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This might be a little dense, but thought I'd ask anyway: when going on a race on your own where no bag storage is offered - what do you do with your things during the race? There are two races in nearby towns I'm interested in, and I would like to spend a couple of hours there after the races to explore them, too, so would need a few things. And using public transport means I don't have a car to leave them in.
Secondly, is there any forum or website for runners to arrange liftshares to get to races? After taking part in Race for Life last year, my friend and I thought that it would be easy to get a lift from the venue to the next town (which had a train station), seeing that everyone had to go that route anyway. At least 70 cars passed us before someone offered us a lift though, so it seems runners don't trust fellow runners any more than they would the random stranger on the road after all.
And what about showers? How are they like at races - big tents with a hundred showers, or does one get some privacy, too? And if there are no showers at a race - what do people do in that case? Just go sweaty all day? Perhaps not too ideal, seeing that I'd like to take races as opportunities for a daytrip. Someone suggested joining the local gym as a day member to me for both bag storage and showering, but the race fees and a train ticket would more than my usual budget allows already.
Would be great if anyone felt like sharing their experiences - thanks! And sorry for asking stupid questions.