"For the first time this year, we are trialling an e-zine version of the Commiserations magazine. A random selection of approximately 50 per cent of unsuccessful applicants are sent the Commiserations magazine and the remainder are sent the e-zine version. Overseas applicants will be contacted via email."
Curious. I wonder how that fits in with the rejections who are getting a jacket. I assumed those folk would be guaranteed a physical mag as normal. Perhaps not!
Something else caught my eye that goes against an often speculated theory regarding the ballot selection:
"Just like the National Lottery, it is a totally random ballot with no weighting. It is simply the luck of the draw."
That's interesting because it's always been speculated that the ballot was weighted evenly across the predicted finish times to prevent bottle necks. That would appear to put an end to that.
Also the “How many people entered the ballot this year and what was the chance of gaining a place?” answer is misleading to quote 50,000 places when surely that includes a large number of golden bond places and has no direct relation to the ballot chances?
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.