Posted: 04/02/2016 at 16:12
no he hasn't 'killed' the London Marathon.
That happened when the event was consumed by the pox of 'golden bonded places', taking it away from 'the people' & into the palms of the charities.
one of the original reasons why they set it up was to raise money for charity....not just so joe average runner could have a right to run in London..
That's not quite right, or at least stretching things a bit. The six original aims that were set out for the London Marathon were (quoting from the VLM website):
- To improve the overall standard and status of British marathon running by providing a fast course and strong international competition.
- To show mankind that, on occasions, they can be united.
- To raise money for sporting and recreational facilities in London.
- To help boost London’s tourism.
- To prove that ‘Britain is best’ when it comes to organising major events.
- To have fun, and provide some happiness and sense of achievement in a troubled world.
Only one of those is concerned with charities, and even that is limited to sports facilities. Now, I suspect that Disley & Brasher couldn't have envisaged the amounts that could be raised, and they may well have been fully supportive of what their baby has become, but the original aims were more about enjoyment of running and improvement than they were about raising money.
My theory, for what it's worth (nothing, probably) is that the organisers of the LM were unsure in the 80s whether it was going to take off and went down the charity route in order to help the thing grow and to court public opinion (this was an age, remember, before charities were routinely, and mostly unfairly, accused of being money-grubbing monoliths that pay their top staff six-figure salaries). Golden bonds secured the future of the LM, in their eyes, as a mass event that also did some good. My feeling, having run it twice (and will never do so again) is that it is what it is and, anyway, there are so many other marathons now you can pick and choose if you really don't like the London one.