Virgin London Marathon 2011 - The Arrse contingent

Goatman

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#1
Well, I'm guessing a few folk on here are waiting for some news and a few lucky ones have already got a place?

The wait is nearly over. Soon all the finger crossing for a place will be at an end and those of you who applied via the ballot will know whether you are in or not. In just over a week's time 'accepted' and 'rejected' magazines will start landing on doorsteps and then it's time to consider your next move.

If you get an 'accepted' magazine and did not donate your entry fee you will be given info in the magazine about paying your entry fee. If you get a 'rejected' magazine you can still apply for a place through a charity. If you are rejected and donated your entry fee, you will receive a 'rejected' magazine and a Virgin London Marathon sports jacket. We hope it's good news for as many of you as possible and that you are not too disappointed if you applied and don't get in. Hopefully, you'll be successful in getting a place through a charity or try again for 2012.
I ran the New Forest Half yesterday in a vain attempt to keep my legs working.... at Mile 10 I was vividly reminded that if I get my wish, that gets me as far as Tower Bridge...... still keen to get a place though !

This is the fourth time I've applied under the ballot - won't bother again. To all you out there waiting to hear - good luck !

Lee Shaver
 

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#3
Fancy the Marathon Des Sables then J-D ? Or have you got the T-shirt :)


My next jog around the block is the BUPA Great South ( for SSAFA) at the end of the month....dear God plse let it not be doing what it is today on the South Coast Riviera !
Uprep:
The wait is nearly over for those of you who entered the Virgin London Marathon ballot - the ‘accepted’ and ‘rejected’ magazines are on their way. It is worth bearing in mind that the copies of Marathon News go out over the course of a few days, so it’s inevitable that some people will received theirs before others.

Please be patient if you are waiting for your copy – it will be with you soon. Best of luck whether it proves to be news you are after or otherwise. Remember there are other options should your ballot application have proved unsuccessful on this occasion.

David Bedford, Race Director, Virgin London Marathon
Mate of mine both gutted (and secretly) a little relieved to receive her 'Sorry- better luck next time' notification for both herself and her daughter this week......still waiting for news myself.

FMP, anything ?

Paris AGAIN then ? :)

Arrsers - If and when you get YOUR notification do let us know here.

Training tips, injury woes, work up races, running mojo regain - all in here!

Le Chevre
 
#4
Fancy the Marathon Des Sables then J-D ? Or have you got the T-shirt :)


My next jog around the block is the BUPA Great South ( for SSAFA) at the end of the month....dear God plse let it not be doing what it is today on the South Coast Riviera !
Uprep:


Mate of mine both gutted (and secretly) a little relieved to receive her 'Sorry- better luck next time' notification for both herself and her daughter this week......still waiting for news myself.

FMP, anything ?

Paris AGAIN then ? :)

Arrsers - If and when you get YOUR notification do let us know here.

Training tips, injury woes, work up races, running mojo regain - all in here!

Le Chevre
I keep eyeing that one up but the cost puts me off to be honest (and the waiting list).
This'll be my first venture into the world of Ultra so I'll be taking it nice and steady! Just been given the checkpoints for the route so I had a shufty on the map and my knees went into an involuntary wobble!
 

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#5
Well good luck anyway.

I'm 'off the hook ' for next year's VLM - dammit, buggrem,ah shooot . Got my " COMMISERATIONS - but hey there are a million charidees out there who'd be only too happy for you to annoy everyone in your life trying to raise three grand " letter today......PAH! :roll:

Ah well......we'll see how we go.

To those of you who have had the OTHER letter/magazine in the post - well done ya bugger ! - this is the start of an Awfully Big Adventure......
 
#6
Some lucky arrser will be running it .......... but it's not me. Guess it will have to be Paris again ........

Dead chuffed for you, you know who you are!
 
#7
I am not doing it next year, achilles heel is still not 100% after doing a 10k 2 weeks after London this year. I hobbled over the line with my plan of a sub 40min 10 k wrecked.

I have plans to do a dawn til dusk event on 27 Dec, but that can be a slow plod rather than a full blown run.
Any nutters planning on doing the west highland way race, or for the insane there is an 80k race in France that finishes on the first level of the Eiffel tower.

