With my first Marathon in the bag I’ve had a few weeks to reflect and decide on where I want to take my running journey.
Back in spring last year, before deciding on running the Manchester Marathon, I entered the public ballot for the Virgin London Marathon. As a new runner this was my main exposure to marathon running. I’d watched the live coverage on the television since I was a kid and seen it in person a few times too, so this was naturally my number one choice if I was going to try and do the unfathomable and run one myself!
As spring turned to summer, turned to autumn, myself and around 250,000 others waited excitedly to find out if we’d been allocated that most elusive of beasts, a bib number in the London Marathon. In previous years the ballot system would be open for a short period of time, possibly less than 24 hours, before closing to new entries, but for 2015 it was open for a full 5 days, allowing a much higher number of entrants.
Even with the old system the odds of bagging a spot weren’t great and you’d often hear stories of runners applying year after year without luck, so the chances that I’d be offered a place on my first entry were not good. After 5 months, and then two days of excitement after hearing that others had started to receive the news, I received an email informing me… I’d not been successful.
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