Now before anyone starts shouting at me and telling me how amazing London Marathon is, i know it is amazing and have been there supporting the runners on a number of occasions.
But what stirred me to write this blog, was a number of comments I saw on social media as people are getting ready now for their London marathon, a number of comments were made, albeit prefaced with saying it’s possibly controversial, saying that they think London Marathon is overrated.
Apparently for this years London Marathon, over 250,000 people applied for a ballot place. That’s a lot!
Considering it is not the biggest marathon in the world, which is New York, that had approximately 90,000 applications for ballot places this year.
Why so many apply for London? Is it the chance of fame being on national TV? Is it for a challenge of a lifetime or raising money for a worthy charity/cause? Is it for bragging rights to say ‘i completed London Marathon’?
If it was to do a challenge by running a Marathon or raising money for a charity, there are dozens of Marathon races in UK and 100’s worldwide we can all enter by just paying and you’re in! No ballot, no waiting.
I saw one message that was asking how long the Paris Marathon ballot takes to notify people if they get a place, they were later shocked to find out that all they had to do was go online and pay for an automatic place.
I am very much looking forward to taking part in my first London Marathon in 2018, provided my qualifying time still applies from my second marathon last October in Frankfurt.
Completing any marathon is a tremendous achievement, so whether London Marathon is overrated or not, is a matter of opinion.