Thanks James for doing such a great job. unfortunately I lost you at about mile 16 when I couldn't get past all those who were walking. i could still see your 11 (or 4:48) sign in the distance but eventually lost sight of it. i started going backwards (or so it seemed). i think once i lost sight of you that was the end of my 11 minute miles. I ended up having to go to the loo and then eventually had to walk. I lost so much time over the last half it was ridiculous but it was my own fault. i hadn't been able to get all the long runs in in training due to hamstring trouble. but if i get in next year i promise to keep up with pacers (maybe you will be pacing the 9 minute milers in 2012 )
ballot could open anytime after midnight. my guess is that it will something like 5am.
its a fairly long application and you have to choose 5 charities from a drop down menu that you might be interested in raising money for. these charities will then spam you non-stop. you can choose whether to donate your entry fee in the event that you are unsuccessfull. i think you also have to sign for for a website called realbuzz.com who are official partners. other that that its the usual questions. oh and your estimated finish time. and if you have run a marathon before and what was your best time. also have you been unsuccessfull in any recent ballots if so how many times.
the site will be really busy. i guess since today is a bank holiday the site may not open till late morning. there is no way of knowing. it will close once they reach 120,000 applicants. those 120,000 then go into the ballot. i got in viaa golden bond charity place this year. had to raise £1,500 for the charity. it was fine but i wouldn't go round asking the same people again next year for sponsorship. if i don't get a ballot place i am not taking a charity place.