**stop press** I don't know whether this applies to any Abo runners tomorrow as an additional incentive to not be shit, but I see that the entry criteria for the Berlin marathon next year have changed completely. They're doing a ballot again, but they've introduced a fast runner/GFA system as well. Sub-2:45 and you're in. (Sub-2:55 M45 and over; female sub-3:00 and sub-3:20 F45.)
9 miles w/ mixed threshold intervals and hills on grass this morning. Felt all right.
This time the registration will be more complete, including the submission of one’s address and bank data. If a name is drawn, the participant is “in”. The medical questionnaire (PAPS Test) must be filled out afterwards. The personal data will be deleted for everyone who is not selected in the drawing (exept for those who registered for the Newsletter). Payment will only be processed for those who have been selected.
Good luck! If this year's stats were anything to go by I reckon you've got a better chance than that. There were about 70,000 entries initially, but that merely involved clicking on a button. Once the first set of successful applicants were chosen you then had a week to stump up actual hard cash, at which point many more places became available.
PB races always leave a good impression, but I love it!