What is good value - or not?
being a race walker, most of my events cost less than a fiver. I also do the X-country leagues where the club pays. I guess I'm a bit of tight-@rse. Anything more than a tenner would make me think twice.
The money goes into the coffers of the club putting it on with a percentage going to the County AAA, Area AAA and national body, doesn't it.
I do wonder why some running races have to be so expensive.
A bike race might cost an average of about 12-13 pounds but the field will only be 60-80 riders so your total budget is normally less than a thousand pounds, and you have a 5 car race convoy - 2 lead cars, first aid, 2 commissaire cars, at least two race commissaires (referees), and when you total up the race permit, BC and regional levies etc about £4 plus of each entry is going to the governing body of the sport. You'd also expect to be paying out maybe £300ish in prize money.
Just to add - big events that have road closures and police costs are a different matter - but local halfs that have a thousand entries on rural roads and charge extra for entering on line to cover admin costs do seem to be taking the mickey.
nice bit of work there.
Ok we are talking in averages here but and her is the big but.
We are starting to see the professional/company orgainsed race. The cost on some of these events is frankly taking the p*ss. To compond the problem these are races aimed at "newbies" and one off charity racers.
Margam park 10k this year is £17.50! So no road closure to pay for. T-shirt and medal in goody bag, money well spent. NO.
Nos Gallan 5k is under a tenner. The road is closed, well 1/2 the valley is closed for about 6 hours. you also get a good quality t-shirt and a good bling medal.
The newbie or on off racer will pay the high fee and think it is normal. We need to question why the high fees for some races. Otherwise more rip off fees will appear. This will strangle the club races that we love and compete in.
When I say question I email them and bluntly ask the % of cash to a charity etc. I have no problems a business making money but at inflated costs is taking the p*ss.
rarebit, race under a tenner. Could i intreast you in a nice south wales race. £3 for a mile.........................but you get booze and food after plus a PW for a mile......
I don't know too much about this, but is the avg entry fee for 10ks being distorted at the mo by the Cancer Research series which cost £17.50 each?
booze, food and a race for £3.00 ................................. I'm in.
tell me more
and why cancer research charge £17.50 is a fecking joke. All for money rasied for cancer but when the events are in parks(no road closure) the goody bags are shite and marketing tools and they could not organise a p*ss up in a brewary, just under £20 is a joke.
Think that Cancer Research are having a laugh at £17.50 for the Althorp 10k event in a couple of weeks.
I was interested in doing it because it's supposed to be a good event, but I can do Luton Rotary 10k for a tenner.
I appreciate there's the charity element to it, but there's Charity and then there's stupidity.
There is a problem with the research in that you have presented a single point value estimator, the mean. Unfortunately this actually tells you very little. We don't know if there are a few very expensive races pushing the price up, or a few very cheap race pulling the price down. It would be better if you could have a confidence interval where we could see where the bulk of the races were.
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