London Marathon Ballot

As affiliates of England Athletics, Ealing Eagles receives four places for the Virgin Money London Marathon (VMLM) each year.  These places are available to members via a club ballot.

 

Ballot Criteria

Members who wish to enter the club ballot for places in April 2018 must meet following criteria at the time of the ballot (Dec 2017):

 

  • Be a fully-paid member of the Ealing Eagles Running Club since the start of the membership year of the ballot (1st May 2017)
  • Be an England Athletics member (for those who run with more than one club, you must have been a first-claim member with the Ealing Eagles from 1st May 2017)
  • Have been a member for at least 12 months as at 30th November 2017
  • Have been entered and rejected from the public ballot (proof of rejection required)
  • Have not won a VMLM place via the Ealing Eagles club ballot in the last three yearly ballots
  • Are not eligible for a Good for Age entry, which can be guaranteed directly with the VMLM organisers
  • Did not run in the previous years VMLM (i.e. 2017)

 

Members must also agree to the following in advance of winning a ballot place:

  • Pay the VMLM entry fee
  • Continue to be an active participant in the club training sessions, especially the longer Sunday runs throughout the period leading up to race day
  • Write a short news article or blog for the club website every 2 weeks during the marathon training and once after the race
  • Wear an Ealing Eagles vest on race day (high-fives to the cheer squad are optional)

 

Points System

We are using the points system again, relating to being an active participant of the club.  Below are the categories you can earn points in - you can earn points across any or all categories, our only ask is that you volunteer a minimum of 4 times:

 

  • Tail run - 1 point for each (max of 5 points) It is the tail runners responsibility to check that their tail run is recorded on the website and to contact the committee to request the tail is updated if they step in at the last minute
  • Volunteer at Ealing Eagles sessions or events - 1 point for each (min 4 points, max 10 points).  Examples of volunteering below:
    • EE10km (not applicable in 2017)
    • 10/20 mile training run (not applicable in 2017)
    • Beginners group
    • Juniors
    • Leading or assisting at sessions (Mon/Wed club run, track, hills, other coached sessions)
    • Summer League/XC captains
    • Gunnersbury fixture of Summer League
    • Watford fixture of XC Sunday League
    • Helping with the organisation of the club e.g. being on or assisting the committee
    • [NB volunteering does NOT include: tail running, volunteering at EHM, Osterley 10km or parkrun]
  • Competed in Summer League, XC (Sunday and Met League) - 1 point for each event (max 5 points)
  • Competed in Club Champs events (excluding Summer League and XC) - 1 point for each (max 5 points)
  • Competed as an Ealing Eagle wearing the club vest in any other race (excluding parkrun) - 1 point for each (max 5 points)

 

For the 2018 ballot the qualifying period is 1 December 2016 - 30 November 2017 and a minimum of 15 points (inc 4 volunteer points) will be required

 

Please submit details of all your points – the person with the most points will automatically get one of the ballot places.  If there is a tie of two or more people there will be a ballot drawn for this one place.  If you are unsuccessful then you will get a second chance and go into the ballot with all the other people for a chance to win one of the remaining places.

 

For those that significantly contribute towards the running of the club they will need to submit the details of their points but at the discretion of the committee could go into the ballot for the first place.  If unsuccessful they will then go into the second ballot for one of the remaining three places.

 

EALING EAGLES CLUB BALLOT ENTRY FOR VMLM 2018 CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY 1st DECEMBER 2017

 

IF YOU WISH TO APPLY FOR THE BALLOT PLEASE EMAIL RACE@EALINGEAGLES.COM CONFIRMING YOU MEET ALL THE CRITERIA, YOU AGREE TO THE CONDITIONS AND PROVIDE THE DETAILS OF YOUR POINTS