Calling RW Towers

Do you read me, over?

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03/06/2012 at 08:04

Guys, about this subscriber-only nonsense in the Events section. For my last few race entries I've been able to see the date and name but not get into the details. So I've googled it instead and been able to enter online via the race or payment system page.

I'm quite happy to enter via RW and don't mind the processing fee. In fact, if I'm given the choice I prefer to enter via this site. I've been hanging around here for a good 10 years and think it's a great resource.

But by sending people elsewhere to pay, you're losing out.

03/06/2012 at 08:20

Good call.

03/06/2012 at 08:37

I agree with Muttley on this.

Surely nobody is going to subscribe just to get to a web page to enter an event that you can usually enter on line elsewhere.  

03/06/2012 at 09:56

Totally agree. Well said Muttley. I do exactly the same thing. Never understood the subscriber only logic on this one. 

03/06/2012 at 14:58


03/06/2012 at 19:13

Boing, to lift this thread above the spam.

I'm not used to people agreeing with me

03/06/2012 at 19:52

For example, the Burnham Beeches half. It's subscriber-only so I can't access the details. But I've entered online via RW in past years. This year I entered via the Burnham Joggers website.

To repeat - I would rather enter via RW. I'm happy to pay the extra quid or so for "processing" and if it helps this site to continue, then great.

03/06/2012 at 20:11

For a dog you make a very valid point. Enjoy your pedigree chum tonight - you deserve it.

03/06/2012 at 20:13
A crocodile talking to a dog!!! I must be p!ssed
Dubai Dave    pirate
04/06/2012 at 08:23

I'm with Muttley and do exactly the same, all seems a bit pointless

01/01/2013 at 19:47

Boing, to reiterate what I posted six months ago.

I've been planning my spring racing calendar today and have entered six events. Two of them (Bracknell Half, Goring 10K) were subscriber-only content. So I entered via their own websites instead.

Two aren't even on RW (Wokingham Half and Falmouth Half, I wonder why they're not on the UK's biggest running website).

Two others I did enter via this site.So that's two out of six.

I'm not going to subscribe, simply because I don't need the subscriber articles. By making race entries subscriber-only, and in an apparently arbitrary manner, you're just losing business.

To repeat: I would rather enter via this site, I'm quite content to pay £1.50 or whatever for the privilege.

You're losing out. C'mon you guys at RW Towers, how about it?

01/01/2013 at 19:55

+1  Couldn't agree more.


01/01/2013 at 20:00
I agree but I'm not sure anyone is listening!
01/01/2013 at 20:11

Agreed buuuuut it could be falling on deaf ear'oles

01/01/2013 at 20:27

Well yes, and I don't expect RW Towers to snap to attention when I speak. But I remember when this was pretty much THE website to plan and enter races. It seems to be losing ground and I'm suggesting a way of countering that ... I hope ...

01/01/2013 at 20:38

Yeah I always come here first to look for races even before Google. But with Southern and Northern running guides and availibilty of Paypal on club websites RW had better pull its finger out or lose ground

01/01/2013 at 20:40

Muttley, some events simply don't need to go on this site.

Wokingham is one like that, it sells out fast, has 2,750 spaces, and they don't need to advertise it.

Not even sure if organisers need to pay to add an event?

01/01/2013 at 21:06
goldbeetle wrote (see)

Yeah I always come here first to look for races even before Google.

Indeed. I hit the Events tab first of all. So while I'm here they might as well take my money

02/01/2013 at 09:32

It maybe because some race organisers don't like using RW and prefer to use their own website, which probably has better software.  I know when i use to download race entrant info from RW so i could send out the race packs it use to be a nightmare at times.  There were a number of incomplete addresses due to the lack of postcode validation and runner's ages sometimes came up at 0 because the year of birth was input as the current year.  The other issue was the amount of time it took RW to transfer the entry fees to the race organiser.  


02/01/2013 at 10:20
Muttley wrote (see)


But by sending people elsewhere to pay, you're losing out.

More to the point, the "Subscriber content only" message is very misleading, because it implies (to me anyway) that if you were a subscriber you would be able to enter the race via RW, but this simply isn't the case, at least for some races.  Our club race is listed but we've decided not to use the RW entry service.  So what happens when we create a listing is that it is searchable, people will know the date and, hopefully, be able to use their own intiative to sign up via our website.  IIRC from last year, at some point closer to race date the full listing with race details appears, including entry details. 

Maybe the lack of full entry details is supposed to make race organisers more likely to use the RW entry service, but it seems a bit of an odd way to go about it, especially if the potential entrant is misled into thinking that they can enter via RW if they are a subscriber.

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