This is a post on behalf of Heart Research UK.
Following the Dispatches programme on Channel 4, this is what they have to say:
From Heart Research UK’s point of view, the London Marathon is a fantastic fundraiser for us and one of our top events. Generally as a charity we work hard to keep our costs down and for every £1 that is donated at least 80p goes towards our pioneering work (much higher than many other charities)
Our expenditure budgets are very tight and we do not spend money unnecessarily. The London Marathon will this year hopefully generate £50,000 for us whilst the Golden Bond places themselves cost £345 per place (a total of £6900 for all our GB runners this year).
With travel and accommodation costs for the event weekend (both at the cheapest rates available) this means our costs are kept very low so that the overall total is as much as possible.
If you want to read the reaction from the organisers of the Virgin London Marathon, go here.
(removes serious hat and takes a bow)
Thanks to Lucozade Sport for being so kind! A huge box of gels, and energy bars, and the drink that’s supplied on course – so it’s vital to get used to training with it.
It’s all coming together this week – the quiz/disco I’m planning is starting to take shape, we’re having a cake sale at school, and I’m planning a fundraising girly night with wine, beauty stuff and Phoenix cards. Continue Reading »
I called the doctor today, because I thought that if I was one of my horses, I’d have called the vet. She made me take off my trousers and prodded (technical term) my legs all over, before pronouncing that she didn’t think it was anything major.
She has referred me to a physiotherapist, and told me to scale back the running until I see her on Thursday. I sat on the couch wearing icepacks, eating chocolate and drinking tea today; not sure that’s quite what she meant by scaling back.
When I spoke to the physiotherapist today she told me to come with my trainers and to bring some shorts. Shorts? I’m slightly worried that she’s expecting a proper marathon running person. I don’t own any shorts. D’you think I need to go out and buy some?
In other news, thanks to the amazing generosity of some really lovely people we’ve now raised an amazing £425 for Heart Research UK on my Just Giving page! Thank you all so much.