Your FLM entry article

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07/08/2002 at 23:46
Your article on entering the London Marathon seems remarkably similar to one I wrote for the BBC before you relaunched your site

If it has been influential in your feature I am most flattered. Although I do think mine is much funnier ;-)
08/08/2002 at 07:59
Very nice! - but I suspect that it's a case of great minds thinking alike

(ie extracting the most useful points from the literature that the Marathon produces)

Are you going to run?

08/08/2002 at 09:37
Yeah Sean, probably was a case of great minds - it is a complete maze to newbies and anything that helps is all good grist to the mill.

I hope to run - I've actually applied for several charity places and in the ballot too to try to increase my chances.

So fingers crossed!!!
08/08/2002 at 11:52
Happens a lot, Annie. I often think I'm seeing "my" articles reproduced in other publications, when I'm sure the reality is that there's only so much factual material available about a given topic and only so many ways of organising it into a logical piece of writing.

The only exception was a couple of years ago when I'm absolutely sure that the person who wrote the round-up of the latest health research in a national Sunday paper lifted the copy almost verbatim on a couple of occasions from journal review columns I'd done in a trade publication. I felt quite flattered.

Cheers, V-rap.
08/08/2002 at 17:13
I only wish I had time to go to the BBC site... :-)
13/08/2002 at 12:35
Considering the enormous fee we "overseas" runners had to pay for a place in 2002 it's too bad that they don't send us application forms for 2003 automatically.
13/08/2002 at 21:34
The overseas fee has even been raised for 2003: It is 60 pds now!
Iron SwissBobby    pirate
14/08/2002 at 09:56
It is outrageous, and they keep on saying the Switzerland is an expensive country!!! At least our marathons do not have grossly inflated overseas fees. Everyone pays the same. I think this is discrimination!!! Any lawyers in the house?
14/08/2002 at 11:13
Would there be a problem if an overseas runner entered using a UK address? I'd be quite happy to forward corrspondence to an ex-pat if they wanted to use my address, and enter through the ballot (although how I'd feel if they got a place and I didn't, I'm not sure).

Just a thought.
14/08/2002 at 11:20
Nessie, that's kind of you -- but it's irritatingly difficult even to get an entry form. We have to go via London Marathon's pet travel agency and send international reply coupons etc. We don't get a free copy of the magazine with a form.
14/08/2002 at 11:46
An overseas runner with a UK address (and UK bank account) will obviously have to use the UK entry form which is different.

To get the overseas entry form isn't that tedious. I received it one week after I sent over the coupons.

Anyway, to compare both procedures have a look at my London Marathon Fansite:
04/09/2002 at 10:15
60 pounds is a rip off.the cleaner in my office earns way less than that in a could feed a whole load of starving africans for 60 pounds. i can only laugh when i see charities claiming raise 2000 pounds and you can run london for free.why do we have race sponsors when if we are going to charge people 60 pounds to run.the british pound is one of the strongest currencies in the world and charging foreigners ridiculous amounts to run might not affect race numbers but it is not fair. the biggest race in south africa is a 90km one and the entry is about one tenth of londons.12 000 people ran this year.maybe we should charge brits london marathon rates when they come and run here??
10/09/2002 at 14:50
Patrick, it's not the Brits' fault the entry fee is so extortionate - its The London Marathon Limited's. Incidentally any surplus goes to charity (helping to provide recreational facilities for deprived Londoners)so at least we're not lining the pockets of any fatcats ( I hope!)
16/09/2002 at 15:39
Hi, I ran the Paris this year and was charged more than a local entry, to a marathon that is not over subscribed, so London is not the only one.

16/09/2002 at 19:01
If you think that's expensive have a look at the overseas entry fee for the boston marathon!!!!!!!!
16/09/2002 at 21:57
Well, Boston at 100 USD costs about 103 EURO and London at 60 PDS is 96 EURO.

But compare: Boston for US residents is 75 USD, and 100 USD for foreigners makes a surcharge of 33%.
London for UK residents is 25 PDS, and 60 PDS for overseas makes a surcharge of 140%.

Anyway, crossing Tower Bridge is worth it
17/09/2002 at 09:37
Running past Wellesley College and down Boylston street is worth it too ;-)
18/09/2002 at 12:07
Interesting points raised all round chaps. Living in Naples I sent off to sportstours for the overseas entry as I had when living in Germany (I'm in the RAF so I get around a bit!) back in 97. I was shocked to see that the overseas entry is now a ballot along with the UK entry system. Back in 97 it was a guaranteed entry and was a good way for those of us in Forces rejected through the UK ballot to enter again!

Luckily enough I got a Good for Age entry this time on the back of this years performance so didn't have to cough up 60 quid. Looking around at Marathons here in Italy they too charge a higher rate for 'foreigners' but its nowhere near the mark-up at FLM. 'Rip-off Britain' at its best. I agree with you though Ruhrrunner - my hairs still stand on end on the back of my neck going over Tower Bridge even after doing it 8 times!

All the best to everyone in April
18/09/2002 at 12:36
Wow I didn't know there was still a ballot for overseas entries too.

Thanks guys

I've amended my article accordingly

My Guide to entering The London Marathon.
18/09/2002 at 19:29
Wow Annie I'm impressed!! good to see that the Beeb takes notice of joe public!
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