BUT I DIDN'T GET A PLACE
What do I do?
You can run for a charity. Charities have what are called Golden Bond places. You apply for these and you have a very good chance of getting one and therefore of being part of the London Marathon 2009. BUT the downside is that you have to agree to raise in the region of £1500 in sponsorship. It is a good thing to be raising money for charity and every year amazing stories come out of events like this of runners who raise £1000's of pounds, but it is not an easy task. More about running for charity on the CHARITIES page, when I produce it.
HOW PLACES ARE ALLOCATED
The following are the ways I can think of that the FLM allocates places. I do not know the relative numbers of places in each group.
- ELITE PLACES. Invitation to World Class marathon runners - the ones who will win the men's or women's races.
- CHAMPIONSHIP PLACE. UK runners who achieve the championship qualifying time. Not sure how this differs form the next category
- GOOD FOR AGE PLACES Runners who qualify by virtue of being "good for their age". A 60 year-old male, for example will have to give proof of running under a time of 3:30 in an official marathon the previous year.
- DEFERRED PLACES. Runners who gained a place in the previous year's marathon but who had to drop out before the race.
- RUNNING CLUB PLACES. Running or Athletics Clubs who are affiliated to England Athletics receive places based on the number of members. A club with 100 members gets two places.
- BALLOT PLACES - UK
- BALLOT PLACES - overseas
- CHARITY PLACES