Have finally caught up to speed technologically and am looking to enter some races Online now, although completing that entry form is often a delight, the wait to get the details and number back and thus confirmation you are in, is not!
Can anyone confirm that the race organisers still send you your race pack in the post?
How does this work when often organisers ask for a stamped addressed envelope? Do they suddenly take on this expense, or does taking the entry through the Online manner somehow save them money?
Also, I understand there is a little fee for processing this that goes to Runners World, of about £1.50 to £2, but I suppose you take out the normal stamp, stamped addressed envelope and paper charges which might just even out?
I did see a race that is £10 entry...yet is still £10 through Online. Why hasn't the mark up applied to this one?
Any pros and cons? Is the entry safely encrypted like any buying through the net sites?
If anyone is a online enterin guru, please lend me your experience!
not had a problem with online entry and enterd loads of races this way ,You normaly get an e mail to confirm and all but one race has sent my race pack out to me , the only one that didnt sent me an email with all the info i would have got in the pack and told me to collect my number on the day witch i did with no problem
Try looking at the organisers' own websites - they often have on-line entry and without the RW mark-up.
Nearly all races will send your number and info out to you. They'll absorb the cost, I guess, because they know more people will enter if they can enter on-line.
There's a mixed bag re-mark up. Some do, some don't and as noted by Wilkie, some do their own on-line version.Advantages: No chance of entry being lost on the post, confirmation e-mail and if there's no pack sent youu have the e-mail to take to registration on the day. Legibility, your name will always be correct (I write like a dyslexic spider on speed) Satisfaction of knowing you are in. RW site guaranteed safeDisadvantage: Marginally more expensive.
Entered everything from local to international on-line and no probs to report.
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