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26-04-2018, 10:55   #1
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London Marathon 2019

Before the 2018 thread gets confused with questions on how to enter the 2019 event I figured it's already time for the new thread even before everyones legs have recovered from this year.

The 2018 incarnation of the thread can be found here:
https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/show...p?t=2057733903

How to enter London 2019, main methods used by people here in bold:

Elite entry - run superfast and be invited.
Championship - run sub 1:15 half or sub 2:45 full for men, or sub 1:30 half or sub 3:15 full for women. Must also be a paid up member of a UK Athletics affiliated running club. Not all UK running clubs are affiliated to the correct body.
Good For Age - run one of the times listed on this page appropriate for your age category and have a UK address. They don't care about nationality, just that you have a UK address and the time. You need to apply for this between 1 August 2018 and 16:00 on 10 August 2018 and must have run the qualifying time between 1 January 2017 and 10 August 2018. New for this year is that getting the time will not guarantee a place anymore and the places will be limited to 3000 male and 3000 female. They have not fully described how they will assign these places if over subscribed, but expect it to be along the lines that they remove the slowest qualifying times from each age group until they reach the limit of 3000 entries.
They actually recommend that people applying for GFA places for 2019 also enter the ballot as GFA is not guaranteed. This will barely increase you chances of getting a place but if you are only just inside your qualifying time is probably a good idea.
Ballot - enter the UK ballot. Again you'll need a UK address, but time doesn't matter. https://www.virginmoneylondonmaratho.../ballot-entry/
Ballot must be entered between Monday 30 April and 17:00 on Friday 4 May
International Ballot - enter the overseas ballot. Less places available but worth a punt, you should be able to get away with entering the UK and overseas ballot without being noticed once you have appropriate address details for both entries. Same entry dates, Monday 30 April and closes at 17:00 on Friday 4 May.
Charity - find a charity who has places, convince them you can raise the cash, they give you a place. Will probably be in the region of a couple of thousand pounds you'd need to raise.

It's great just being able to copy and paste the post from one year to the next.
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26-04-2018, 11:08   #2
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As this is relevant to how the new GFA places will be allocated this is a re-post from the 2018 thread of the numbers I pulled from the 2017/18 results. Also of note is that elsewhere on the internet someone had managed to pull numbers from RunBritain for all UK marathoners in 2017 in the SM category and there were about 1900 sub 3 times. This makes the 3000 limit a bit closer to being hit than based on just the VMLM numbers, but there will still be a significant number of Championship entries within those numbers:

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Here is the number of Men running the new GFA standard in 2017 and 2018. Numbers seriously impacted by the heat, but the good news is that the 3000 per gender limit may not be such an issue after all, especially as 500+ of the 2017 GFA times were within the Championship standard so can mostly be excluded.
 Men2017 Men2018 Men
18-39sub 3:001093711
40-44sub 3:05541277
45-49sub 3:10407234
50-54sub 3:15302150
55-59sub 3:2013864
60-64sub 3:4510381
65-69sub 4:005833
70-74sub 5:008357
75-79sub 5:15??
80+sub 5:30??
Total GFA 27251607

The results were not playing ball for me to get the Womens times, and they don't separate out the V70+ categories.
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Is it worth a chance to apply with a friend’s UK address or Parcel Motel address?

I don’t live in the UK, at all!
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I did that once with a friend in Scotland, she paid the entry fee then with a uk cheque & all correspondence went through her address so all looked kosher. Not sure if that still works though as they seem to have got more picky.
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I'm in - deferred ballot place. Judging by the weather this year I'm lucky I wasn't running!

5th marathon, 2nd London. Got ballot places on my 6th and 7th ballot attempts.

I am slow and fat, training with 2 kids under 3 and aiming to beat my 2017 time of 4:53.
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I will entering via the ballot again this year, presumably to a third or fourth (not sure, I've lost count) rejection. Wish the results were out quicker which least with the Berlin rejection it didn't seem to take so long. In better news if those GFA times hold steady (and I don't improve/disprove) I'll be lining up for London 2042....nice. Surely the odds on the ballot will work on my favour before then.
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I'm also in already with a deferred GFA place.

I will need to have a decent run in London 2019 as my current times won't count for 2020, and whatever time I run in my backup marathon this coming June will count as an age group below what I'll actually be in 2020. If I can get a time in 2019 though that will be in the correct age group for the following year and I'll gain 5 extra minutes to make getting a place a tiny bit safer.

This is the first time since I first got GFA qualification that I don't actually have a current valid time for the next two years already in the pocket at the end of April.
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Will be my 9th year of ballots - one success in 2015. A few of those years are doubles - UK & International. Worth the try every year! I'll wait with eager anticipation for the October results! !!!!
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I've signed up for my annual rejection email ....

I prefer the Berlin ballot. At least there's a realistic chance of being picked as an overseas runner (mea culpa. I should have started running whilst still living in the UK)
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Same for me annual rejection application submitted. Must find out what constitutes as proving a UK address; even after all my years hear I still have a bank account which may be sufficient for proof!

Two rejections instead of one.
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Signed up twice (overseas and parcel motel) exactly as last year. Now the long wait for rejection emails!
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I've signed up for my annual rejection email ....

I prefer the Berlin ballot. At least there's a realistic chance of being picked as an overseas runner (mea culpa. I should have started running whilst still living in the UK)
Surely you have a GFA time?
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Threw my name in the hat as well.
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In for the overseas ballot, now to plan for the actual spring marathon I'll run instead of London!
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Same for me annual rejection application submitted. Must find out what constitutes as proving a UK address; even after all my years hear I still have a bank account which may be sufficient for proof!

Two rejections instead of one.
UK ballot entry in. I....erm.... still live at home with my mum.
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