Yes, you had to suck up to them to get in. I put 'It would be the greatest moment of my life. It would allow me to put behind me the years living on the streets of Central London as crack addict while working as a male prostitute and part time getaway driver. And it'd make my mum proud of me, at last.' I think it was something like that. But my memory's not so good these days.
I got in too. As I just had cartilage surgery on my knee yesterday, my London Marathon place will have to go back in the pot, but this will make a more realistic target. And if it's slow, all the better - my last cartilage damage came from trying too hard to soon into an injury recovery programme.
Before you get too excited, this is not an official race. In fact, the chances are there will be only one competitor: me!
I go to the festival every year. A couple of friends of mine cycle there, which hasn't really appealed to me. But, inspired by Eddy Izzard, I thought if he can run a marathon a day for a month and a half, I must be able to run 4 on consecutive days (the journey is about 115 - 120 miles depending on how picturesque the route I choose). I've run 6 marathons, but never run further than 26 miles. And the only training programmes I've seen are for 100 mile continuous runs, involving running 120-130 miles/week.
Can anyone point me in the right direction, or give me some advice? Cheers
Me too on http://www.virginlondonmarathon.com/ballot/uk/. Think the site's speeding up now so keep trying folks. I was surprised though that we didn't have to do that usual thing about the three numbers/letters (what were they profession, whether you'd run before and a third one?)
The Kingston Hill Stragglers meet is only the Monday group: Little Feet. The main meet is on Thursday at the Hawker Centre which is just over Teddington Lock; 2 miles to cycle or run from central Twickenham, or you can park your car near the lock and its just half a mile warm up jog. There's a variety of runs every Thursday from a 3 mile power walking group to an 8 mile x 7:30/8 minute miler. Very sociable and welcoming to newbies, too.