Eco-Trail de Paris - Le Trail de Paris

For me it's time to get back on my mountain bike or concentrate on 10K races. I will have my weekend back.

Good luck to all those who do London.

RP
 
#8
Well David Bedford very kindly emailed me to say sorry but no place in the overseas ballot for you ......... again.

I'll always have Paris ......... so just signed up. Places are going fast, already 22,200 taken. At least I won't have accom/travel costs. Oh and Goats, post run lunch in the Brasserie already planned! Surely that will convince you ;-))
 

terroratthepicnic

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#9
I had my confirmation letter/mag through the post last week, only took 5 years as well. Training starts as soon as I stop smoking.

As part of my training, I will be running the GRIM challenge in Dec.
I will be trying to raise a bit of cash for Hols4H in both runs.

Edited to add: I am think of starting a blogg on my training. Should be a good place for tips and hints, and a right slagging if I can't hit my targets on time.
 

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#10
What no more VLM virgins crawled out of the woodwork?

Don't be bashful people - who's got a place ?

Or does my paranoid view that they have actually kept an even higher proportion of the ballot places for charities really hold water ?


If you are involved in the TNT baggage op - hats off, maximum respect.

Goats
 
#11
I'm in!

Fifth time lucky with a ballot entry, although the buggers claimed I had only three previous negative ballot entries, not four. Funny that, because whilst I did run it in 2007 that was courtesy of a Golden Bond place from Combat Stress AFTER receiving a negative ballot. However, trivia aside, I'm conscious of the fact that last time was an adventure, this time I'm only too aware of every agonising step and mental turmoil to come. Supporters (could well end up being literal), banner wavers, hecklers and abusers very welcome.

FMoP and Goaty, sorry you won't be joining me this year and that I won't be joining you (again) in Paris. I should, however, be doing my local Half about three weeks prior to London, if either of you fancy joining me?

Terroratthepicnic - I'm also signed into the Grim in December! Which day are you doing it?
 

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#12
I'm in!

Fifth time lucky with a ballot entry, although the buggers claimed I had only three previous negative ballot entries, not four. Funny that, because whilst I did run it in 2007 that was courtesy of a Golden Bond place from Combat Stress AFTER receiving a negative ballot. However, trivia aside, I'm conscious of the fact that last time was an adventure, this time I'm only too aware of every agonising step and mental turmoil to come. Supporters (could well end up being literal), banner wavers, hecklers and abusers very welcome.

FMoP and Goaty, sorry you won't be joining me this year and that I won't be joining you (again) in Paris. I should, however, be doing my local Half about three weeks prior to London, if either of you fancy joining me?

Terroratthepicnic - I'm also signed into the Grim in December! Which day are you doing it?
yaaaay! well done Dolls.....now DO what the doc tells ye - not what you want to , for once in your life! You know it makes sense.

You can think of me this weekend slappin the pavement through the rain in the Great South Run.


Ahem....Care to break my cherry Miss ? ;-) ( be the first to whack some wedge on my spons page that is !)

http://www.arrse.co.uk/sports-adven...51066-great-south-run-2010-a.html#post3466257

good luck with the training ya mad wee pocket rocket.

PM me a snail mail and I'll pop 'the kneecare Handbook' in the post.

Anyone else got an entry this year ?


Le Chevre
 

terroratthepicnic

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#14
I'm in!

Fifth time lucky with a ballot entry, although the buggers claimed I had only three previous negative ballot entries, not four. Funny that, because whilst I did run it in 2007 that was courtesy of a Golden Bond place from Combat Stress AFTER receiving a negative ballot. However, trivia aside, I'm conscious of the fact that last time was an adventure, this time I'm only too aware of every agonising step and mental turmoil to come. Supporters (could well end up being literal), banner wavers, hecklers and abusers very welcome.

FMoP and Goaty, sorry you won't be joining me this year and that I won't be joining you (again) in Paris. I should, however, be doing my local Half about three weeks prior to London, if either of you fancy joining me?

Terroratthepicnic - I'm also signed into the Grim in December! Which day are you doing it?
Sunday, it should be a laugh.
 

