Much to my surprise my entry to the London Marathon in 2008 was accepted in the ballot. The last time I got a place like that was for Paris in 1999. Every other marathon I've always run under a charity's golden bond scheme.
The acceptance form has a useful box which allows me to defer my entry until 2009. With my knee still not working properly after I tore the meniscus back in March, despite an apparently successful operation, this looks to be my only option.
I'm going to give it a couple of weeks before I send in my deferral but I'm not confident of getting from zero to marathon shape on a dodgy knee in the time available. In fact, I'm not sure I could pull off 200 yards right now.