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I think the whole "charity place" thing with the marathon is heading for a big legal challenge - especially as more and more ballot places are being sacrificed for bonded ones.
If you are running for a charity that demands you raise £1800 (for example) and £600 of that is to cover the cost of the bonded place then should you be required to put on your sponsorship form that: "30p of every pound donated will go towards paying for my marathon place"?
I think if that was a requirement then a lot of sponsors would think twice about how much they commit to...
Looking at how the so-called "budget airlines" have been forced to declare all their hidden charges I think that if you are asking someone to contribute to a charitable cause you should be completely open about how much of their donation will actually count.
It's a can of worms that I don't think anobody wants to open!
Brad Robinson 2 wrote (see)
I just got home and found the commiserations magazine dumped on the floor with the rest of my junk mail. Now I have to decide which crappy charity to run for,and spend the next 6 months pretending to be interested in raising money for them.
Congrats on your places KK and Gaz. Im still anxiously waiting
I just got dumped for the 4th year in a row. I am going to do Brighton as gave up Abingdon. I get so upset about it. I live on the path of the London Marathon, and have to stand there, year after year, and watch people walk past. I will be out with my air gun this year shooting at the feet of those who haven't trained.
All for charity, and was doing it last year for charity but had to withdraw due to an ear operation to give someone else a place (they were oversubscribed). Just a heck of a lot of money £1650 the year I am getting married, or any year - and I don't know about you lot, but this year has been a nightmare for me for fundraising. Donation fatigue seems to have set in.
Anyway - well done to those who have. Train hard and run for me come April. Don't train hard and I will see you at Tower Bridge. I will be the one with the air rile pointed at your feet. . .
I am sure you are just saying this to rile me Jack.
Congrats on the baby by the way.
Thera wrote (see)
Brad Robinson 2 wrote (see)I just got home and found the commiserations magazine dumped on the floor with the rest of my junk mail. Now I have to decide which crappy charity to run for,and spend the next 6 months pretending to be interested in raising money for them.
If running is your hobby you don't have to run for charity if you don't want to! I did a local marathon in spring and I didn't run for charity. I did feel bad at the time but I get the impression now that plenty of people run because they want rather than having to raise money. It shoudl be fun!!
Yeah, when people go off to play a footy match, no one asks them whether they've been sponsored. But if you run then you're supposed to raise money.
Catchee Monkey wrote (see)
I am sure you are just saying this to rile me Jack.Congrats on the baby by the way.
I'm a reject based on that thread Schmunks.
and now i'ev spilled tea over the lap top wihc is dying fast...........
where did this big space come forrm? can#t get rid of it and computer is f-=ck-d.
didn't get in but then I didn't expect to.
I've now entered the Edinburgh Marathon and I can't wait.
I await my doorstep tonight with baited breath
I run for myself, not charity, so will only do it via the ballot.
I sometimes run for charity, but only if I've got my own place first, I only raise a few scrappy quid from close friends and family. can't be bothered with trying to raise hundreds!
I'm a reject for the 3rd time... or is it 4 now?
Can't raise thousands when I bug my mates all year long for nursery / school fundraisers.
I'm in at the second time of asking!
Consider myself a lucky get, was definately expecting a "better luck next time" pack.
I thought if you applied 3 years in a row and got rejected you'd get in automatically after that. Is that not right? Or is it 5 years?
I'm yet to decide if to run for a charity or just scrap the idea and do something else. Like something overseas.
Further to your telephone call to the London Marathon helpline over the last 48 hours, we can confirm that your application for a guaranteed entry in the Virgin London Marathon has been successful and our database has been amended to show that this is your sixth consecutive year of applying.
We apologise for the confusion caused, but we hope this will now resolve the situation.
Your entry into the 2010 Virgin London Marathon is guaranteed and as such you will receive an Acceptance magazine in the post. Please allow two weeks for the magazine to arrive before contacting us.
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I am amazed that I have got in. This is my first year of trying.
Marathons are **** anyway!
Why bother? 5k's are the way forward...lot less bother