Ballot and 'charity runners' aren't mutually exclusive either i.e. a lot of ballot runners will also raise money for charity so those you see covered on BBC may well be saying they're running for charity but actually might well have got their place via the ballot. I've worked for a charity for over 15 years so know that a lot of our charity runners will be raising money for us via ballot places they've got rather than the gold bond ones (where they have to raise a lot of money etc..).
I ought to add that I have been in the ballot 5 years in a row and finally got a place for 2013 - I will probably do a justgivng fundraising page for a charity so class myself both as a charity and ballot place runner.
4:27 - ish .... Not sure exactly as I forgot to press stop on Garmin bit know the clock was 4:30:19 when i passed underneath. Really struggled with asthma the whole way around so bearing this in mind I'm really pleased as it's my 1st Marathon and I'm not a plodder rather than a runner - i sure appreciated the 'down' bit of UPS near the end and wasn't the weather perfect for marathon running! The crowds were great, the organisation was spot on too !
Thanks for heads up FRC re bold street market - it's not far from hotel I'll be staying at so if train ever gets there ( 2:45 hrs to go still...) I'll pop and see if they can add my name (or maybe I'll do it under an alias .... Nads short for Nadine might work well?)
Good luck to all!
Was thinking of getting my name on my top (left it too late) - thought it would be both a good way to get crowd support and also would make it easier for identifying the body if I peg out during the day....
This tapering does strange things to confidence doesn't it... I've just updated my will, got it witnessed and made sure 6 people know of its location... also have just emailed my boss with a reminder of our IT server password just in case it's needed...