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Tommygun2    pirate
29/01/2013 at 09:14

The other thing about R4L is that its not very challenging, and to be honest I would rather sponsor someone for a local 10k or HM who actually did some training. Rather than the ladies who get up on a sunday to stroll round a un- measured non timed 5k.

I know people will say "oh but you got to start somewhere" but Parktrun would be a better place to start. IMHO

29/01/2013 at 10:24
It's also free to enter.
29/01/2013 at 10:50

I've never got Parkrun....

It's free, No medal, No goody bag and no charity

Is it really a proper race ?

seren nos    pirate
29/01/2013 at 11:08

so I underestimated the figures .so race for life get millions for holding the races.none of which goes to cancer charity..........

what i still want to know if where can I find a breakdown for their costs........

out of principle i give to charities but i won't give if someone is taking money for it by collecting..

I will sponsor someone who is paying their own costs to walk the great wll of china but will not sponsor them if part of my sponsorship is going to cover their costs for a trip of a lifetime.......

 Its great that millions are raised but i wouldn't want to support a charity if they are pocketing hundreds of thousands of cash in their own pockets whilst organising these things.........

This may not be the case here which is why i am asking the person who promoted it on this site where i can see the figures of expenditure so i can be satisfied that I  am supporting a good cause without lining the pockets of individuals on the way....

I think everyone who gives to charity should enquire where the money is going to and that it is being wisely spent and that a fortune is not going to some individuals


29/01/2013 at 20:39

Cougie, yes I get things in return for my tax but I'm still paying for those who don't pay, and over the years I've put in much and had little, so to me it's either a form of Charity, or Charity is another tax, and one is enough

02/02/2013 at 16:50
Mr Puffy wrote (see)

And the way they announce that "Thirty per cent of women DO NOT HAND OVER THEIR SPONSORSHIP" and then email participants for months afterwardsasking them where their money is, as if they've pissed it up the wall in Benidorm, when in fact they thought they were supporting cancer research  just by paying the inflated entry fee.

The reason women don't "hand over" their sponsorship is because they collect it directly on sites like justgiving, so they don't have anything to hand over.  I've already raised this on the CRUK Facebook page as it's horribly misleading and makes people very angry.  Also - lots of people sign up but then don't do it for whatever reason, so of course they don't hand over any cash because they haven't "earned" any.  Of course, I was completely ignored. Why let the truth get in the way of an emotive headline?

Race for Life got me running, so I'm not saying it's a bad thing, but I find CRUK's attitude arrogant at times. I don't like organisations who ignore comments on Facebook.  There's also the whole controversy about excluding men and boys, though it's unclear to me why the men who want to raise money can't choose another event to run (I was told it's because they're all 10ks and some guys want to do 5k - I give you parkrun then and actually a lot of longer events have 5k fun runs). I much prefer parkrun or the many club-organised lower-key but as good if not better events.

It's also a mystery to me how it can cost so much to put on when there's no timing, no closed roads etc and the medals are rubbish!  But I don't deny that the events make a lot of money for a deserving cause.

Edited: 02/02/2013 at 16:54

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