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31/10/2013 at 09:41

Well NY Marathon is struggling to fill it's charity places.



I wonder if some charities gearing up for London are nervous.

31/10/2013 at 10:01
I can imagine that quite a few will struggle.
Most people have a lot less money than in previous years. There are also a lot more big races about these days that don't require such a big commitment.
seren nos    pirate
31/10/2013 at 10:31

some were stuggling last year..there seemed to be a lot more posts on here than normal giving people a late chance


31/10/2013 at 10:33

I don't think the Mayor's response last year to not cancel and then cancel when all the suckers had arrived helped much. That guy shoud have been sacked straight away. A lot of people, including the charidees spent a lot of money for no return that year. 

seren nos    pirate
31/10/2013 at 10:35

with america part of it could be aknee gut reaction to people not entering as it might be dangerous....

i remember in 1985 there there 1000's of american students in brighton for a year overseas studies.

 then after diplomatic relations went downhill and gadaffi threatened britain those applying dropped to around 100.........they panic big time......

I went to egypt a week after 9/11 and there were no americans to be seen at the tourist palces at all......

they think they are safer in their own homes with their guns

cougie    pirate
31/10/2013 at 10:37
How much is a gold bond place ? ??300 - ??400 ? And charities are asking you to raise ??2000. That's a nice return on their investment. I guess the extras they offer you bump up their costs a bit - I think I'd rather the charity got a bit more cash than the runner getting a buffet or whatever.
31/10/2013 at 10:57

Well, while the London Marathon continues to break the record for fundraising from a single event every year, I guess charities will continue to demand similar amounts....


31/10/2013 at 18:38

peter you have hit it right on the head, all they are worried about is raising £xxxx, for charity and being the biggest in the world, and that is why I would never take a bond place again, made that mistake once,never again

31/10/2013 at 18:46

Well, it's not a bad ambition to raise lots of money for charity. I think, however, that anything over £1000 is putting a lot of pressure on people who aren't professional fundraisers...

31/10/2013 at 19:06
Especially with the threat that you have to make up the difference.
20/11/2013 at 16:13

Is there a website or anything like that where you can see which charities are struggling to fill the places?

20/11/2013 at 16:17

Not exactly, but there's one where you can see who has places left:


20/11/2013 at 16:21

Rick, bear in mind that the more obscure charities ask for less because it's much harder to raise money for an obscure charity!

Everyone will give to Cancer Research, less so for (say) Diabetes UK.


20/11/2013 at 17:42

As a diabetic, I'd urge everyone to give loads to Diabetes UK.

20/11/2013 at 18:07

Unfortunately I have already checked with Diabetes UK and all their places have already been allocated

21/11/2013 at 13:15

Diabetes UK are still major league in the grand scheme of things.  Just a quick glance at the first page of Crunch shows four charities I've never even heard of.  You may not feel passionately about their causes, but there you go...

Cheerful Dave    pirate
21/11/2013 at 14:17

Interesting that in all the FAQs on that Crunch website it avoids possibly the most frequently asked question: "what happens if I fail to meet my fundraising target?"

21/11/2013 at 14:47
The charity spammers that come on here always avoid answering that question as well.
21/11/2013 at 14:59

Charities for Great South Run gave away free spaces.  My brother ran for Asthma UK for free in a £50 race.

21/11/2013 at 15:52
Cheerful Dave wrote (see)

Interesting that in all the FAQs on that Crunch website it avoids possibly the most frequently asked question: "what happens if I fail to meet my fundraising target?"

I don't think anybody has ever been able to answer that question definitively.

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