The ballot for this year's Royal Parks Half Marathon opens tomorrow at 10am - is anyone else going to try their luck?
I ran this year and loved every minute of it (despite a horrible experience with gels!), I'll definitely be entering the ballot again.
Yup, I'll try again this year. No luck last year in the ballot.
Yeah, I'll have a go again. Ran it in 2010, but messed up by going off too fast - it's expensive but a good flat course.
Don't forget the 'free' hoody if you cough up but dont get a place - much nicer than the VLM junk .
Good luck everyone
xine267 wrote (see)
Good point Johnny, I forgot that Royal Parks is pretty expensive. Just checked and this year it is £45 Also noticed that if you select the "pay now" option & are not successful then your entry fee gets automatically donated to the Royal Parks charity. Good luck everyone - not long to go now! http://royalparkshalf.com/ballot/
I just read that myself! That's downright cheeky, bordering on underhanded!!
I'll be choosing Pay Later, just because of that! £45 is expensive enough, but to be forced to donate it without getting to race??
I'm still pretty new to running but am assming that's not normal then - paying to enter a ballot then automatically having the money taken still even if you don't get in? Is that how it works with VLM, Great North Run, etc....?
I was planning to enter but not sure I want a £45 hoodie considering I'm like a radiator and can't usually wear hoodies because I overheat! Any idea if you're still expected to pay the £45 if you choose 'pay later' as I get the impression they'll still push you for the £45 even if you're not successful??
Sonic- If you chose 'pay later' they can't force you to pay... If you get a place you have a few days to register and pay the fee. If you fail to do this you will lose your place. Simples
just checked the site out.... £45 for just a half marathon?! Not a chance.
Sonic the sprinter wrote (see)
Sonic, there are many, many other races you can do which have no ballot, and are a great deal cheaper than things like the Royal Parks and GNR.
Fortunately, the races WITH ballots are the exception rather than the norm - it's just that they are very popular (although I don't know why, I don't like huge, crowded events and I certainly don't like their entry fees!).
Have a look at the events section and search for races in your area/region, and you will find loads
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