Kerry RW


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Novelty races

Posted: 24/03/2014 at 11:57

Hello peeps,

So I'm writing a feature for the June issue of the mag on 'Novelty' races. This is our term for it but you know the sort of thing: Color Run, Electric Run and so forth. Essentially events where the onus is on fun and time is not important. In many cases your time is not even recorded.

I'm after a particular type of person to serve as a case study.

In the piece we're charting the rise of this sort of event, where they came from, how big they are now, how big they're likely to get and so on. and we're including a few case studies of runners who have done them.

For one case study I'm looking for an experienced road runner who has been running for many years who normally sticks to traditional races - is maybe even a member of club and competes for points - but who on a whim entered one of these things, quite liked it and now sees a place for non-competitive events in their schedule/calendar/life...

If this is you and you're happy to have a chat (and get your face in the mag), please email me on kerry.mccarthy@rw.co.uk

Cheers guys

Kerry

 

 

Rip-off races vs great value diamonds

Posted: 11/11/2013 at 12:55

For my part I've always thought the Harvel 5 in Kent was a cracker and decent value. £12 for a beautiful and challenging multiterrain course where a local farmer fires a shotgun to start the race.

Beer on request at the water stations and a real village fete set-up on the green at the end with booze and burger and cake at knock-down prices.

Bit of a mission to find the damn place first off though...

Rip-off races vs great value diamonds

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 17:11
Taxi Driver wrote (see)

Kerry -- Do you consider £2.00 to process an online entry to be a rip-off or great value? 

I don't have an opinion on it I'm afraid, since it's not my province. The commercial team are responsible for that sort of thing. I know that we have to make a charge to cover administration/processing/tech costs, but as to whether the figure we charge is high or not, I'm afraid I haven't a clue since I don't know how other organisations go about it or what they charge.

Taxi Driver wrote (see)

Kerry -- Do you consider £2.00 to process an online entry to be a rip-off or great value? 

 

Crazy Diamond wrote (see)

Aren't the conversations about over priced/good value races already being discussed?  They certainly were a few weeks ago.  Or is this just another RW driven thread that was invented as a potential addition to the magazine's "on the web" section?

 

Crazy Diamond wrote (see)

Aren't the conversations about over priced/good value races already being discussed?  They certainly were a few weeks ago.  Or is this just another RW driven thread that was invented as a potential addition to the magazine's "on the web" section?

They probably are CD, but you may notice in my original post that got this thread started, I acknowledged that but said I was looking to collate opinion here for, yes, a piece for the mag. Using the forums to garner the opinions of real runners and putting their views in the mag in some is, I think, a good thing for all of us.

Hope everyone's got fun plans for the weekend. I'll be up covering (but not running) the inaugural Yorkshire Marathon on Sunday.

 

Rip-off races vs great value diamonds

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 16:04

This is all brilliant guys - thanks. Good to see a range of opinions and also the different ideas about what is important and what is not.

somebody made the point above that the price totally depends on wha you get for it - road clusres and toilets commensurate with size of field and so on. That's absolutely right but for me I'd generally stick to a rough self guideline of about 2.5 times the distance (in miles)

so: 5K (3.1miles) £7.50ish; 10K (6.25miles) £15ish; half mara (13.1 miles) £30ish; mara (26.2 miles) £60ish [but this would have to be a big marquee event to pay that much].

Doesn't always pan out like that of course...

Rip-off races vs great value diamonds

Posted: 08/10/2013 at 15:31

Afternoon.

A few weeks back on a thread Annie RW started about goody bags, Millsy1977 made this comment: 

I don't really see the point if some of your race fee goes on the goody bag.
Would runners world ever do a feature on races that are poorly organised and a rip off?

Well...yes. In that thread some of you gave examples of good and bad races, and i'm sure there are bazillions of threads on here where people have had rants/given glowing eulogies about this. But I want to collate them all in one place.

If you can't be arsed that's totally fair enough, but if you've got an opinion and want to tell us which races rip you off and which go above and beyond when it comes to bang for buck, off you go. But just remember to give examples of why...

also, let me know what you think a RESAONABLE price range is for 5k, 10k, half and mara.

I'm planning on using the results to put something together for editorial both in mag on on the site.

Cheers guys. Hope everyone's having a good day.

 

Sadly departed races

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 10:52

Aha thanks Just Run. Gotcha.

Sadly departed races

Posted: 24/09/2013 at 12:06

See I knew you guys would come up trumps. Thanks - keep em coming. Although Just Run, if this is the one you're talking about it seems it's still going?

http://tiverton-harriers.co.uk/

Sadly departed races

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 13:06
literatin wrote (see)
Kerry RW wrote (see)

Funnily enough I'm working on a piece about the strictures of putting on smaller races in this age of 'racing as big business' and obstacles and what not.

Oh good, let me know when it comes out and I'll buy the mag. 

Sure you will!

Sadly departed races

Posted: 18/09/2013 at 10:34
literatin wrote (see)

This is probably not quite what you had in mind, but one of the races in the Nottinghamshire summer road racing league had to be cancelled this year due to a change in the way the license was awarded and the cost of road closures. It looks like another of the races might go the same way next year (and there were only 5 to start with!). I would be quite interested in reading something about the difficulties facing organisers of small races like these ones and possible solutions.

Funnily enough I'm working on a piece about the strictures of putting on smaller races in this age of 'racing as big business' and obstacles and what not.

Sadly departed races

Posted: 17/09/2013 at 12:32

Denizens of the forum,

A couple of months back we put up this thread http://www.runnersworld.co.uk/forum/general-running/long-standing-races/250447.html about long standing races. I know most of you no longer buy the mag, but if any of you DID buy the October 20th anniversary issue you may have seen in the race section a piece about the defunct Morpeth to Newcastle run. that was thanks to forumite Roball in the above thread - I hadn't even heard of the race.

Anyhoo that piece seems to have been popular so I'm looking to try and find some other races that are no longer with us, that are missed. So far we've got

Coventry marathon

Polytechnic marathon

Potteries marathon

Salisbury Plain 15

Since you guys have got a wealth of knowledge about this stuff, does anyone know of any more?

 

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