Bupa Great South Run - too expensive?

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20/07/2012 at 15:27
£40 entrance fee for a 10 mile race. Does anyone else think that this is just taking the mickey?
20/07/2012 at 15:41

Yes, and believe me it is not worth it.  I did it last year as I won a place.  Not worth the journey to be honest.

20/07/2012 at 16:55

Yes, I do.  I won't do events that charge silly money like this.

There are plenty of other races which charge reasonable entry fees, I stick to those.

cougie    pirate
20/07/2012 at 16:57

It'll sell out anyway I think. Its televised and well known and some people are prepared to pay for the big race feel. 

Plenty of other cheaper races to do if you feel its too pricey. 

(see the GNR threads and the London 10k threads too)

20/07/2012 at 17:02

£4 a mile...  a bit steep for me.

VLM is costing me £1.23 a mile  which is a great deal in comparison

So much better to do a local race, I`m doing the Salisbury 54321 (50K) and that works out at approx 53p per mile (£17 entry)

I`ve done the great south run and would not do it again unless i was offered a free place.

20/07/2012 at 17:16

I forgot about the ill fitting cotton T-shirt, I only wore mine once, to paint the garden fence as that was about all it was good for.

20/07/2012 at 17:27

Hmmmm...you want to do a 10 mile race in the area..... do you:

(A) do the Great South Run in Portsmouth for £40


(B) do the Lordshill 10 mile road race in Southampton the following weekend for £12

Tricky choice

Yeah okay fine, if you only like the big events or live in Portsmouth maybe it's a better choice but otherwise it doesn't look like rocket science to me. Nutty price.

21/07/2012 at 08:43
I'm Not sure what Bupa are paying for... They are certainly not subsidising the entrance fee!!
21/07/2012 at 09:59

RIP of britain

22/07/2012 at 19:25

Stopped doing this race years ago, when it was the same price as the London Marathon...but at £40....Total rip off and nothing special. Better off supporting other smaller , local races.

22/07/2012 at 21:38

Loved it,did the Bupa Great South Run 2011,forgot how much i paid,but that's alot of money.I want to looking for a race in 2 months time in Somerset because i have only just made a serious come back into training.The Bristol Half Marathon sounded great but £35 heck of alot of money.Only work Part time so does not help with my budget.Love to do the London one day.The Flora London marathon 2000 was the last one i did.i think i paid £15.00 back then,but love to know how much it is now?

25/07/2012 at 15:41

£40 isn't much if you're only running one or two events per year. If you're doing one or two per month then it does start to add up. 

I ran this last year - it was well organised, huge amounts of support, very flat course. I can see why it's popular. I probably won't run it again but that's mostly to do with the crowding on the course and the amount of time I spent getting in and out of the car park. I usually go for small / medium sized events.

25/07/2012 at 15:45

I've run it the past few years and the only reason I do is because of my mum. She loves the race and the friendly atmosphere and it's her 'main' race of the year. If it was me - it's too much hassle. The trains are crowded, the t-shirts are never there in the size you want and the 'secure' bag drop off - isnt really.

26/07/2012 at 23:08
Yes way over e top!
27/07/2012 at 12:52

They've taken over the Birmingham Half in the last year. Predicatably prices are up.

27/07/2012 at 13:10

Predictable, but at £2.44/mile Birmingham Half still looks like bargain(-ish) compared  to the GSR. I will stop whinging about this now

27/07/2012 at 13:17
Cake wrote (see)

Problem is a lot of big races come all singing and all dancing in terms of goody bag's and water stations now so push's the prices up. Kids these days don't know they are born. God I feel old.

Goody bags are usually provided by sponsors donating stuff, so little or no cost there.

Water stations are usually manned by volunteers (running clubs, etc.), and many water companies will provide water if asked, so little cost there either.

27/07/2012 at 13:21

Liverpool HM works out at £2.30 a mile and the Mersey Tunnel 10K £3.33 per mile. Not really an appropriate evaluation as the overall costs of delivering the events are based on different criteria and numbers taking part.

As mid range events they both strive to deliver the best possible race day experience for all concerned. Both have different aspects and are different distances so pounds per mile is an odd way to assess.

Bottom line is if you feel the entry fee is too much then don't do it!

27/07/2012 at 13:26

Wilkie - water for Liverpool events now has to be purchased. Up until last year we were very well supported by Highland Spring. However, now we have to purchase. Despite many appeals it seems no one is prepared to donate water.

We've stopped giving away Goody Bags as depite the perception they are not free. The content is your average bag is a waste of money and too many people expect a London type bag at any event. Can't be done which is why we have stopped using them. We now give out fresh fruit at the end of our events instead.

Much better value.

31/07/2012 at 23:18

I'm doing this run for the first time and travelling from London. Is anyone else doing the same journey or have any tips for best way to get there? Thanks!

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