who do you love and who do you hate?
Tuska tri....a sprint tri with a sea swim..........triathlon needs so much more costs as you need boat support in the sea and off on the bike course.motorcycles to watch for drafting and to aid those in trouble. waterstations on the run etc...........as well as the usual marshalls....
but we got a technical t shirt and p20 sun tan lotion and drinks and chocolate and a reflector thing and a swim hat and lovely number tattoos.all for just over £30
Goldbeetle - thats a good point. And you also reminded me that Im not getting nearly as much fibre in my diet as I should.
Ran a 2 mile fell race last Saturday, £1 entry and a small bottle of whisky for all competitors, fantastic.
rip off: Edinburgh Rock'n' Roll half marathon up to £39 entry, and hardly any prizes!
good value: Self-Transcendence summer series £2 a race.
rubbish value and badly organised race: Nike ripoff-to-the-beat half marathon
Nayan - anything in London is going to be a ripoff!
Slowkoala -- I wasn't aware that any of the forumites actually read the magazine
Any LDWA event is excellent value for money and runners are usually welcome eg on the 100 each year.
marathon prices I think around £40 imho
mind you... I signed up again for MK like the stafium finish but bloody expensive £40 entry then £5 if you want itab, if you want a technical t shirt £14 ohh £6 to get a decent parking space .... £10 for pretty magnets... If you paid for all of them that's a hell of a lot!!
this year there was meant to be a band competition.... With a band each mile. There were 2 both looked like they had handmade ex washing machine instruments. But the stadium finish and general nice crowds were great so nice atmosphere but expensive
Booktrunk - it's one reason why I wont be back to MK
@ Roy Silver Whiskey at the finish, brilliant!
Two castles 10k makes my best list. Good venue for start and finish, coach service to get you back to the start. I can't remember the price exactly but it was reasonable.
I saw a comment on the Great run series not being all that great. I wonder are all the Great run events equal or are some better than others? I am doing my first next Sunday so will add my ten pence soon.
Steve - You're not doing the Great Eastern Run by any chance? I'll be doing that on Sunday and have run it in the past. I've not done the GNR but from what I've heard the two races couldn't be more different. GNR is unique in being very well established and attracting quite as many runners as it does. Just the scale of it (for a mere "half"!) puts me off a bit. I can't remember what I paid for GER now (20-odd quid?) but think it was about right for a HM, it's a sensible sized field and a nice fast course. No idea what any of the other "Great" runs are like.
Re: Add-ons, I guess in principle I'm happy to opt out of things that I don't particularly want, but these options tend to be with the races that are run by events companies rather than clubs, since they have the infrastructure and economies of scale to offer such services, so they tend to be the races that cost more anyway, which is probably why it seems that the total amount they can fleece out of people soon adds up!
There was a series of off-road 10k races in Essex this summer - each was £12 to enter, you got a t-shirt, a banana and a bottle of water at the end, plus chip timing.
You could enter the whole series in advance and get a discount.
Good value in my opinion. This was organised by a commercial organisation, who were presumably making some money from it.
I'd pay up to £15 for a 10k, no more than £20 for a half marathon. It's been a long time since I did a marathon - not sure that I'd pay to put myself through one again!
The London Marathon seems to be very cheap compared to other big city marathons - I'm surprised they don't charge more, people would still continue to fight for places.
The races offer similar value to what you describe Wilkie.
Each event is about £12 to £15, but enter all three for
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enter all three for
Good value Marathon
A lot of average marathons out there in term's of cost but special in term's of the event Best exaple I can think from top of my head is Abingdon.
I'd actually have to say london yes the entry it self is cheap but that's with the ballot so substidiing your entry, plus the TV right's, sonsorship, corperate places and the charity golden bond places.
Not seen a brake down of the event for a few years but I would be very interested if someone ever does a brakedown of how much from the race ends up in the charites pocket's once you have factored in all the pubicity cost's and what all the interetested parties take. Not knocking the race I love it and will happerly do it again if I get through the ballot. But there is a lack of transparity to parts of the race that I think might actually be danaging to distance running in the long term for the uk.
I thought it was good value
What does Checky mean? Is it northern for Sexy?
Good Half marathons
They are all cheap to enter and have good goody bag's and don't charge extra to sort out a Medal. Love medal's but they are expensive to organise
Bad half's in term's of price
This is based poorly on price mind All fo those races I've done and with the exception of run to the beat found well organised and frieldly but for big city half's now people expect a medal, t-shirt, ect and that push's the price up to a level that can get a little daft. Happerly run them anyway as can afford it and also because like everybody else I'm a medal hoe. Run to the beat is poorly organised in term's of the route ect.... and not worth the price tag.
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