I had a rant about it all in 2013 when after 4 years I was still rejected, then found out from somewhere thats is not even a random entry, but is selected to keep an even spread of finishers, as well as keeping a spread of TV friendly runners.
I was told at the time that you could always do a different marathon, and one nob even suggested that I could save myself the entry and just run down the road for 26.2 miles, but many people especially experienced runners seem to forget the fact that the London Marathon is for many people the only Marathon - its the only marathon we all see on the TV year after year, the only Marathon that you can watch people running over Tower Bridge and think - I could do that.
The end result was in 2013 I 'purchased' a place for £1800, ok they called it fundraising, but I found the fundraising harder than the actual training. I plodded my way around, finished, and can now say I ran the London Marathon.
2 years later, I tried, and failed to get a place via the ballot again, but I'm now not that bothered, I've done it once, now I have other challenges, with an Ultra booked in September 2016.
I was further back started feet in front of the 2.05 pacer, got overtaken by him going up to the university park (3miles), but kept him in sight and got him back going down towards the a33 (10 miles) and pushed to keep him behind me. Overheard him mention to some he knew that he was 30secs fast... Hit the finish at 2.04, but still got beaten by the wateraid camel!!
Great race great crowds, and the first time I have actively used a pacer so if anyone knows him, then please buy him a drink on my behalf!!
I'm in. ran Silvertsone 2 weeks ago, 15 miles last weekend but I'm looking forward to reading as I'm running some of the streets I grew up in as a kid.... all prep for VLM. Wifey is running the green Park Challenge so we have to turn up doubly early...
no if we quote a price to a business we say its £100 plus VAT (which would be £120)
if you are purchasing from a shop the price iwould be £120. there is no dishonesty, it is an attempt to make it less confusing.
It would be dishonest to quote a price of £100, and then at the time of payment say ar yes, that is £100+VAT... businesses expect to be told what the VAT component is, or at least if I am quoting inc VAT or ex VAT (and 90% of my suppliers quote ex VAT).
The price doesn't change, we just give you the information you generally want... and if a retail customer wanted to know the ex VAT price we would give it to them.
However we then get into the how much for cash, which some people expect us to give them the ex VAT price, but is illegal and something we dont' do