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Ballot places per charity

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Oct 2015
4:06pm, 28 Oct 2015
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I've just filled out my Golden Bond registration and have inadvertently found out the charity I'm running for has got 5 places.

Out of curiosity, does anyone have figures for other charities? It would be fascinating to know how much each of them is prepared to spend on VMLM places.
Oct 2015
5:19pm, 28 Oct 2015
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Doctor K
Having previously been involved with the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation they used to pay several hundred pounds for a London place. I'm not sure how they were allocated to charities but I do know that they were always over-subcribed. They offered me one for nowt once or twice but I always turned them down -mainly because I didn't want to run the thing !
Oct 2015
5:31pm, 28 Oct 2015
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Some vague info here virginmoneylondonmarathon.com and here virginmoneylondonmarathon.com
Oct 2015
7:07pm, 28 Oct 2015
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I have fairly limited experience with charity places but I think five places every year for five years is a usual deal. I think they can defer them to offer ten places at once if they wish.
Oct 2015
8:29pm, 28 Oct 2015
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♪♫ ♪♫ Synge ♪♫ ♪♫
I ran for Help the Hospices (now Hospice UK) in 2007 and 2008 and they certainly had several dozen runners at least. There were enough for them to put on a breakfast in a pub in Greenwich for all their runners and I seem to think (but this may be wrong) that they said that the London Marathon accounted for about half of their annual event-based fundraising income. Definitely more than five places.
Oct 2015
9:05pm, 28 Oct 2015
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Depends on the size of the charity I suppose. Behemoths like Cancer Research UK and MacMillan probably have hundreds each.
Oct 2015
9:29pm, 28 Oct 2015
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Surrey Phil
I don't know how many Golden Bond places each charity has although the link provided by FreshStart is the best one I am aware of. A Golden Bond place costs a charity about £350 a year for five years, so they always want a good return from their runners for their 'investment.' The relatively new Silver Bond places also cost the same but a charity can only claim one place every five years.

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