HOW MUCH? £46 for a half marathon ????

At least Dick Turpin wore a mask

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02/02/2013 at 17:02
02/02/2013 at 17:08
You can do the Ultra for ??60 - much better value per mile .
02/02/2013 at 17:10

I know a marathon or two thats cheaper than that

02/02/2013 at 17:31

It's not a race. It's a charity and challenge carnival. Which is fine for those who like such things but it's not for me.

02/02/2013 at 20:37
Ultra for 60 quid? Per mile you mean? The race is 200 quid if you entered without promising to rise money for charity. I did I last year and wasn't impressed and won't do it again.
02/02/2013 at 20:56

I looked at this yesterday as well and was rather shocked.  I'll stick with £18 for races like the Fleet and Wokingham halfs.

02/02/2013 at 21:03
The charities seem to be taking over the sport.
02/02/2013 at 21:24

Maybe it is about time people started to boycott races like this - but while people pay the entires they will continue to exploit - I entered the Braintree 5 last week me and my nephew - cost £17.50 for both of us, I'll continue to do those types of races rather than the rip off ones. I think that is why the parkruns are so popular turn up and run!!!  thats all we really need!!!

02/02/2013 at 21:38

Yes it is a rip off, I just wouldn't pay that to run in a half marathon, but  lots of  people who may only do one or two races in a year, or even in their lifetime, see events like this like a  big music gig or other hard to get into event. You often see people on here referring to "tickets" for races.

 

 

02/02/2013 at 21:48
I suppose if you make a family weekend away of it, whist still expensive it could be a great event. Plus the tag 'Royal' bumps the price up of anything.
02/02/2013 at 22:24

Its balloted to get in so I guess the demand is there at that price.

02/02/2013 at 22:57
Millsy1977 wrote (see)
The charities seem to be taking over the sport.

I got told off by a few people for dare suggesting that

 

02/02/2013 at 23:50
It's all getting chugged!
03/02/2013 at 00:29

Kind of suggests that there is someone out there who thinks that anyone who does running has go to be mad and it is definitely worth a try. There are runners out here who looks at this and thinks 'I hope no-one encourages them in this belief'

03/02/2013 at 08:16
I did it last year, my first hm and quite enjoyed it especially the first half through central London and a particularly nice stretch down the Mall towards Buck Palace but the second half meandering around Hyde Pk was a bit tedious tbh but then I do live inLondon so the novelty/tourist value is not so great for me.

I have entered the ballot again but if I get in prob won't accept the place because of the cost. Seriously - why so expensive especially compared to say VLM?

For recreational non-club runners like me there is a certain comfort in running mass participation events like this rather than small local events where there is the entirely irrational fear of being left miles behind by 'serious' runners ...

*runs away and hides*
03/02/2013 at 09:08
Emmy - true, you do have to raise money for the 60 quid place, but the 100 and 200 quid places have all sold out, unbelievably. Wouldn't do it myself, it's essentially a race around all my long run routes, so it wouldn't be much of a novelty.
03/02/2013 at 10:34
Stilts wrote (see)

For recreational non-club runners like me there is a certain comfort in running mass participation events like this rather than small local events where there is the entirely irrational fear of being left miles behind by 'serious' runners ...

*runs away and hides*

Actually though, I do like small events, but this happened to some friends of mine. They entered a small, local 10k as their first race, trained for it a bit, thought it'd be friendlier and less intimidating than a big race, then turned up and practically everyone was in a club vest looking all 'serious' and zoomed off leaving them behind. Anyway, they struggled through it, having trained but perhaps not quite enough, probably started off too quickly because everyone else was (my speculation), didn't enjoy themselves much, and never did one again. They'd probably have had a better time in a bigger race with more people at their pace.

03/02/2013 at 10:37

Well to be fair,  if you bend over and take it, you can't really complain that youre walking funny in the morning.

03/02/2013 at 11:10
Mr Puffy wrote (see)

Yes it is a rip off, I just wouldn't pay that to run in a half marathon, but  lots of  people who may only do one or two races in a year, or even in their lifetime, see events like this like a  big music gig or other hard to get into event. You often see people on here referring to "tickets" for races.

 

 

Yes, you see the reference to tickets more and more.  I do try to advise them of their error 

Stilts, most of the races I do are small, local ones.  And yes, you do get lots of club runners at the pointy end, but there are also LOADS of people like me, much, much further back. 

If you are interested in doing a smaller race, look at the previous year's results and see how many people finished in the sort of time it would take you. 

03/02/2013 at 12:17

I did it last year. WOuldn't do it again as I found the bits round Hyde park a bit tedious (but this could have been cos I was having a bit of a bad day as I was undertrained!)

Anyway I did think it was a bit pricey but as it was a ballot I didn't really expect to get in when I entered!

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