Dates for 2018 Spring Marathons
25th March - Daffodil Dawdle
2nd April - Manchester
8th April - Paris & Bungay
15th April - Brighton
16th April - Boston
22nd April - London
7th May - Milton Keynes
tbc May - Halstead & Essex
27th May - Edinburgh
Spring Marathon Runners 2018 (as they unfold - please let us know if you are running firstname.lastname@example.org)
London - 22nd April
Emma Attwood (GFA)
Gemma Porch (GFA)
Jo Stephenson (GFA)
London Marathon Runners & Supporters Club Coach - 22nd April 2018
We are organising our annual club coach for VLM runners and supporters travelling to London from Stowmarket and surrounding villages - all are welcome. Its lots of fun, a great atmosphere and the perfect opportunity to support your fellow participating Striders. If you would like to book seats, simply fill in the booking form, returning it with your payment to Denise Wright (details are on the form). Please note that completed form and payment must be submitted before your seat can be confirmed. Family members and friends are most welcome too.
Pre-Marathon Pasta Party - April 2018 - date and venue to be confirmed
We usually have lots of Striders running in spring marathons and hold an annual pasta party in celebration. It usually promises to be a fun, enjoyable, social evening, open to all Striders, not just those running.
The London Marathon - How to enter
We know of 5 ways to enter the London Marathon:
The Online Ballot
The Virgin London Marathon 2018 online entry ballot system has closed and those runners that entered via the ballot were told at the beginning of October that they either have a place or have been rejected by receipt of the "Accepted" or "Rejected" magazine.
Should you be unsuccessful in the ballot, or would like to raise money for you favourite cause then consider running for a charity.
Each Charity has to pay approximately £250 for each place, so charity places are not handed out for free. You will be expected to raise a large sum of money, between £1,000 and £1,500, for your London Marathon place.
The qualifying standards for a marathon are sub 2:45 for men or sub 3:15 for women. If you are a member of a UKA club and have a qualifying performance in the last two years you can apply for automatic entry to the London Marathon.
Good for age
There is also a sliding scale for those who are 'Good for your Age'. Again, apply to London Marathon for a guaranteed place. The scale is as follows:
|Age Category||Men's Time||Women's Time|
|18-40||sub 3:05||sub 3:45|
|41-49||sub 3:15||sub 3:50|
|50-59||sub 3:20||sub 4:00|
|60-64||sub 3:45||sub 4:30|
|65-69||sub 4:00||sub 5:00|
|70-75||sub 5:00||sub 6:00|
|76+||sub 5:30||sub 6:30|
Each UK Athletics-affiliated club is guaranteed a number of places dependant upon the number of club members amongst other criteria. The Stowmarket Striders usually have 3 or 4 guaranteed places to the London Marathon. To apply for a club place, the membership has agreed on the following criteria.