I'm afraid for London Marathon, London Triathlon et al charities have to pay huge moolah to get their entries so inevitably someones sponsorship money goes to pay for them.
A friend of mine who was working for a small local charity applied for London Triathlon places, she was shocked to be told that she had to purchase them in bulk (batches of 10 or something - apologies I can't remember exact details) for quite a sum of money (£100's not £10's). That was two years ago.
As an event organiser I can understand that there is a cost involved and in the tri world that cost can be quite extensive hence the higher prices.
Mind you - I still can't understand why the VLM charges such a high price for their charity places but that's a discussion for another day...
So far as I am away IMUK has official charity places through the local Rotary club with a minimum pledge of £1,000.00, I think you have to pay £100.00 with your entry.
The North American IM races all have charity slots but are $1,000.00 dollars and YOU pay that amount for a place!
RNLI ironman wales deal!!
£200 REG/ £100 SPONSORSHIP -http://www.rnli.org.uk/rnli_near_you/west/event_detail?articleid=704075&categoryid=21824
£300 REG -http://www.rnli.org.uk/how_to_support_us/events/event_detail?articleid=704088&categoryid=21882
Visit the official Triathlete's World page
Follow Triathlete's World on Twitter
Other Natmag-Rodale Sites
About Triathlete's World