It’s that time of year again, October, one of my favourite months of the year. Pumpkin spice lattes are back in a well-known coffee chain, Strictly is back on the tele (never thought I’d say this but I really like Joe Sugg) and the London marathon ballot results are finally out.

It’s been six months since the ballot closed on the 4th of May, with the highly anticipated results hitting our doormats or inboxes this week.

It is like waiting for the X factor judges decision. I am sat here expecting the annual ‘it’s a no from me’ email whilst scrolling through Instagram congratulating the lucky few that get in.

What are my chances?
This year a record 414,168 people entered to gain one of approx 17,500 ballot places. So by my calculations, that’s a 1 in 24 chance of getting in. I figure if I keep applying I might stand a chance of getting in before I’m 60.

For some, the rejection will be accompanied by a huge sigh of relief. For me, I will be genuinely gutted to miss out. I’d love to run it this year more than most as the 2019 Charity of the Year is the Dementia Revolution.

If you’re lucky enough to get a ballot spot then huge congratulations – if you don’t – the London Marathon website has a list of charities that have spaces in the event. These usually specify a minimum sponsorship of around £2000 and some, sadly have another ballot for you to try your luck at.

If you can’t commit to that level of fundraising there are other spring marathons, with Manchester and Brighton both being held in April and Edinburgh and Liverpool being held in May.

A marathon is the same distance, regardless of location. Best of luck in the ballot. All I ask is if you are lucky enough to get a ballot place – please take part and enjoy every second those places are hard to come by.


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