I was pondering an idea in the shower (oh matron) about restricting who can apply to the ballot to only people who have never run London before.. or perhaps not run it in the last 5 years. The end result would be a ballot field containing as many first timers as possible. Personally if someone said to me once you've run London you can't then get a ballot place for 5 years.. I'd be happy with that. I even think I'd be happy if they said 10 years. There would be no such restriction on the other types of entry.
330 or Bust: I think more people will enter but I'm not sure it will get near 400k. I've never really felt that there were masses and masses of people unhappy they'd missed the ballot. We'll see. A lot will depend on word of mouth on social networks.
As for why is running big with charity.. I suppose because it's an easily accessible activity that people can fit around their normal lives and because the marathon is an event most people recognise as being a physical challenge. Especially for someone who doesn't normally run. Plus there is a running boom at the moment which is pushing up the numbers everywhere.
Millsy: Agreed. London is fascinating from a spectator point of view because you really do get to see the full break down of the field. The wheel chair field, the guided runners, disability runners, the elites, then the quick club runners, and slowly the road becomes more and more full as you get into the masses. It's why I think it's such a great event to watch in person.
I can understand why they've switched to a time based limit.. it always did feel a little unfair that the ballot closed roughly 12 hours after it opened and folk were waking up at 5am to get their entry in. However I'd have gone with 24 hours... I think that would be fair. Will be fascinating to see how many entries they have after a week.