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.
Members who wish to enter the club ballot for places in April 2020 must meet following criteria at the time of the ballot (Dec 2019):
Be a fully-paid member of the Ealing Eagles Running Club since the start of the membership year of the ballot (1st May 2019), with no outstanding money owed to the club
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 2019)
Have been a member for at least 12 months as at 30th November 2019
Have entered and been 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 to apply for a Good for Age entry (for 2020 or 2021)
Did not run in the previous years VMLM (i.e. 2019)
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)
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 5 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 5 points, max 10 points). Examples of volunteering below:
EE organised 10/20 mile training run
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 You do not get points for volunteering at EHM, Osterley 10k or Park Run as these are not Eagles organised events
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 2020 ballot the qualifying period is 1 December 2018 - 30 November 2019 and a minimum of 18 points (inc 5 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 2020 CLOSES AT MIDNIGHT ON SUNDAY 1st DECEMBER 2019
IF YOU WISH TO APPLY FOR THE BALLOT PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND COMPLETE THIS FORM THEN EMAIL IT TO RACE@EALINGEAGLES.COM. PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL ALSO NEED TO ATTACH PROOF OF REJECTION FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC BALLOT.