Is road racing outpricing the ordinary person?

It's getting far too expensive

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08/12/2012 at 20:10

If you don't like the price of a race, don't do it! there are still plenty of cheap races around, and you don't need to race more than once a month

Races only thrive because of the numbers of people who run - if that means 10,000 people jogging at 12 minute miling, then fair enough, it'll just become a carnival fun run rather than a serious race!

08/12/2012 at 20:32
Still no one defined what an ordinary runner is. Are these 12,000 people special in some way then? What's with the 'wasting their money' comment. It's their money, more people waste ??80+ watching someone not scoring any goals at the football each week. A tank of fuel for my car cost ??70+.

Things get more expensive, deal with it.
08/12/2012 at 21:10


08/12/2012 at 21:33
The forum doesn't like the UKP sign from my iPhone. Sticks it in as ??
08/12/2012 at 21:49
I do deal with it Tim ! I don't waste my money on over priced races, never paid to watch a football match, and only 70 quid ? Must be a small tank
08/12/2012 at 22:03
Just think when I'm spending 340 a month on fuel, 35 to run a race is small potatoes. If you think it's a waste of money, there's plenty of other things that people 'waste' money on. A pair of shoes that last 6 months is 80+.

I don't like races with a field of more than 1000 runners, even 1000 is a bit big. However I've had problems in some races with 600 entrants and found myself running on my own.
08/12/2012 at 22:10
Last weekends race tho was 8 quid. Bargin medal at the nd and a cup of tea.... Think here were around 450 runners......

Think the most expensive running race this year wa 24 quid....
09/12/2012 at 20:11

I live in Hampshire and I have at least three half marathons within travelling (walking in one case) distance that cost less than £20 to enter - Gosport, Fleet and Wokingham - all cracking races with a medal and well organised.  I've not done Gosport but haven't heard a bad word about it.  Fleet is fabulous and although I wasn't keen on Wokingham because I'd been injured and found it hard, I am doing it again.  There are loads of 10ks that cost £10 or less (ignoring stupidly expensive races like the new sheruns event in Windsor - £22 and you have to show photo ID to get your number on the day, or spend another £5 to have it sent to you! I'm not doing that one!) and as someone has already pointed out, parkruns are free.  I'm lucky in that Frimley Lodge is only 15 mins drive away, but when I visit my mum in Devon, I travel 45 mins to get to the one at Killerton (if you are reading this and live in South Devon, please start one there! - Stover Country Park maybe?)

I might give the Cardiff half a go next year as I went to uni there, but will make a weekend of it and it will still be a lot cheaper than the Cologne half I did in 2011. 

Edited: 09/12/2012 at 20:14
09/12/2012 at 21:03
Just received a mail reminding me to enter the Baldock Beast. A whopping 15quid unaffiliated. Damn good race, I think I can stretch to it.
10/12/2012 at 08:56

i think silverstone half is about as big and well organised as a race can be (its the VLM team i believe, i know they are connected in some ways) and thats only £15 too.

a lot of the big races are oo expensive i think, but then again, the people telling me "what? £30 to run a race??" quite happily spend that and more on a night out getting drink every weekend, when i race maybe once every 2 months at the most.

You should go to the states and run, SF marathon $150-$190 the half is $100 
its insain. 

10/12/2012 at 20:53

More a bit of fun rather than a race but there is one on those santa runs on next sunday. With free santa suit, medal and cup of tea at the end, the cost of £8 adults and £5 children shows how cheaply they can be put on for. Even better for me and the grandson when we do it is that due to our respective ages, the bus and train there will cost us nothing. Just need to find a use for the santa suits afterwards now.

10/12/2012 at 20:57
Entered Wokingham half yesterday for 20 quid, looks like a great quality field of runners, a flat and fast course also says it is on closed roads. Seems great value for money.
11/12/2012 at 10:25

Wokingham is a good course - but you have to go over two motorways and the inclines on the bridges on the way back are a killer after 10-11 miles! I think there is another hill somewhere as well but that's it.  I'm going to run part of the course tomorrow so I can remind myself what it's like before February.  

11/12/2012 at 16:05
Derek Hughes "for me and the grandson when we do it is that due to our respective ages, the bus and train there will cost us nothing" it!
11/12/2012 at 16:31

Local races are the ones. Every year when we organise our summer road race series we keep the price down and then wonder why the stupid priice races get so many more people!!

Up to £12 is not a big issue I don't think. Some of the more expensive ones do some good good bags / freebies but some certainly don't and they tend to be the big commercial ones. Some people are making a good living !!

I just entered St Albans 10 at about £19 and almost didn't. Its a new course to the old one  and fancied giving it a try but if I don't like the course I won;t spend that again next year. the Milton Keynes half is another one that is getting very expensive and frankly you get very little for it. It is my local race (to where I work) and was always a favourite although they changed the course a couple of years back and not sure I will do it again.

Great North Run is another classic of its kind. Expensive and frankly just a half and a straight run to the coast.




13/12/2012 at 18:38

 last 2 years have ran 3 races in France no more than 8 euros each one, why is there such a difference?

cougie    pirate
13/12/2012 at 19:11
Those frenchies are ripping you off when parkrun is free !
13/12/2012 at 20:12

The goodie bag on one of them was more than the cost of the race.

2 jars of honey, have you seen the price of honey!

14/12/2012 at 12:09

What is the French attitude to H+S and insurance?

14/12/2012 at 19:20

Dont know, but at a guess the same as in this country.

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