'Most are happy' with Silver Bonds

Indira Das-Gupta

Most charities with Golden Bond places in the London Marathon were "happy, but not delighted" to give some of them to a Silver Bond scheme for those on the waiting list, according to race organiser David Bedford.

The scheme, announced last week, will make 250 places available to 1,250 charities between 2007 and 2012. It follows pressure from a coalition of 49 charities on the 600-strong waiting list for Golden Bonds.

All charities will be invited to apply for places through a forthcoming ad campaign, although those on the waiting list will get first preference.

Bedford said: "We asked charities with more than 100 Golden Bonds to give back 5 per cent. Most could see the benefit and were happy - but not delighted - to do so."

Bedford said he could see no reason why the scheme should not run indefinitely.

- See Editorial, page 22.

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