Many club members won't be surprised by the cost to charities of Golden Bond places but might be surprised by the apparent abuse of places to persuade charities to sign up to mega expensive advertising deals or the lack of fairness when deciding who can have Golden Bond places in the first place. i think this will have been a real eye opener for some and it wouldn't surprise me if the Charity commission and even the Inland Revenue ask some questions of London Marathon. I wouldn't say it was the best investigative journalism I've ever seen but worth a watch - I assume you could catch it on More 4 if interested.
Incidenatlly one final thought. When you consider just how much work goes into organising a race, even one as "small" as ours you can appreciate how much is involved with London. I for one would suggest that organising such an event needs a business and as such the London organisers could never be unpaid volunteers. So I wouldn't begrudge the expenses so much but I do think they should reconsider their charitable status.