarcastically. Read it and binned it in 2 minutes.

seren nos    pirate
28/09/2012 at 12:39

lisa........there are hundreds of marathons each year..........

28/09/2012 at 12:50
I didn't get through the ballot last year.
So I just did another race instead. There are loads in April.
Don't get too upset at losing out on a ballot where the odds are around 6 - 1 against.
28/09/2012 at 13:03

I'm on my second rejection. And yes I feel like poo, having to face another year of waiting, then rushing to get into the ballot, and then waiting for another rejection. Yes there are loads of races in April, but none of them are the LM.... And don't get me started on the charity places, when a friend I know works for a major charity as a fund raiser is on 48K a year, and you then still have to apply and wait while your application is evaluated for a couple of months and then more rejection... or you end up chasing friends and workmates to sponsor your for X charity... what charity?? when you are only really interested in the fact they have a LM place, and not the actual cause the charity represents.

I might as well pick a 26 mile course around my local park and run that... and running a Marathon with an entry of 350, just means more oppitunity to come last!!!!!


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