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lazybloke

Let's go sledding
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In a cemetery
The precise reason for my stack of rejections mechanism of the ballot seems to be a matter of speculation but is widely held to be based on groupings by age and gender, and possibly also diversity to make the event more inclusive.

Frustrating to see DNS in the results, over and over.


If I recall correctly, the ballot results are due in early Feb this year . Alas, don't recall where I saw this.
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
Does anyone know how likely you are to get in through the ballot, and when they release the ballot results?
1) Who knows. It's a long way from a dead cert, put it like that. I've entered every ballot since it started except for one. I've never got a place. I know people of similar demographic to me who have got in, however.
2) Early February.

Edit. Beaten to it by @lazybloke
 
Makes you wonder how many of the 25,000 spots go to charity listings.

It's the same organisation that do the London Marathon, of which it seem 70-80% of spots are charity entries.
 
It could, it very well may do. Taking in some of the ‘bergs’ on the way ( Swains lane etc.).
The London Marathon course could be used for the last 26 miles, so the route would need to arrive at Greenwich at about mile 75.

Swain's Lane might be too narrow to be included, but there's plenty of climbing to be had around Hampstead, Highgate, and other parts of north London.

Down south, the likes of Sydenham and Crystal Palace would keep the riders honest.
 
The London Marathon course could be used for the last 26 miles, so the route would need to arrive at Greenwich at about mile 75.

Swain's Lane might be too narrow to be included, but there's plenty of climbing to be had around Hampstead, Highgate, and other parts of north London.

Down south, the likes of Sydenham and Crystal Palace would keep the riders honest.
The having to get 25000+ riders through safely , would cause issues with a lot of the ‘old and ancient’ bits of town. but there are still lots of bits that would work well.
 
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icowden

icowden

Senior Member
Location
Surrey
Does anyone know how likely you are to get in through the ballot, and when they release the ballot results?
It is worth noting that if you want to do the event and don't get the ballot, charity places tend to have reasonable fundraising targets. As an example, JDRF target is £500 (see my signature!!) and Diabetes UK is £525. Other charities may vary. Considering charity places for London Marathon are often targeted at the £1000 to £2500 level, it makes it seem a good way to go for a ride :-)
 

EltonFrog

Henceforth known as Mr Floppy
The ballot is a lottery, I’ve entered 6 times and got 3 places, I’ve also ridden it once for charity and won a place in a competition. I didn’t take up the last ballot successful ballot entry.
 

Dogtrousers

Kilometre nibbler
The precise reason for my stack of rejections mechanism of the ballot seems to be a matter of speculation but is widely held to be based on groupings by age and gender, and possibly also diversity to make the event more inclusive.
There are lots of theories about how the ballot is weighted and how you can improve your chances. I suspect most, if not all, are rubbish. However, here's my pet rubbish theory based on a laughably small sample size.

I ride regular centuries and know exactly how long it takes me - so I put down an honest estimated time of 8hr (that would be on the brisk side for me, but I figured the closed roads might speed things up a tad). My friends, who rarely ride centuries but do much shorter rides more quickly were more optimistic and put in more ambitious times. One even mistakenly put in his estimated time for 100km. They got places - I didn't. So maybe, if you are a real slow trundler, you should lie about your speed.

Or maybe just trust to luck.
 
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vickster

Legendary Member
Does anyone know how likely you are to get in through the ballot, and when they release the ballot results?
Too many variables but they get around 80000 applications. There are around 24k places for the 100 but a good chunk go to charities, some to clubs and some to corporate/celebs etc
Best odds maybe 1 in 6 but potentially lower if you’re Male aged 20-50 which will be a larger but more oversubscribed bucket.
Results in Feb/March
 

Beebo

Firm and Fruity
Location
Hexleybeef
A start on Blackheath. Straight up shooters hill, then off into Kent. And back to the Mall would be doable as a route. There are some very sharp hills on the North Downs.
 

vickster

Legendary Member
A start on Blackheath. Straight up shooters hill, then off into Kent. And back to the Mall would be doable as a route. There are some very sharp hills on the North Downs.
Not such a good thing for such a large event IMO, especially when you have such a range of experience, ability and capability. Fine for a small sportive
 
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