Anyone willing to pay their own sponsorship for GB places?
Just to close this one off, a year on: in the end I got lucky and got a ballot place for VLM in 2013 so raised what people generously offered and put in a bit of my own. However after seeing friends get turned down 7+ times for London yet refuse to do a golden bond place and get very upset about it, I do wonder why they don't try and put some money aside for 3 or 4 years and then get themself a golden bond place if so desparate to run it.
For last year's GNR I did indeed do a standing order instead of traditional sponsorship.
I have now come to the conclusion that charities are grateful for the money no matter where it comes from (provided it's legal of course!) and doubt they look into or mind whether the runner donates the pledged amount out of thier own pocket. So should I decide to enter a race via a golden bond place again and find it's too early/cheeky to ask for sponsorship, I'll see no problem in saving up the funds myself and making the donation from my own means.
Each to their own. I think I'd rather save up for a nice holiday than a running race. Is it really worth £1000+ of your own money to run a particular marathon when there are so many others available? Even if I was wealthy enough to make that sort of a donation to charity I think I'd rather do so directly than by taking up a GB place.
I'm with philpub, I'd rather save for a nice holiday. Even incorporate that holiday with a run abroad if possible.
It's the Daily Wail, but it wouldn't surprise me if there was a lot of truth in this:
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