FYI, I received an email yesterday from Bupa advising that they are starting an opportunity for 2010 finishers to become members of the Bupa Great North Run.
Membership will guarantee entry to the Great North run for 2011, 2012 and 2013 (excludes entry fee)
Membership will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and enrolment will open at 9.00 on 25th November closing on 31 December 2010, or earlier if maximum limit reached.
Bupa Great North Run Three Year Membership £42.00 Bupa Great North Run 2011 UK entry £46.00 (Total: £46.00 + £42.00 = £88.00) Bupa Great North Run Overseas entry £75.00 (Total: £75.00 + £42.00 = £117.00)
Bupa Great North Run membership benefits:-
So we can now pay even more cash to the big corporation who run the most over-crowded and over-rated race in the country?
Hmmm, let me think
I'd rather do a local race.
This isn't new, though is it? Haven't they had this scheme for a while now?
Still a rip-off though. Overhyped event IMO, but they'll still have lots of takers.
They are the big televised ones though arent they ?
I've done the GNR once, and it was a nice jog round, but just too busy for racing it. And the monopoly on accomodation is quite sneaky too.
Because they are hard to get into, EE!
Any fool knows that a race you can just ENTER and get a PLACE in is not worth doing. Where's the cachet in doing something like that?
£6.70something per MILE?
I find it astonishing that anybody would do this.
It's a congested start with walkers in the first mile, about 10 miles of tedious suburbia, a fun finish along the sea front and a massive queue to get the Metro back.
Objectively, it's an awful race.
The Great North Raping.
The £42 is only guaranteeing you a place. You still have to pay the entry fee on top.
I did GNR this year and as I was plodding around the one thing that stayed in my head was 'never again' The race itself is ok. Not scenic but good support from the locals. As was said before, monopoly on accomodation was horrific, travel to the start and back from the finish was horrendous (purely down to volume of people). In the end it took me just as long to get back to Newcastle as it took me to run to South Shields. It would have been quicker for me to run back
As I have no desire to run GNR again, I won't be taking them up on the offer
The only reason I do this race is it is on my doorstep. Like for like, I've had to travel for every other HM, so that's fuel, accommodation, race entry - it works out cheaper to do the GNR. I wouldn't buy the membership though and if I didn't get in through the ballot, wouldn't be too bothered.
I had a clear run this year, so the race itself was decent for me.
Did it this year as its one of those iconic events.
wont be doing it again for all of the reasons listed above
Its a fun running, comedy outfit, sob story charity fest. Nowt wrong with that if thats your bag, but I can get a hell of a lot of racing miles done for that kind of money by supporting grass roots club events.
Even the Leeds HM is only £20 and thats got all the usual ingredients for bumping the price up, ie charity/council/city centre road closures etc etc.
Why anyone would want to pay £42 to guarantee that they get to spend another £42 three times for a pretty average course is baffling.
So thats a minimum of £56 per race for a HM and thats if you actually do all three. Whos to say you wont get injured, be ill, lose interest etc in the meantime. Only run two races and your entry fee has bumped up to £63 per race. Runonly one and you've forked out £84 for one race.
You can run 10+ races for that......
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