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We had the following letter in from a read and would like to know your thoughts:
I am one of many thousands who did not get into the Virgin London Marathon. While I agree that charities should be represented at iconic events, there are far too many places which come with very hefty fund-raising targets. There comes a time, particularly in the current economic climate, where runners can't keep tapping up the same family, friends, work colleagues and pub locals for money. I have done a lot for charity over the years and refuse to feel like I should be held to ransom by a fundraiser target. I think there should be a strict limit on the places taken by charities and celebrities; although these help raise the profile of the charity and the race, they deprive ordinary runners of a chance to race. Running is a fantastic sport and those who participate for the sheer joy of running should have greater opportunities to take part. Wish me luck next year, when I enter my third consecutive VLM ballot.
Do charities get too many places? Disucss.