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.
• London Marathon 2019 ballot opens on Monday, 30th of April! • .. I have a Good For Age time from my September marathon in Tallinn 👆🏻 but the GFA rules have changed and GFA entries are capped! .. Therefore, even if you have GFA time, still apply via the ballot as well! .. This is different from how it used to be. .. Good luck & maybe I’ll see you at the start line next April! .. #londonmarathon #tallinnmarathon #londonGFA #londonmarathonballot #marathonrunning
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?