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I want to start a campaign to get race organisers to make their events more friendly to people who travel there without a car. As a bunch of fit and healthy people, it seems crazy to me that most runners go to all their races by car.
As an example, last sunday I did the Eridge Park 10 and the organisers clearly had never even thought of getting there in any other way- there were no public transport directions and no bag storage (although in every other way the race was great).
Here's what I think.
As a minimum, race organisers should:
- think about public transport options when planning the race (it's not great if the race starts at 9 and the first train gets in a 9.05)
- provide directions by public transport
- provide bag and bike storage
In an ideal world, race organisers would:
-offer a discount on the entry fee to anyone who arrives on foot, by bike or by public transport, and to runners who car-share
I also think Runner's World could be more proactive in helping people who want to get lifts to races- maybe a tick box on the online entry system, where you can say you're happy to give someone a lift?
I'd like to know what other people think- is it only me who is driven mad by this? Is it just the races that I'm doing?