I do feel for those who missed out and I would have been devasteted, too. Sometimes if feels this is the only marathon.
However, I had a GFA place ever since 2008 and even though the GFA target was raised in 2010 I always aim to run at least within the old targets. It was always in the cards that they change it again and this time to cut times.
I think runners should understand that these times are not set in stone. It is better to be on the safe side and aim to run it well under the target time, if one is capable of doing so.
Edith, I was offering my bottles and to begin with I had no trouble finding a taker - interestingly (sort of) though, the further we went the less takers there were and I was chucking away half full bottles like the rest of them
I am not surprised by this the slightest. At the last stages of the race I was in my own private hell and could hardly care for anything else but make it to the finish.Other peoples' drinks were not on my radar.
Your best moment - seeing my hubby 3 times. Lots of people out, more than I can ever remember
Your worst moment - a nasty stich from mile 17 until about mile 19. Had to double up, that was the only way I could deal with it
What surprised you most about the day - This was the first time (7th LM) that people were actively sharing their drinks. Instead of picking a full bottle of water at each station, I just got a half used from someone else and poured it over my shoulders. Lots of runners were holding drinks up for grab once they had what they needed
Your most memorable moment - People encouraging me when I had to run doubled up. Around M24 someone shouting that I was one of the first ladies (which wasn't true, but sounded great anyway)
What your goal was, and how your finishing time compared - not to be too far from my PB and definitely under GFA. Got 3.34, so reasonably happy
And of course, how you celebrated! - pint down the pub by St James station, fish and chips later - exactly like always