Posted: 30/04/2010 at 11:58
There are a lot of people on here who do the training that would be more than pleased to get under 4:30. Many a finisher on Sunday could have achieved that time had it not been for the many other reasons quoted in this thread. The start was an issue but why penalise people who run week in week out just because they can't do 4:20? Could you run an ultra marathon because some of these suggested non-qualifiers do on a regular basis! Many of those that regularly contribute on this forum couldn't meet that criteria but they were still passing people all the way to the finish line. Being that the 3:30 finishers were being affected quite late in the race the 4:20 finishers could esaily be caught by some of those currently causing problems. It might even make matters worse by encouraging them to try catching the runners in front!
In an event where the majority of places are controlled by charities with the aim of making money, people are going to be affected. I was upset about Sunday probably because I didn't achieve the time I wanted in the way I wanted and as a result wanted someone to blame which is wrong. London is about surviving. Surviving the madness is all part of being able to say I've been there, done that, got the tee-shirt. This year there seemed to be more problems to navigate but lets not forget that for the majority of people the goal was simply getting to the finish line in one piece after pledging lots of money to charity. Most of us know what it's like becase we've been there, done that and have the better tee-shirt yet still we come back. We only have ourselves to blame for getting so upset. It's not going to change and dispite what people say many will apply again, maybe not this year but when it comes around next April and you're not running, you will forget the issue and wish you were.