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slowpoke rodriguez




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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2003 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wow, that really is a lot of dosh to raise. I think it's more than I can badger family and friends for. I think I'll just take Daz's advice and lie about the number of times I've been rejected next year.

Center parcs was actually very good - I went as a sceptic and was pleasantly surprised. There is masses for the children to do and for a big group like we were it is great for a long weekend. I was trying to describe it to a friend today and the best I could come up with was, imagine if Sweden and Tellytubbyland got together and had a child - the result would be Center Parcs - pleasant landscape, lots of forest, everywhere is clean, there's no antisocial behaviour, people cycle everywhere and there are loads of bunnies hopping about!
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Sue




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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2003 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Isnt it about 200 they pay for each place?

----but one of those places was mine Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2003 4:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sue, I also think your finishing time prediction box has a lot to do with it.

If you think about it the organisors will want to have a good range of finishing times so the race doesn't pose any congestion problems and people continue to flood through at a steady rate.
Because of this, the most popular prediction times (prob 4-5hours) will have a smaller percentage of places per applicant.

For me personally, I have entered 7 london marathons (inc next year) and been accepted for 5. Despite he rejection:acceptance ratio goign down I have got in the last 3 times and really think it's because I have chosen not-so-popular prediction times.

Last 3 times I have put something like 2:50. Way above what I'd normally do (3:10-3:15) but a time that a lot of people wont put. Lets face it, a fair number might be optemistic and go for 3hours, but not many will go further than that.

The BBC also seem quite happy about the number of people they claim have gone through in sub3. I remember the commentator claiming last time that we had the largest field of finishers under 3hours in any marathon worldwide.

So what I'm saying is, if GFYA entry for women is still 3:45, then put down something like 3:12......and just start a few pens back! Very Happy
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Robert




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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2003 5:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sue - next time, stick yourself down for a sub-3hr marathon and then blame your lack of performance on a dodgy knee/ankle/whatever. The most they can do is stop you from entering the following year! Twisted Evil
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Sue




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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2003 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you mean lack of performance Rob
--have you ever seen me in a marathon Cool
When you run your 1st marathon I'll try for a sub 3 ( Shocked ) --Can always try Wink
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Robert




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PostPosted: Tue Dec 09, 2003 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or maybe that should've been sub-2hr? I don't know - I can't even watch it on TV, I get bored after 15mins!

Give me Superstars any day! Woo-hoo!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 10, 2003 4:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey for those of you that didn't get in come on up and do the stafford half in march.. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 14, 2003 11:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The thing I hate most is the magazine. It has "UNSUCCESSFUL MARATHON APPLICANT" in capital letters at the bottom of every page. Apart from that it's a great read, but just as I start to get into it, I get to the bottom of the page, and start to cry! Crying or Very sad

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 16, 2003 10:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, I got rejected too. Had to phone up though to find out as I hadn't received anything through the post. So unfair. What makes it more annoying is my brother also applied and got a place, jammy git. I'm the one that got him into running and persuaded him to enter.
On the upside I've been confirmed for HIMUK Sherborne, yippee!!
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2004 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just testing
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Robert




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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2004 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who are these oldies?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2004 9:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They're the people who have joined between the date of the old version of the memberlist and when it all went wrong. Because the posts exist but the member they've been assigned a number.

I was old 126 but now my old posts say my name because I've been put back on the memberlist.

Or something like that!
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Robert




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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2004 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

(Penny drops)!
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Nicla




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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2004 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems I was OLD145 Joined 1970. Bloody hell I wasn't even born then! Back to being plain old Nicla. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2004 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There you go Nicla, I've changed old 145 to (Nicla), in brackets as the username can't be duplicated, so it'll appear by all of your old posts.

Only 50 odd left to find Confused
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