But £12 for 64km is less that a £1 for 5k. At that price, a bit of hurt can't matter. It's like home-brew versus proper beer. Everyone knows home-brew tastes a bit bad but at a few pennies a pint you drink it and after the first few who cares?
Races at the shorter end are always proportionally more expensive. Regardless of length, the organiser has to pay for chip and timing, toilets, start/finish area use etc. Very little of the costs scale with race length other than road closures (which are quite frankly ridiculous in cost nowadays) and things such as signage and water stations.
Get yourself a ultra-marathon SG, Ridgeway 40 is £12 and if you don't want to run the 40 miles back to the start an extra £9 for a coach back.
Don't know if anyone else noted the details of Sedan's post but the timeline is
Prior to November 2016 enter Berlin 2017 marathon ballot. Get a ballot place and run Berlin in the autumn of 2017 and bag a GFA. Spring 2018 enter the London "ballot" via the GFA route. Spring 2019 run London.
That is planning 2.5 years ahead. When I was the age to have ankle biters (great phrase Leslie) 2.5 years was plenty of time to add a couple more to the collection.
8 moderately hilly ones this morning at Gul o'clock to take me through 2,100 for the year so far so still neck and neck with PMJ. A few easy ones planned for tomorrow although I haven't yet worked out which part of Preston is the attractive bit to aim for.
Come on, I passed through 2,100 Wednesday lunchtime so I am a day and a half or 36 hours ahead of you, hardly "neck and neck"
I expect you may pass me this weekend, same as you did round Billingsgate, as I only did an easy 4 yesterday, today is a day off raking leaves in the garden then parkrun pacing on Saturday and XC on Sunday so no long one. Will have to try and get a long run in on Monday during a week in Germany. A morning flight leave me a clear afternoon next to Nuremberg airport so it may be laps of the perimeter fence.
I am tempted to do a Parkrun, never done one abroad before. I looked at a couple within distance of the hotel and one only had 12 runners with 2 the week before and the other one seems more established with 30+, although nobody broke 20 minutes last week!
Interestingly the Frogs don't appear to put the times in order of greatness. Perhaps they can't be bothered or it's taking the no winner culture to the next level.
Don't know if the PC brigade or the parkrun spell checkers will be more offended by that
The above is a flippant comment, it is not supposed to offend anyone and anyone who gets offended by it can go **** themselves. (It has been a day like that in the office.) Obvious exceptions are included such as angry old gits and Dach's (or is it Dachs') acerbic humour.