So who got a place in VLM 2010

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01/10/2009 at 14:07
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.
01/10/2009 at 14:08

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!

01/10/2009 at 14:10
Yay, another VLM rejection thread!!!!
01/10/2009 at 14:11
Me - Not doing any charity for this one tho' All for me...........................................................
Edited: 01/10/2009 at 14:12
01/10/2009 at 14:16
I might get a place through the club though.Aparently they get 3 places. Last year only 6 people put there names in the hat so I still have a good chance.
01/10/2009 at 14:52
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!!
01/10/2009 at 15:04

Congrats on your places KK and Gaz. Im still anxiously waiting

01/10/2009 at 15:07

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. . .

01/10/2009 at 15:07
I haven't had mine through yet i'm not anticipating getting in 1st time so am just waiting for my new red rain jacket to arrive! If I do get in by some miracle I will have to either get down to some serious training or defer for 2011, with a new baby due in December I may be too knackered to train properly for next year. Will have to wait and see!
01/10/2009 at 15:13

I am sure you are just saying this to rile me Jack.

Congrats on the baby by the way.

01/10/2009 at 15:18
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.

01/10/2009 at 15:41
Catchee Monkey wrote (see)

I am sure you are just saying this to rile me Jack.

Congrats on the baby by the way.


I will have to see how hard the work is with the baby. Can't see me getting in 1st time though
01/10/2009 at 15:45
Using the criteria on this thread http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/forummessages.asp?UTN=147941&URN=11&dt=4&srchdte=0&cp=11&v=6&sp= it seems I am in!  Yippee!!
Bionic Ironwolf    pirate
01/10/2009 at 15:51
That's why I don't bother entering London any more, it's not really a race, it's a fund-raising costume festival. Plenty of well-organised, big city marathons to do besides that one, and when I go to one of them I don't have to spend all day telling people no I'm not running for a charity and getting "those" looks. Living on the Continent,  money is raised in other ways than going round with your hand out for donations, it simply isn't done. So I'm unable to raise any significant funds for something like running a marathon.
01/10/2009 at 15:53

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. 



Edited: 01/10/2009 at 16:01
01/10/2009 at 15:55
 although there are other marathons
01/10/2009 at 16:02
Soup Dragon has gone down ... help... help ... hel ...p...h..
01/10/2009 at 16:23

didn't get in but then I didn't expect to. 

I've now entered the Edinburgh Marathon and I can't wait.  

01/10/2009 at 16:27

I await my doorstep tonight with baited breath

I run for myself, not charity, so will only do it via the ballot.

01/10/2009 at 16:37

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!

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