Like Cougie says. Also, I've heard that if you subsequently get a "higher"category of entry, you just get in touch with them and they convert it. I'm damn certain this has happened for Good for Agers, who later achieve the Championship entry standard, which has a later deadline. I'd expect they would do the same between Ballot and GFA.
BTW, have people actually heard something about the GFA times changing, or is it just supposition?
Just noticed that the beginning of the qualifying period for VLM GFA 2017 is 1st Jan 2014. That is either a typo (i.e., they've not updated it from the VLM 2016 page) or they've extended the qualifying period by a year. I think it's a mistake.
I'd like to ask how people found the multiple laps from a crowding point of view. So, did the faster runners feel the flatness of the course was offset at all by any weaving/dodging by the time they got to their third and fourth laps?