H4H - Marathon Places Petition!

I have been sent details of a couple of guys wanting to do the London Marathon for H4H.


My colleague and I were hoping to run the Virgin London Marathon 2010 but when we went onto their website to apply it was having technical difficulties due to the amount of hits it was taking. We tried a few days later and the ballot was closed!!

We are ex serving servicemen and are desperate to run for Help for Heroes (H4H - especially with the recent events involving our service personel) but unfortunately, as a charity, they don't have any golden bond places.
The Sun newspaper are the major supporter of H4H but they have been unable to assist.

We have been training for a couple of months now and entering various events as we are hoping to run the race in combats & boots whilst wearing 30lb back packs. We are desperate to run the race and raise as much money as possible.

Desperate times call for desperate measures and so as a last attempt to secure a place we are intending to petition Richard Branson to provide us with 2 places into the marathon and need the support of our friends to do so.
Please can you show your support by joining this Group and also passing it to any friends you have that.

Personally, I don't think this is right.

H4H can apply for bonded places in the Marathon and clearly haven't any, for what ever reason. Either they haven't applied, or found the places cost too much and didn't want to burden the runner(s) with such a high sponsorship target. For example this year - RNLI £2100

Like everyone else, one needs to register on the website to be in with a chance of getting a ballot place, failing that, you apply to a charity for a place. If you miss the deadline for the ballot, unfortunately that's it, bonded places it is.

Now, I believe people run the Marathon, to run the Marathon and not just to raise money for their chosen charity. There are so many different other ways to raise money for charity, than doing London. Besides, you'd be better off donating the £500 or so it is going to cost you personally to do London, taking into account travel, accommodation, kit etc.

Last year I wanted to run the London Marathon. Simple.
If I had a ballot place, I would have run for H4H. Unfortunately I didn't get the place and had to apply for a bonded one. After speaking to H4H, who couldn't really help apart from agree that the RBL and themselves did similar work together, I applied for a place with the RBL. Within 3 hours, I had been given the place and on April 26th completed the last Flora London Marathon in 5hrs 12 mins.

I and many others would be pretty hacked off, if these guys were given places in the Virgin London Marathon 2010 using H4H as an excuse for them to get the places, simply as they missed the ballot application...like many thousands of others have.

This year I have applied for a ballot place and if I get one will run for Cardiac Risk in the Young, (up to 12 young people under 35 in the UK, die suddenly from detectable heart defects)

Why CRY? Because of this event involving someones daughter a few of you on this site know;

If I don't get a place, I will still be running a Marathon locally and later this year, events such as the Warwickshire Triathlon (5k run section in fancy dress) and Snowdonia Marathon, all for CRY.
I have already completed a 'fun run' in the 'CRY outfit'.

People run the London Marathon simply to run the London Marathon and I think this is a cheap shot at getting a couple of places 'using' the name of H4H.

Any thoughts?
I`m doing the Gallon Walk on Saturday in aid of H4H. 8 pints in 8 pubs over 8 miles starting at the Goathland Hotel (Aidensfield Arms to you saddos who used to watch Heartbeat) and finishing at Egton.

Not a marathon but hey the ankles and knees are shot compliments of BCH. If you`re doing it for a good reason who cares how you go about getting a place?

Moved to charities and welfare by BM
Why don't they just do the marathon the same way as thousands of others do, but then register it as an event on the H4H website. SO they are then running in support of H4H?

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