Some people put a lot of effort into training for a marathon and the fundraising that often goes along with it. Id like to do the London Marathon every now and again, but if I dont get accepted through the ballot, and Im not confident of raising a £1,500-£2,000 for a golden bond place, then I simply dont do it. I dont approach a charity, "promise" to raise £2,000, actually raise about £7, run the first half, jump on the tube at Canary Wharf, get off at Westminster, and then run the last 2km and claim the accolades and prizes that come with completing the race.
Its hardly a witch-hunt. I respect anybody who can finish a marathon, be it in 3 hours or 7 hours. I dont respect anybody who cheats, whether its cheating in the race or cheating a charity. The place this guy took couldve gone to somebody who wouldve actually raised the money for the charity. £2,000 might not sound a lot to some people, but I bet his charity could do a lot of good work with that money.
Embrace the hills suzemac. I did Amsterdam, too flat for my liking and did not go to plan. The hills work the muscles in a different way and for me that is a big help.
This!! My joints were screaming at me at the end of Amsterdam, yet more undulating courses cause me far fewer problems. I used to hate hills, but once I incorporated a few challenging hills into my runs, I learnt to love the hills.
They'll be here when they are available. Had plenty of problems finding them in previous years, so this link is in my favourites!
There shouldve been a piece of paper in the bag you pick up at the expo that gives the password you'll need when they become available. Its usually the year (eg, "2014"), so dont worry if you threw it away with the other toot in there.
On the subject of the ballot for overseas runners, I was told in 2011 that the vast proportion of overseas runners were successful in the ballot. The statistics were something like 90% chance of success for overseas runners, 90% chance of failure for local residents. Since then, the race has become the 6th Major so overseas interest will undoubtably increase now, so that may no longer be the case. Between 2010 and 2013, I applied 4 times and was successful 4 times.