Each year UKA provide to the club one entry to the London Marathon to give to one of our members. The Club Committee decided that the member will be chosen by random draw, however only members who meet the following criteria will be entered in the draw each year:
You have not won the draw in the previous 3 draws.
You must be a member of the club for a minimum of one year.
You must have tried to the enter the London Marathon this year through the ballot system and been rejected.
Your intention must be to enter the marathon as a Langport Runner and be a paid club member when you take part in the marathon.
As of the 9th October 2018 members have started to receive the rejection emails and letters. 414,000 people entered the ballot so the number of rejections is going to be extremely high. Unfortunately VLM do not give precise figures on the number of ballot entries which are successful, however the estimated success rate is very low at 4%
We are now collecting names to be entered in the club draw for entry to the 2019 London Marathon.
So far we have the following names in the draw:
Steve Small, James Andrews, John Howard, Michael Norton, Kate Lewis, Melanie Munday, Sue White, Nicky Chrascina, Paul Gold, Andrew Armstrong, Shaun Howells, Brad Taylor, Liz Martin, Grahame Turner, Ben Fogwill
Date for the draw has not been decided yet but normally it is in November.
On the 17th Oct 2018 the Committee decided that the 3 draw rule will be extended to 5 draws, however it will not come into affect until after the 2019 draw. Therefore the 3 draw rule will continue for the 2018 & 2019 draws and the 5 draw rule will commence for the 2020 draw and onwards.