£40/£50 for a club that you're never going to use may not break the bank, but for some people may not be money well spent.
If folks want to use a club, they'll join their local club, be it £20 or £50, but if they want to join a club simply to save money on entry fees (which is a reasonable reason), then they'll simply be looking for the cheapest club. Why pay £50 when you can get the same thing for £20?
Not everyone wants to join a club and run on a track. Many runners are purely recreational and occasional, and may already have running partners, or may enjoy training on their own in meadows and parks, though also enjoy taking part in organised races, and are looking for reasonable ways of saving money.
Awesome. This thread is five years old, but if you put in a Google search for "cheapest running club", it's the first one that comes up. And the general advice here is still relevant, even if some clubs have folded, and prices have changed.
I'm doing the Half. I have fancied doing the marathon for a while now, since there was an article in RunnersWorld on the best marathons in the UK, and this was one of them. But I never got round to it. Now we've moved to Southampton, it's just on my doorstep, but I haven't run much for a year, so I feel the Half will suit me. Though, with my lack of training, I'm thinking I should have entered the 10K!
After the Southampton Half I signed up early for next year. There is sometimes a discount for those signing up early. I saved £5.
I just get an email from the Southampton Half, saying they've done a deal with the New Forest Half, and anyone signing up for both with get a discount of £10.. But the offer is only open to those who haven't already signed up.
Bad enough that they're doing that. But even worse that they're writing to tell me. Hey, look, here's an offer you could have had if you hadn't signed up early!