Cost of the marathon
I don't mind paying a bit more for a race if it is good value; either venue being somewhere I couldn't normally run (Longleat or Silverstone) or otherwise unique experience (Medoc) and super-slick organisation, but it's hard to see where the extra money goes with some of the bigger UK races (apart from into the pockets of the organisers)
I think I'm with Wilkie, vive la France!
I filled in the Brighton form.Got to the end and thought £55? - no thanks.
Entered London ballot. If I don't get in I might look at one of the other spring marathons, but reading the reports from recent ones...Hull, Milton Keanes, Manchester, Stratford.... they all seem to have had problems this year.
I stand corrected.
cougie wrote (see)
These events aren't cheap to put on and expectations are higher nowadays. Chip timing. Technical tees. Goodie bags. Video screens etc etc.
VLM is cheaper partly because of the sponsorship monies received as well as charging the charities a huge sum for guarenteed places.
I am the race director for several events throughout the year and if anyone wants a break down of costs then contact me direct. My other half and I have not taken money out of the events since we started doing them, partly because we have done the events to raise money for charities and partly because the margins are too small. We do not take a wage, despite it being a full time job. Some of the events receive over 1000 entries.
Organising events is very stressful and time consuming, however, when you find a route that you love to run and want to share with others and see the enjoyment on their faces at the end, this negates the negatives.
The cost of the event depends a lot on what is involved and how many marshals are needed. We have found you cannot please everyone all of the time. We have a half/full marathon based on the Medoc Marathon where the cost is £40. It has been mentioned that this is expensive on other forums. What some runners do not see are the real costs of putting this type of event on. This is the third year and in the first two years the event has lost money.
I think there are some companies out there who do charge a lot and are doing it solely to make a profit. I do not have an issue with companies who do this as we all have an option not to enter it.
There is a marathon run not far from where I live, put on by the local running club (ie. volunteers). It's largely on the roads, has the permits, police permission, etc., chip timing, goody bag, medal and t-shirt.
The entry fee is £23 for affiliated runners, £26 for non-affiliated.
The event has been put on for many years, very successfully. The club does not lose money on it - in fact they make a sizeable donation from the proceeds to local charities each year.
Caz, I think it's an inevitability. Costs are rising all the time. It's only a matter of time before councils start demanding expensive road closures.
We are living in a golden age of races but unfortunately many low key club races will be squeezed out or forced to increase their entry fee to cope with the costs involved.
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