Having done London 3 times (including last year) and not getting a ballot place this time round I'm also considering buying my way in through charity, I love it that much. Nothing comes close to the buzz and atmosphere apart from perhaps the other Majors. Paris is not comparable at all and Brighton is nice and they've done a great job with it but it's no London and TBF it doesn't claim to be. For your first do London or New York.
Unless you have some inherent talent a GFA target of 3:05 is a tall order. Have got a half time of 1:28 & been trying for 8 years, still can't get within 15 minutes of it. If a training plan was accomplished without any injuries and if absolutely everything went perfect on the day it may be feasible.. IMO it's not attainable for everyone.
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