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Another London Marathon ballot rejection

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 12:40
HA77 wrote (see)
andyc209 wrote (see)

The one thing i do hate is when races change the GFA times for the following year AFTER the previous race - as london did a few years ago - you train and race for a time only to find out weeks after that its 30 seconds outside as they then shift times. I know its their prerogative to do so but at least let us know in advance what we have to achieve on the race as a true reflection of the following year.

 

 

GFA is mainly about course management so if they see they've had too many runners between 3 and 3:05 they'll probably drop the GFA time. They can't know they need to however until they see the results.

True but surely they know from the year before - times should not be that different from one year to the next. If they get any stats that warrant a change it is held back for the year after - was just a thought - have to admit now that as i am 42 i am 17 minutes under GFA now so happy days! 

Another London Marathon ballot rejection

Posted: 18/10/2016 at 09:47

i think the GFA times are about right now and because they are a little softer than some races like NYC they are all attainable with a good deal of effort and that encourages more people to run. Years ago i realised that just doing 30 miles a week was not enough for GFA and had to up my game. No matter what your current build, speed etc those times are all attainable - its just how much you really want it. I think too many are looking for the path of least resistance to getting a place. That said i do think it has become too much in favour of the charities, too many places and we are all held to ransom by the crazy fees they are charging. People will always run for charities and i do get sick of the bombardment you get if you get in under your own steam (GFA or ballot) - you are made to feel like an outcast if you just decide to run for yourself and your own personal achievement, I always maintain that it is starting to lose sight of it actually being a race, either against other runners or yourself (PB's).

The one thing i do hate is when races change the GFA times for the following year AFTER the previous race - as london did a few years ago - you train and race for a time only to find out weeks after that its 30 seconds outside as they then shift times. I know its their prerogative to do so but at least let us know in advance what we have to achieve on the race as a true reflection of the following year.

I love London and will always do it - its my home major and the atmosphere is great - but i go to run, to race against my PB, to push myself to the limit to see what i am capable of physically using the crowds to keep me pushing. That, combined with the 70+ miles a week commitment gets me GFA each year.

There are loads of other great races all around the UK and the World. I have 1 major to go then have the set. Brighton is fantastic, chester is good, Amsterdam is great and cheap to get there and run. Those missing out on ballots, get doing these other races, refine your running style, put in the miles and above all push yourselves to a place you don't think is possible. That was mindset for GFA.  I agree London is an experience that is great but i get the same buzz in Chicago, Boston or Stoke and who knows, eventually you get that race 'craft' and endurance that is eventually needed to get GFA

 

Dopey challenge 2017

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 15:28

i tried flying straight back from Chicago Marathon but could not sleep - worst was Frankfurt though i had booked a flight back after the race but it was only whilst running that i realised i had not given myself enough time so had to run through the finish, 2 miles back to hotel and grab my bags and run to train station to get to airport. People where saying to me in the their best English - "the race has ended" thinking i had not worked out the finish. 

Dopey challenge 2017

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 14:52

i just booked my usual back row seats so no-one can kick the back of my seat whilst i am sleeping off the race. 

Dopey challenge 2017

Posted: 10/10/2016 at 16:21

Holiday to Disney all paid for now (check) - seats on plane booked (check) - london marathon acceptance form (check) - quite a good day today..

VLM 2017 !!

Posted: 07/10/2016 at 15:30
rodeoflip wrote (see)

I've run London the last four years, and love (almost) every second of it. I'm now getting very nervous because I've signed up for Boston six days before, and I'm now realising how knackered I'm going to be at London. But I can't not do London, so if anyone sees the world's slowest runner at London, stop and say hello!

I did the reverse in 2014 - ran London then flew out and did Boston the week after - thought my legs had recovered from London but that first 3 mile drop from the start confirmed i was never going to hit 7mm pace - just had to accept it and enjoyed the day. Agree about Heartbreak - never really noticed it. 

Dopey challenge 2017

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 16:31

my wife refuses to run with me - apparently my slow jog is too fast and within 5 minutes all i can hear behind me is countless expletives. i'm using her bucket list of things and places to visit to get my marathon list ticked off - got New York next year and Tokyo the year after - she goes shopping etc whilst i go for a run.

Dopey challenge 2017

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 15:48

whats that for - starting pens? Did we not do it on registration

Dopey challenge 2017

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 15:21

just thinking that - mickey mouse costume out then

they wouldn't allow it anyway

Dopey challenge 2017

Posted: 12/09/2016 at 13:35

Cheers Gazza

doing London in 2017 so starting the build up to that now so may just use the Dopey challenge as part of that. Will be doing all the parks in the buildup to the race weekend so hopefully i will be all photo'd out - especially if the wife an kids have anything to do with it. 

Is it really still that humid in Orlando in January at that time in the morning?

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