One week to go to my qualifier race and I am so tempted to give 3:39 a go.
I did the Kingston 16 mile run last week in 8 min/mile average, but with a 8:10 / 7:50 split by lap. If I run all 16 at 8:10, could I go another 10 miles? and for 3:40 I only really need to run 8:22ish pace.
Also entered Rotterdam for spring, with possibilities of other marathon events to b wadded. Salzburg looks tempting.
If you want your 1st marathon to be special, why not write off the Brighton entry fee and go to some place special, for example Paris? It would still be a lot cheaper than raising (or making up a shortfall) on Money for a charity place in London.
With you and your husband running different marathons you also have your very own supporter right there, each.
The general thinking is that they want a fair mix of men and women, and they also want a full spread over the whole time.
So if you are a man that targets 4 hours it i every difficult to get in as there are a lot of them. If you are a woman aiming for 3:15 then it is near certain to get in as there aren't that many.
As for some people getting in often, some never, tho sis a sign of proper random. If it is always other people then it would clearly be seeding. Most people making up 'random' numbers make up very similar sequences