Nice parkrun Gul & OO. Hope the calf heals soon Jools and that you recover soon Speedy.
Longest run since October 2012 for me - a whole 11.5 miles @ 7:55 per mile, including the dreaded Priest Hill, the pain of which I'd almost but not quite forgotten. I'd intended on doing 13 miles, and to 8 miles I was feeling fine, but then I really started to labour so took the easier option. The main problem I seem to have at the moment is slowing down. I just drop into this 8 minute per mile rhythm and simply cannot go any slower. Even if I make a conscious effort to slow it down, as soon as I stop thinking about it I go straight back to that speed, and given where I am this is not good as I really should be going slower but further. I need to get back to doing my Sunday runs with a group, but it was XC today so they were elsewhere.
Ho hum, another week of no running. Saw the physio today and my right piriformis is tighter than a very tight thing, hence the pain in the arse and down thigh, and the even more pronounced turning out of the right foot (and if you've ever seen me normally you'll know that Charlie Chaplin has nothing on me in that regard already). So I had the joys of the elbow and full bodyweight in my right cheek, and it hurt like a bastard! And now I have to sit and jiggle about on a golf ball.
Sorry if you think that was a bit harsh. I know some women get into running through RFL as I know a couple at my club who started this way, but they really are the expception rather than the rule. And I'm sticking by my statement about how few run - I've marshalled for several years with a turnout of several thousand women over the various runs over the weekend and very few actually run even a small part of it. I'm happy to cheer and applaud people to encourage them, but the hype back at the main HQ is just OTT.
This is an interesting thread, but as a race director I do think that some people’s expectations are a little unreasonable. So let me turn it around and ask what you think is a reasonable profit per runner for an event to make? £1, £2, £5? Should this vary depending on size of race, and whether it’s a club event, a charity event or a commercial race?
None actually, you should be in it for the sport. If your idea is to make profit, i say go elsewhere-preferably in the city working for an investment bank. You should aim to break even, as no one wants to be out of pocket. This is a difficult job as you don't know how many entries you will get and some costs are the same as they are one off fees not related to numbers(such as the hall cost and Policing etc). So i would say budget for a minimum level of entries and if you get more you get a profit. Don't budget for a profit but you may well get one.
In the case of Charities, i just wish they would go elsewhere but if we have to have them-by all means put a sponsorship form in with the details but don't bump up the cost.
The races I organise do work more or less like this because they are club-organised races, and our main goal is to put on the sort of race that we would want to run ourselves. Expecting us to budget to break even is unreasonable however as it presents too much risk of making a loss. Instead we budget for a small profit so that if numbers do for any reason fall below what's expected we don't take a big hit. The trouble is with races of this kind you are reliant of the goodwill of many club members turning out to actually put on the race, and I suspect if the club weren't making money from it then enthusiasm for doing it would wane. And it's not like any profit we make is wasted - it goes back into grassroots running by subsidising the club's activities.