Hello, I'm pleased to see this thread up and running Congrats to everyone who's got a place..
I got a ballot place in the London Marathon 2012 (much to my shock), and have never ever run a marathon before...
I have been running for about 7 years though, and have several HMs under my belt; ran the GNR and Royal Parks HM this year, so I'm not starting from running-scratch so-to-speak, but the furthest I've run is about 14 miles - not entirely sure where the other 12 ish are going to come from!
My main worry is I don't know when to 'officially' start training. Since the Royal Parks I've been running twice a week. I've downloaded the offical 24 week plan from the VLM website), but I've also been looking at 16 weeks plans, not sure which ones to follow... eek!