Why should we pay more to run a race if we already pay a sub to Runners World?

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18/08/2009 at 18:26
I am wondering why I have just paid £17 to take part in the Middlesbrough 10k on the Runner's World website when it costs £15 form Could anyone please enlighten me?
M...eldy    pirate
18/08/2009 at 18:30
Cos you didnt read the small print?  
18/08/2009 at 19:06

I don't mind paying the extra couple of quid. Saves me printing out the form, filling it in, enclosing a stamped addressed envelope and paying for two lots of postage. But then I'm lazy. And I've NEVER got any stamps

EDIT: I don't subscribe to the magazine. Just buy one and re-read it once a month.

Edited: 18/08/2009 at 19:08
18/08/2009 at 19:06
And £15 (or £17) for a 10k is not excessive?

I think that you have screwed twice over!

Still, if you enjoy the taste of smog.....
18/08/2009 at 20:17
I don't mind paying a couple of quid for online entry. If the processing cost is less than that and some of the money goes to paying for this website, I don't mind that either given the use I get from it.
18/08/2009 at 20:35
Is it because you've got more money than sense?
cougie    pirate
18/08/2009 at 21:01
For convenience you numpty !
18/08/2009 at 22:00

I think Tim's point is that you can enter & pay online via the race's own website for £15, but doing it via RW the entry fee is £17.

I don't have the answer though!

18/08/2009 at 22:11
...yes...silly me! err not really.  I can see there is a cost to employ people to produce the online content, however the more people that view the reviews that people write about races for free, the more hits the site is likely to get and the more money they get from ads. I think that to a great extent this relies on good will. In my case, you can enter the m'bro 10k online for £15 by following another link on the same page as the RW  £17 entry. I just think its a little sly.  I am not a numpty pussy cat, you can enter many races online without the RW tax @        - meow.
18/08/2009 at 23:14

I'm with you now .....................

you can enter a race via the net at the races own site for less than entering the same race via this site.

a little odd

18/08/2009 at 23:15
i still wouldn't pay £15.00 for a 10k
19/08/2009 at 00:35
I know pizza man (and others) my habit is costing me a few quid, but the way I see it, since taking up running I have never been fitter (except when my legs feel like they are going to tear off). Anyway i was born in the Boro and I don't care about paying the council £15, you never know they might even invest it in something that will help the town increase it's lower than average life expectancy ( An extra £2  (+13%) to one of the UK's/ worlds biggest magazine publishers seems a little tight (
19/08/2009 at 08:25

RW charge a handling fee, which covers their expenses and makes them a profit. The organiser has the option of either paying all the fee themselves, going 50-50 or passing all the charge onto you.

So the organisers have also used another service provider to also process the results who seem to be cheaper than RW.  I don't think RW is being sly, since you could have googled for ;boro 10k and gone directly to their site. Looks like the organisers are just sweeping their net as wide as possible to catch as many runners as possible.

But pay £15/17 for a 10k? - never!

19/08/2009 at 08:42

A booking agent charging a handling fee? really?

What you should have done is done a little research first before plonking your money down, its up to the individual consumer to research the best price.

19/08/2009 at 08:55
Tim - RW is a business. Trust next time you'll check on entry costs between organiser, RW & UK results as an example?! Me, I like applying online for the convenience & am happy to pay that tidgy bit extra for it.
19/08/2009 at 09:26
conversely if M'boro 10k organisers had charged £17 direct and it remained at £17 via RW then there wouldn't be this complaint and the organisers would make more money!!

lack of joined up thinking on the organisers part if you ask me

19/08/2009 at 09:27

I never enter through the RW site.

Many races can be entered online through the organiser's own website at no extra charge.

As I work in an office I have no shortage of envelopes for those that can't.

I'd be reluctant to pay £10 for a 10k, too!

Iron Pingu    pirate
19/08/2009 at 10:01

But Wilkie, surely, that's ... stealing!

19/08/2009 at 10:21

Just my thoughts, but pass me some pink highlighters and black pens whilst you're in stationery cupboard, and I'll keep quiet, I promise

19/08/2009 at 11:11

It's part of keeping fit and healthy, and being off sick only very, very, rarely! 

(I think my average is something like one day per year - despite having had two weeks off in one go when I had an operation!)

And I do put stamps on, rather than mailing it through the post room

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