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03/04/2012 at 17:46
46.00 pound are you for real.
03/04/2012 at 17:59
I saw that too - i can't believe how expensive running races have become nowadays. Seem to be paying through the roof for races that used to be so little. How to they get away with nearly 50 quid?! Crazy!
03/04/2012 at 20:37
It may be 'Editors choice' but last year wasn't worth the entry fee!
03/04/2012 at 22:30

Run in smaller races that have less competitors and so cost less to organise and cost less to enter.

Those races often though are just that races, and so are less popular as a result.

There are more people who want to run than race.

Best learn to race.

It costs less.

04/04/2012 at 00:27

£46 ??? My thoughts exactly! I did this 2 years ago and it was a really boring route even with the the odd pockets of music, that said I was willing to go for it again this year till I saw the cost. I have now decided to do the 16mile Kingston breakfast run which I did (shorter distance though) a few years back and really enjoyed!

04/04/2012 at 09:05
Don't do it (tick) I'll be doing 3 races this Easter weekend. Will cost me about £9.
04/04/2012 at 10:21

There's no way I'd pay that sort of money to enter a race, but as Stephen says, it's not really a race - it's an 'event'.

Club-organised races are much better value, and often better organised.

04/04/2012 at 10:45
I thought it got some poor reviews from the previous year. Its mega expensive. Surely the GNR is cheaper and thats a huge event . . .

Is there any other big half marathons in London?
04/04/2012 at 11:29

World-class DJs?    Is this a race or a disco?

And how long to you get to hear Calvin's mastery of the turntable?  As long as it takes you to run past him?  Do you slow down, to get better value for your money?

The fact that other races cost more doesn't make this one look any better to me!

04/04/2012 at 11:34

There is a  choice if you are willing to pay then go ahead and if you don't want to then don't simples....

I actually prefer the smaller ones but did do this one in it's second year I don't remember it being so expensive.

04/04/2012 at 11:39
I don't think people are missing the point at all.  They're expressing a preference for paying a lot less for what is often a better organised or faster race without an awful lot of unnecessary pfaff.  This is officially my local half marathon (2.5 mile slightly net downhill warm-up jog to the start line) but I would much rather turn up and race the Great Eastern Run in Peterborough about the same time of year, even if my outgoings for the day were the same due to increased travel costs.  (Which they wouldn't be cos I'd be getting a lift from a club mate.   )
04/04/2012 at 11:43
"World-class DJs".  What sort of training do you need to do to get world class at putting records on?
04/04/2012 at 11:56

Calvin Harris actually played a set at the finish line last year - i did it with 2 mates and we had a little boogie with the rest of the crowd to warm down - it was absolutley brilliant!

Agree it's perhaps not to everyone's taste but was great for us as it was both my friend's first long run and if it wasn't for the music and atmosphere I don't think they'd have made it...

It's obvious to see why it's more expensive and i can second that the T-shirt is really nice too. It's not your conventional run but no need to slam it if it's not up your street - different things work for different people. For the record I LOVED IT!

04/04/2012 at 12:14
Nice race choice, PhilPub. It's a good one.  Probably is my local half.
04/04/2012 at 12:53

It's a Rip Off at £46, Great North run is fast becoming the same.

I've just run the Rome Marathon for 36 Euros !!1

04/04/2012 at 13:13
Amazing the number of first time posters that say it is great!
04/04/2012 at 13:13
Amazing the number of first time posters that say it is great!!
04/04/2012 at 13:42
Helen Liz wrote (see)
Nice race choice, PhilPub. It's a good one.  Probably is my local half.

I did it in 2008 and I think I'll be back this year for another PB attempt.  I may try and nominate it as the club HM championship race so that I've got a few other blue vests to run with.  And the lift up, of course.  
04/04/2012 at 17:15
I started thinking this might be a really good one to do. But then I think about the price. Plus I would need to travel down. I am sure it will be a great one being based in London. I can see why people might pay but until I get better fitness, going to aim for a local one. Cheers for the heads up.
04/04/2012 at 18:21

Well.... each to their own and all that. If this type of thing is what some people are into, I wouldn't knock them for it. After all, if they all suddenly started turning up in droves at the smaller and cheaper races I prefer, I'd probably be a bit peeved.

But yes, some races just seem to cost waaaay too much. That's how I got into ultras this year, after comparing the £48 fee for a marathon with the £13 fee for a 33 miler and the £17 fee for a 40 miler.

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