I was 49 years old before I ran a GFA qualifying time (which I used to run the 2013 VLM) - after many years of believing I was 'not cut out' to achieve such a standard
I basically decided it was a 'priority' and trained hard (upped my mileage from a 'typical' 30-35 mpw to 55-70 mpw over a 12 month period prior to commencing an 18 week 'marathon specific' training schedule), ate healthily and generally made some other 'marathon specific' sacrifices (earlier nights for better/longer sleep, little/no alcohol etc) and bingo! - ran a sub 3:15 qualifying time (@ the inaugural Milton Keynes marathon in 2012) which i used to enter the 2013 VLM (subsequently running 02:59:05)
GFA can be acheived, take it from someone who thought it couldn't be - just takes a bit of time & sustained effort - then you're in!!
I'd try eBay as there's usually people selling copies of the coverage of the time slot you want (I did this in 2013 when I broke 3 hrs - bought a DVD with coverage between 2:45 & 3:15 - cost about ??5 if I remember rightly) Good luck!
After using P & D to successfully complete a sub 3 2014 VLM and a subsequent break from marathon training/running (partly forced through injury), I sucessufully used the same schedule (18 55/70) to complete last Sunday's race. Didn't go quite as quick with a 3:03 but GFA qualification was achieved (which was the pre race goal) as I'm 51 so not too unhappy
Having had a few days to reflect/plan I'm now seriously considering an autumn marathon (possibly Bouremouth?) to maintain/build fitness prior to another crack at London in 2016
Just wondered if anyone has run Bournemouth before and if so what their thoughts were regarding it? Any input/comments welcome!