Womble78, sorry mate but the charities should be paying £1000 per bond place then they wouldn't be hogging all the places and expecting outragous fees, and that would allow more places for the lottery, then more individuals would be able to take part, which is what the idea of the "London Marathon" was all about
I agree that there should be more of a balance. But if the charities didn't have to pay £500 for a place then they wouldn't have to ask £1200 min to cover their costs, which would make it more realistic for a lot more people to commit to running for them. Also the charity aspect is a huge part of the spirit of the event and enhances the atmosphere massively, take it away and it wouldn't be the same. £38 for a general entry is ridiculously low for an event of this scale, that's the going rate for a lot of 10k's. New York and Chicago charge around £180, somewhere in between would be a fairer amount...
It's always annoyed me that the race is subsidised by the charities, £500 for a Golden Bond place is outrageous. They should up the fee for a ballot place to £100, that's a fairer reflection of the cost
I'll get my yearly suggestion in early. I think they should move the entry date to October, change it to first come first served and charge £100 per entry. Would people still be disapointed? Yup. But they are now anyway.
Totally agree that entry should be around £100, it would be infinitely fairer than having the charities pay £500 for each of their places. £100 is a fairer reflection of the value of the place (US marathon entries cost circa $200). Also moving entry to October would allow more people to attempt a GFA time at an autumn marathon.