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London Marathon ballot – for 5 year’s I’ve been unlucky but I’m going to try again!

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Today is the day – the ballot for London Marathon 2019 has opened.

Thousands of runners are giddy with excitement today, and they will be until October when the mailman will bring them the dreaded ‘We’re sorry’ magazine. (Oh how I hate those)

The London Marathon is notoriously crazy to get into to.

I have entered the ballot for 5 years and for 5 years I have been unsuccessful.

For 2019 I had a plan – I would run another marathon and get a Good for Age (GFA) time for London. A GFA time guaranteed you a place in the London Marathon.

I ran the Tallinn Marathon in September and got a time of 3:46:59. The GFA time for women in 40-44 age category is 3:50.

Wohoo! I’m in! London, here I finally come!

Or so I thought for 7 months.

Then London changed their GFA rules (and some age groups’ times as well!).

In the middle of the freaking marathon season!

That is not a thing to do to runners but that’s what the organisers of London marathon just did. They changed the goalposts in the middle of the season, boom, just like that.

For my age group the time didn’t change. Whew.

BUT – there is now a new rule that the GFA entries are capped!

Meaning – a GFA no longer guarantees you a place.

Say whaaaaat?

As I entered the ballot today, the website said that if you have time that is 5 min or less from the GFA, do apply via the ballot as well.

That means that my 3:46:59 might not be enough to get in via the GFA route.

That means that there’s a good chance that I’ll get doubly screwed this year – no ballot place again and no GFA either.

I’m annoyed but what can I do. It is what it is.

I LOVED running Tallinn Marathon, I didn’t just do it for the GFA.

And yes, I could run London for charity but I think the minimum fundraising amounts of £2000 and up are way too much – it’s way too much pressure on top of marathon training pressure.

So let’s wait and see. If London’s not meant for me then there are plenty of other marathons in the world.

What’s your history with London Marathon? Run it? Want to run it? Multiple times ballot reject like me? Affected by the new GFA times/rules?

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    Anna @AnnaTheApple
    May 3, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    It’s a sucky situation. Changing the times is harsh midseason. And capping it is also hard-going. My fingers are firmly crossed for you.

    • Reply
      mind matter project
      May 4, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      Since I’m injured right now I’m not TOO panicky about it – if I get in, great; if I don’t get in, I’ll find something else. In my own time. I would be so nice to be able to run it though with the GFA I worked hard for…

  • Reply
    Iain
    May 1, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Hi Lina,
    Love the new blog and new name. I took a while to find you again but I did. I have been lucky enough to run the London Marathon in 2008 and 2010. First via a charity spot, then via the ballot. I think I’ve entered every year since, so 7 rejections in a row now. But yes I have done it twice, so can’t grumble.

    I’m way off a GFA and always say I’ll just take a charity place, but the minimum fundraising and effort puts me off. I want to go sub 4 or better this year so may just take a weekend away and do another big city marathon in Europe in Oct/Nov time. Maybe Valencia or Amsterdam.

    There is always hope of the “Congratulations” magazine sitting on the doormat come October.

    • Reply
      mind matter project
      May 2, 2018 at 12:49 pm

      Thanks for feedback about my blog 🙂 As for the London Marathon, I think after 7 years of ‘sorry’ magazines, you are due for the other one! I wish they’d keep track of who enters year after year.

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