Like many of you, I have spent some time this week watching the footage from Sunday’s London Marathon. I love watching it, following the stories, watching the struggles, feeling the pain of the runners as they run the 26.2 miles, reliving my adventures around the course.
Then the dilemma starts. To enter 2016’s run or not! The dilemma stems from my desire not to run a marathon, ever, ever again, aah but London is different! However this year entry procedures have changed. The last few years the ballot has been opened, those of us wishing to ensure we get our entry in would set an alarm for rude o’clock to guarentee getting our name down. This year they will open entry Monday 4th May and close it the 8th. Call me cynical but some rebranding has gone on Virgin London Marathon, has become Virginmoney London Marathon, a coincidence? I think not. Working on this basis I will be doing things differently, I will be entering, but I will not be opting for the option to donate my entry fee, to be able to get through to a second ballot, if this fails I would receive a VLM fleece/hoody/top. No, I have no wish to line Richard Branson’s large pockets. No place no fee Richard!
The chances of me running this iconic event are slim with this new entry system, unless I get a club place, or of course a good for age time (sub 4 hours), correction the chances of me running this iconic event are VERY UNLIKELY! But I will try!