Time to revive the thread a little, kick started the training the other week at the Buxton Half and wow, i never knew that many hills existed in one place! not doing bad with the longer runs this year, several 15-17 milers. I want to run the complete course for once. Both times i've done it, i've had terrible muscle cramps around the 22 mile mark and had no choice but to run/walk the rest of the way.Last year i ran with a knee injury though and had a battle with Batman's sidekick Robin to the finish in which i was victorious because he could'nt resist a 5 yr olds high 5. I owe that kid big time! So hopefully 3rd time lucky for me.
Good luck Cath! there's no shame in a run walk strategy, especially if you suffer with your calf at the moment. Nerves are normal with most people, you should see me on Marathon day! Also best to choose the flatter ones as hills can make a whole lot of difference.
I think £2.50 is very reasonable PSC, usually I can only find a couple of shots I'm happy with anyway and would be even happier for them to be photo shopped! The posture is usually good but they can't be looking at the face i'm pulling. I'd pay your fee on entry. It would be nice if the big events included a finish line photo in with the fee too, after paying £50 entry, parking etc.
I agree with Mutley, a small fee on entry if that would cover their costs, and do it as a digital download to print at home. I did Buxton Half last week, £12 entry fee and all the event photos were free to download at home on the photographers web site, i believe he is a professional too. Downloaded about 20 of myself and are excellent quality.There was over 4000 to choose from.If anything I would have thought it cheaper these days, no developing, films to change, and memory is a lot cheaper now.plus no postage.