Paul Patterson 5 wrote (see)
Disgraceful pricing at £35 yes £35 for a half marathon... Must be the most expensive HM around? ...
So you haven't looked at Bath then
Not the most expensive - Reading Half at 36 quid - bargain!
Bath Half is £39!! but it sells out every year
Looks good, I think I will enter as I have never been brave enough to run an inaugural event before. Anyone else in?
I'm in, expecting it to be a good one!
I've done a few of their 10ks over the last few years and they've always been spot on with the organisation - you can tell they're runners themselves!
From their website...
We have nominated three main charities including the Woking Mayor’s designated two: Woking Hospice and Parkinson’s UK, and Shooting Star CHASE.
Somebody didn't bother reading further than the price obviously.
I'm sorting out the events official measurement and have been up and down the course many times over the past few months. The roads are just so busy the organizer needs to employ an outside company to sort out all the road closures, diversions, cones to split the out and back and have enough personal to police the course. This all costs and there is a risk involved if they don't get enough runners taking part. This is a small part of their costs as well, port a loos, road closure orders fees, start and finish equipment etc. I can see why they have an entry fee that high.
BTW the course is a good un for all you road runners out there. PB potential! It's not pancake flat but not too many rises.
I'm in, partly because it's fairly local and a good pre-London half and partly because I've run in a number of races that the AAT guys have organised and have never been disappointed.
If you were on the AAT mailing list then there was an early bird invitation to enter at a discount which was a bit under £30 I think. Long term investment which I took advantage of. Also unfortunately too close to Tunbridge Wells Half to run both, which is a long term favourite of mine. AAT events have always been good races bur road halves are a new venture for them but it looks good. Only poor point is the course being out and back, but understandable if you need to close roads.
I"m the Event Manager. Thanks for all the support. Our entry fee is justified by our £165k costs. The Surrey Half is going to be a great event for runners and the local community - bands on route, money raised for local charities, local scouts helping with bag storage, TIMEX pace team, flat (ish) route, kids races, we're developing a free app for real time results, great sponsors, great route with Tom's help, £8k prize pot, warm up from the local athletics club, 7,000 runners.
Join us for the inaugural event - hopefully the Surrey Half will just get bigger and bigger!
I just hope it doesn't get any longer, Becky.
I'm booked in for this race. I can see the route on the Surrey 1/2 website but does anyone locally know whether it is flat, undulating etc?
Here you are: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/344758326
Edited: sorry just realised it doesn't show the elevation!
I've only run the Woking end of it but driven Woking / Guildford and back more times than I care to remember. I'd say undulating, its certainly not flat but no real hills to worry about despite a few of the road names having 'hill' in them!
I keep thinking I should run it one evening but I can't remember whether those roads have footpaths and street lighting and don't really want to run it in the dark without!
Phil - Blanchards Hill and New Lane don't have pavement, so it might be worth making your recce an early morning run. Becky
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