For once I got some welcome post through the letterbox yesterday morning. It was my entry form for the London Marathon, and confirmation that I qualify for a guaranteed place through ‘Good for Age’ as a result of my Edinburgh Marathon time. All I have to do now is send my form and entry fee away and I’ll be lining up in April!
I’ve applied through the ballot the last couple of years and been unsuccessful as there are so many people applying – there are about 125,000 applications for only 20,000 places so not great odds. But I stumbled across the Good for Age entry which allows people who have met a certain time standard for their age and gender group in another marathon to qualify. Fortunately for the male over 18-40 age group this was changed this year from under 3 hours to under 3 hours and 10 mins, otherwise I’d have missed out by 13 seconds! Just had to send away evidence of my Edinburgh result and age for the ‘scrutineers’ to check.
Quite excited as I’ve been desperate to do it for a while, especially with me living in London now. I went down and watched the race in 2009 but could only bear to watch on the telly this year because I was so gutted I wasn’t actually running it! Also from speaking to a guy I met at a recent race, running in the good for age category also means I get to start from the 3rd ‘pen’ (after the elite athletes and UK Championship entries) and don’t have to fight for a position in the ‘mass start’. BRING IT ON!