S32 - generally, it seems to be road races that are the most expensive, especially if there is road closures and police etc in place. The Long Tour of Bradwell, next Saturday is a £50km off road - £13 ! But still, £45 to run round the streets of Chesterfield......!
ET - training is going ok, I think. Difficult to tell until I've done the race itself. In the last month I've done 2 epic, for me, long runs - 23 miles with 4000ft of climbing and 24 miles with 4600ft of climbing. 6 hours on my feet so I'm hoping to finish the race in about 8.5 hours (towards the back of the field) so those last 2 runs were ok, especially considering the heat. My biggest concern were my feet and trying to adapt to running so much on rocks. Last week I taped them up which offered protection up til about mile 20. I think I'm going to have to man up on the day and endure some pain ! I've also signed up for the Ladybower 50 in September so am knocking an autumn marathon on the head.
How is the prep going for chesterfield ? I'm up for some long weekend runs in a few weeks if you fancy it ?
FFS - there is a baggage tent right near the start/finish area. I left mine there last year and it was absolutely fine. You will get a 'tag' with your race number and you just tie this tag to your bag. The baggage area is then separated into sections of race numbers e.g. 1-500, 501-1000, 1001-1500 etc. It took me just a couple of minutes to get my bag after the race and I will be using this facility again next year