BP - your London experience sounds very similar to mine. I ran it just the once too and it was the same year. I fell at mile 6 and bruised my chin, knees and elbows and somehow managed to survive the rest of it whilst fighting crippling cramps in both my legs. Steve ran it alongside me and, whilst he was doing his best to gee me along, he just savoured every single amazing moment of the whole experience.
I have always said I would love too do it again just to experience what he did, but I doubt I will get the chance, as for both of us to get in via the ballot in the same year are somewhat impossible.
As you say, the sponsorship amounts do get harder once you have raised a lot in the first place. I used to ask around in work but people got fed up of me asking and they also now tell me that a marathon isn't such a challenge for me anymore as I have completed 6 in total .
As you all know from fb, I wondered the same myself yesterday.
There is a much better chance of getting in the GNR ballot. I know there are a lot more runners than for London, but I do feel the organisers for London are far more interested in the charities than us mere mortals who just run for fun or to stay in reasonable health.
Ok, so that is a good thing, but to see people year after year after year getting rejected is not really fair. At least with the '5 years and you're in' rule there was light at the end of the tunnel but now that's been taken away there just seems no point in entering (I didn't this year).
For a lot of us the charity route is out of the question too. To try and raise 1000's of pounds, rather than a couple of hundred, is just too much for a lot of people.
It seems to me that if you don't have a large circle of people in your life willing, or able, to sponsor you, or you are a faster runner, then you have very little chance of experiencing what is an amazing race.
Sorry for the rant and I hope I haven't offended anyone but it was just something I noticed when I read through my fb newsfeed last night.
No running for me as yet, but walked 10 dogs at the shelter today (including jogging a little with some of them to stretch their legs). Am giving myself this week off proper running so that will have to do for me.
Noooooo next years race can't be on the 7th Sept - I've booked the 2 weekends off after that thinking it would be 14th or 21st.
I've made such a fuss too, about it at - I'm dreading having to ring in work tomorrow to try and change it - There's a good chance I'll be back to square one and will need to wait til November/December to know for sure if I can have the time off (very long complicated way that we book leave where I work).