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Rick Ryder

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No London for me in 2015, did anyone get in?
« on: October 01, 2014, 03:04:23 PM »
No London for me in 2015, did anyone get in?
I have booked Rome 22nd march 2015  again if anyone needs a tour guide
link to enter here http://www.maratonadiroma.it/?lang=en

Bill Wright

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Re: No London for me in 2015, did anyone get in?
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2014, 11:34:49 AM »
Rick

The odds against you getting in on the general ballot seem to be getting harder and harder. The last time I ran London in 2012 I only got in because I had failed four times in a row on the ballot and that was at the time they were guaranteeing you a place on your fifth attempt. Apparently they had to stop doing that because they were running out of other spaces to make available.

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Sharon Foster

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Re: No London for me in 2015, did anyone get in?
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2014, 04:53:49 PM »
Julia Hermitage and Chris Brenchley are in :-)

Rick Ryder

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Re: No London for me in 2015, did anyone get in?
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2014, 11:44:23 PM »

John Hunt

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Re: No London for me in 2015, did anyone get in?
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2014, 03:21:53 PM »
No joy for me either if i miss out on the club ballot i was thinking of doing milton keynes has anybody done this or can recommend another one in the sout east?

Ed Heardman

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Re: No London for me in 2015, did anyone get in?
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2014, 01:21:04 PM »
Halstead in Essex is a popular one, John - two laps of a figure of 8, but it is stretching into May. I'd happily do it again, at some point...

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Re: No London for me in 2015, did anyone get in?
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2014, 08:20:03 PM »
Bewl Water Marathon in early May is a cracker.  It's not one to do for a time.  It's a two lap trail marathon and tough but really well organised.

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« Reply #7 on: October 07, 2014, 04:45:13 PM »
Ed i done halstead last year for my first marathon and loved it and will definitely do it again at some point,
Andy you and your trails! I may turn to the dark side and do a trail marathon one day....

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Re: No London for me in 2015, did anyone get in?
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2014, 01:26:20 PM »
Martin at Nice Work is looking for any interested parties for the Paris Marathon next April 11th ?

his email is info@nice-work.org.uk
sadly im booked easy-jet to Greece that week!

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Re: No London for me in 2015, did anyone get in?
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2014, 02:55:13 PM »
Bill wrote "The odds against you getting in on the general ballot seem to be getting harder and harder"

having looked into this Bill, it seems my average finish time is smack bang at the peak of average finish time! so if as stated they have a percentage in ballot for each time, anyone between 4 and 5 hours finish are going to have less than the one in 7 chance more like 1 in 15 i guess,...
....now if someone stated a finish time of 5hrs 20 mins.... hmm i wonder?

source https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AhORuxOwZhGydFhtejF1VjhycTNHNWhkQXM2YUMydUE#gid=0

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Re: No London for me in 2015, did anyone get in?
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2014, 10:37:37 AM »
Ah, now that is interesting Rick. It sounds like they run a "loaded" ballot as opposed to a true ballot. I suppose it is in their best interests to make sure for commercial purposes that the usual quota of fancy dress, huge rhinos etc get in, but I would have thought that they would nearly all be running for one of the charities anyway. It seems a bit silly to me as I would have thought that by the law of averages a true ballot would have had a good mix of finishing times. Maybe the idea of sticking down a slower time than you expect might work. I must say that running London has been one of the highlights of my running, it is an atmosphere that is difficult to describe to anybody who hasn't done it.

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