I too would be interested to hear forumites views. £1200 does seem a huge amount for FLM to sell the place but perhaps if it did involve corporate hospitality and other stuff it might be worth it.
I know that corporates do have large teams in the marathon - Mark & Spencers had a big team running for Childline and also exhibited at the FLM Expo but I have no idea whether they paid £1200 a pop for a place - it just sounds very high.
Blisters - Call up any charity advertising their guaranteed places and ask them how much they paid for a Golden Bond place - if they're willing to tell you - they will say £250 or thereabouts, but they have to commit to at least five places for at least five years.
David - you're right I'm not touching the British 10K argument with a bargepole ;-)
I've just read Hugh Jones' excellent full page article in this month's Runners World which covers the 118 runners.
"the runners in question have a retro look reminiscent of the Dave Bedford era. They sport his famous socks and his trademark Zapata moustache.....
Why on earth have the advertising execs come up with a couple of bouffant-haired buffons as chose purveyors of their message? Or why runners at all?.....
The idea is to stimulate a response from the public every time they see a runner.....
This tells us something about the status of running and runners. Our obscurity used to attract attention. Now running is a commonplace activity. If non runners remember the crucial number every time they happen to see a runners, then they will be remembering that number many times during a day. Runners are now accepted as a significant interest group within the population."
So perhaps DB has a point, the agency are using the profileration of runners to subliminally remind people of the number and perhaps the whole running "industry" require compensation and not just DB?????