Goatman

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#15
for those who don't get the personalised letter from Dave ' prawn curry the night before' Bedford - here y'go:
If you are one of those just starting on the long road to the big race next April, you can give your training a boost by tracking your training with an official Virgin London Marathon blog. A blog is a great way of recording your training progress and keeping you motivated during those long hard months of training that lie ahead.

Each year our community of Virgin London Marathon bloggers are a great source of motivation and practical tips to ensure that each and every one of you who is planning on running next April has all the support you need. So why not kick-start your training and start a blog today?

David Bedford, Race Director, Virgin London Marathon


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#16
Terroratthepicnic - shame, Flowers and I are booked in for Saturday giving us more recovery time from the hangover we're planning post race. I wonder if any other ARRSERs will make themselves known for either day nearer the time.

I've checked down the back of the sofa, Goaty, and the contents added to the coffers. Best of luck on Sunday, I'll think of you, if I remember! :p. I'm only sorry not to be doing it again too, really fancied it this year but tried to enter too late although as it happens I couldn't now anyway as my surgeon has banned running for 2 weeks following minor surgery a week ago... I guess he doesn't want claret squirting out through the stitch holes! (I may, or may not have run for part of my 3 mile walk earlier... whoops)

Polar69 - first time I entered (in 2006 for the 2007 race) was via a postal form one of the major running magazines, no idea if that is still possible. Since then I've always entered on-line; I believe the entries open the minute the actual race does.
 

Goatman

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#17
I've checked down the back of the sofa, Goaty, and the contents added to the coffers. Best of luck on Sunday, I'll think of you, if I remember! :p. I'm only sorry not to be doing it again too, really fancied it this year but tried to enter too late although as it happens I couldn't now anyway as my surgeon has banned running for 2 weeks following minor surgery a week ago... I guess he doesn't want claret squirting out through the stitch holes! (I may, or may not have run for part of my 3 mile walk earlier... whoops
Seen, bless poppy X

( watch my lips - Doctors advice should be followed, mostly....... dog, buy, bark self = double plus ungood !)
 

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#19
So far that's 5 threads you've written "valuable information" into.......are you a dick?
I'm sure he is......you on the other hand have crayoned on a thread relating to the Virgin London Marathon next year ...out of the blue.....out of context....without so much as being formally introduced......care to elucidate ?
 

Goatman

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#20
In 2010 Combat Stress had 14 runners - they raised £26,000 for the charity.

Anyone got a Golden Bond place for 2011 with them ?

Special mention to the 96 runners for C-S in the London 10K earlier this year too.....good race for people who want to see some of the sights but failed to get in the VLM (again !)

A Big THANK YOU To... - Fundraising - Combat Stress

Oh, and 'cos I can (and to avoid starting yet another post)

Bupa's Top Five Winter Running Tips
9 Nov 2010
Simon Fairthorne, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist at Bupa’s Sports Centre of Excellence in the Barbican, London shares some top tips for winter...

1. Warm up slowly
Cold weather will cause blood to shunt towards the trunk and away from the extremities. Therefore, to encourage blood to the limbs, spend 5 minutes walking, wiggling the fingers and toes as you try and establish a light sweat. Then start stretching the leg muscles for at least 30 seconds and begin a gentle run, allowing 5 minutes to bring yourself up to normal pace.

2. Be seen
Short days and long nights make the need for reflective strips on running shoes and clothing mandatory. Thankfully, most running specific clothing already has this built in, but an added reflective band around your leg or arm will help you to be seen.

3. Breathe Slowly
Cold air can cause the airways to constrict when you are trying to breathe whilst running. By holding your breath for one second longer, you can open up special airways in the lung that help it to work more effectively in cold weather. Practice this and you’ll find breathing in the cold far easier.

4. Avoid Twisted Ankles
The risk of twisting an ankle increases in wet and icy conditions. Some ankle sprains may take three months to heal, and can cause ligament damage, so avoid running in the dark where you can't see loose paving stones. Visit Bupa Running for tips and advice from sports medicine experts on what you can do to prevent injuries occurring.

5. Don't Get Cold
You will find that your temperature drops rapidly once you finish running, so don't stop completely at the end of a run. A 5-10 minute brisk walk at the end of your run will ensure that your muscles don't cramp up and may help to prevent delayed onset muscle soreness.
Great South 2011 is open.....
 

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