Hi Becky, I've had this as well and it's been suggested I get my ferritin levels checked. Even if your iron levels are high enough to be able to donate blood, ferritin may still be low and have a big impact on your running. If you recently ran a first half marathon you may have depleted your stores.
I find it quite amusing that the faster runners think "oh you just have to train a lot and the GFA will come". Er no. Some people are physiologically capable of running much faster than other people, even without training. It ain't fair but it's the way things are. Yes everyone can improve with training, but as much as I try, I will never run a sub 3:30 marathon. I might achieve a sub 4, or even 3:45, but any more would be asking too much of my physiology.
However, on the GFA, a friend ran 3:45:12 on Sunday and thinks she has a GFA (on current boundaries) for next year. She's under 40. I think she needed 3:44:59. Another friend who is over 40 ran 3:50:03 and has promptly entered Brighton (although of course she might not have wanted to do London next year anyway). Could anyone clarify?
If you entered it and think you are due a refund I would talk to your local trading standards authority. Whatever the usual practice at races, it is clearly an unfair term to say that you will pocket the entrant's money if you cancel a race for reasons within your control. So if the lack of water WAS within the organisers' control because they didn't pay the bill in accordance with the supplier's terms, they should provide a refund. The OFT (which no longer exists so their role in enforcement falls mainly to trading standards now) has issued guidance on events and unfair terms (and on booking fees for those interested - I had to pay £2 on top of my entry fee for a race yesterday which wiped out the affiliated saving, I should have sent a cheque by post) and the guidance is still on their archived website. I write for a law publishers and I feel a blog post on the Sheffield debacle coming on...
The Tuesday after Easter. I wonder if waiting to the morning of the Tuesday will be too late this year - I entered about 7.30am last year and was fine, but it closed very quickly. I suspect it will close even earlier this year.
As a consequence I wonder if clubs will still continue to ask for a rejection slip to let you apply for club places, as you will be doing well to even get into the ballot