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CatherineCawood Fri 27-Sep-19 00:11:13

Anyone entered the VLM ballot for 2020? If you log onto realbuzz some people have been given bib numbers already. Someone told me that this isn't always a good indicator and that if you have a number already you might not necessarily get in, they have been known to disappear!!

Anyone with any prior experience?

emummy Fri 27-Sep-19 07:45:20

There's discussion about this every yea and I think sometimes it's true and sometimes not; I think you only really know for sure when you get the official result. Good luck!

CatherineCawood Fri 27-Sep-19 07:53:49

Oh gosh fingers crossed my bib number stays and I'm actually in. Did you enter? Wish I hadn't looked now!!!

emummy Fri 27-Sep-19 08:50:21

I did enter on a whim, hadn't planned to do I don't mind if I get in. I have done it, 2 years ago, I got in on my first try. Will keep my fingers crossed for you!

CatherineCawood Fri 27-Sep-19 13:34:58

Thanks, it is my first try and was also slightly on a whim. I did a trail marathon last year and feel I have some unfinished business as I was 14 mins longer than the max time I set myself!!

goldface Fri 27-Sep-19 14:09:54

Where on the real buzz site do you see a bib number?

sheepysheep Fri 27-Sep-19 16:38:06

I’ve entered the ballot. There’s no bib number on my real buzz thing. They do the ballot for Ride London on the same website. I had a bib number showing on my ballot entry for Ride London 2018 and no place; 2019 and there was no bib number but I got in 🤷‍♀️ I think it’s a bit of a red herring and they do it to whip up a frenzy. I don’t know why they feel the need to make people wait so long - they could have announced it months ago. But I guess if they did that then people would actually have time to properly train and there would be less dropouts. Apparently the drop out rate is consistent and quite significant...

Good luck to all! Not long to wait now...

Runningonempty84 Sat 28-Sep-19 14:33:25

This is my ninth go at the VLM ballot 😄 hoping I get a place this time!!

ifeellikeanidiot Sun 29-Sep-19 08:08:30

I love it when the mumsnet vlm waiting thread starts. Third year of entering for me

Previously they said everyone would hear by the first week of October. This year they've said that everyone would hear by the end of October.

I'll go and check website. Have to reset my password every time.

Thisismyhappyface Sun 29-Sep-19 09:05:22

3rd ballot entry for me, no bib.numver showing... They've said results of ballot starting to arrive 7th October...

AuntieStella Sun 29-Sep-19 21:26:57

I'm in the ballot

It's going to be an endless week of nail biting

Runningonempty84 Sun 29-Sep-19 21:33:00

I've decided I don't care this year. Even booked a Manchester place instead, just to try and tempt fate 😄
Hopefully in 2021 I'll get in on a GFA place. The ballot just seems to get harder and harder.

CMOTDibbler Sun 29-Sep-19 21:36:36

DH and I are both hoping for a place. This will be my 5th year trying - we both want to get our London Classics medal!

AuntieStella Sun 29-Sep-19 21:37:36

This year is a bit bonkers because it's the 40th.

If I don't get a place this year, I'm probably going to give up on the idea of ever running a marathon (I'm close to GFA for a Half, and have once hit GFA for 10k, but am in awe of those who can get that for a marathon!)

RunningNinja79 Sun 29-Sep-19 21:53:20

I'm in the ballot too. 3rd time for me. In the ballot that is not to run it.

I don't think they announce the outcome too late, but they do let you enter too early. Far too early. The show it on TV to be this great wonderful thing (which I believe/hope it is) and that its just lots of fun. They dont show the harsh realities of marathon running. The training. The early mornings the early nights, the missing family time etc. They dont show the struggles people face to cross that finish line. So they make it look great and special so the ballot opens on marathon day for the following year and people get all marathon fever so enter.

I have no problem with people entering on a whim. It might even get the odd couch potato out running which is fantastic, but I think it could be handled a lot better rather than just a publicity stunt so they can exclaim how popular they are because of all the hundreds of thousands of people entering the ballot. I reckon a huge percentage would not enter if they held the ballot off a while, but then that would mess up their wonderful figures.

sheepysheep Mon 30-Sep-19 00:21:25

CMOT I got mine at Swim Serp last weekend. It is a thing of beauty 😍 My medals usually go straight in a box but that one is still out.

It weighs 462g!!!

Fingers crossed for the ballot

emummy Mon 30-Sep-19 08:04:50

I agree RunningNinja, I think the ballot should be at a different time of year. I did the marathon 2 years ago and had planned to enter again at some point; hadn't planned to enter this year but that's what too much wine will do! AuntieStella would you do another marathon? Most of the others are a lot easier to get into!

CMOTDibbler Mon 30-Sep-19 10:36:51

I know Sheepy - I first saw them at Swim Serpentine, and this year at Ride London (my first) I had serious envy
Our medals go on the wall on racks but I think that a LC one would get its own hook grin

BertandQueenieforever Mon 30-Sep-19 17:24:51

Anxiously waiting here too! 2nd time entering for me 🤞

AuntieStella Mon 30-Sep-19 23:07:39

Right now, it's London or nothing

(ask me again in 8 days grin )

Runningonempty84 Tue 01-Oct-19 10:48:13

Why London or nothing though? Are you just wanting the experience of a big city race? Because lots of other marathons are cheaper, less hassle, a more picturesque route, etc etc.

I get the attraction of London. That's why I've entered 9 times grin but I've done other marathons in the meantime, on both road and trail.

AuntieStella Tue 01-Oct-19 21:58:51

Because I'm not completely sure I want to do one at all!

So it's just the lure of big, famous chances-are-I-won't-get-in event.

No good, well thought out reasoning beyond that

emummy Tue 01-Oct-19 22:17:47

I think it's quite common AuntieStella! London is a big event; other similar ones would be Nee York, Paris or Berlin but London has its own special atmosphere & that's what attracts so many people.

ThursdayLastWeek Wed 02-Oct-19 10:03:51

I entered on a whim too, who knows why as I’ve had plantar fucking fasciitis for over 12 months! So even if I got in I’d have to defer.

I ran it two years ago too, a ballot pace after a few years of trying. I don’t even really want to do it again, I just get carried away every damn year after watching the footage!

ThursdayLastWeek Wed 02-Oct-19 10:13:54

Just had a heart attack when I heard the post drop through the letter box shock
Just a bill today!

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