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Run in smaller races that have less competitors and so cost less to organise and cost less to enter.
Those races often though are just that races, and so are less popular as a result.
There are more people who want to run than race.
Best learn to race.
It costs less.
£46 ??? My thoughts exactly! I did this 2 years ago and it was a really boring route even with the the odd pockets of music, that said I was willing to go for it again this year till I saw the cost. I have now decided to do the 16mile Kingston breakfast run which I did (shorter distance though) a few years back and really enjoyed!
There's no way I'd pay that sort of money to enter a race, but as Stephen says, it's not really a race - it's an 'event'.
Club-organised races are much better value, and often better organised.
World-class DJs? Is this a race or a disco?
And how long to you get to hear Calvin's mastery of the turntable? As long as it takes you to run past him? Do you slow down, to get better value for your money?
The fact that other races cost more doesn't make this one look any better to me!
There is a choice if you are willing to pay then go ahead and if you don't want to then don't simples....
I actually prefer the smaller ones but did do this one in it's second year I don't remember it being so expensive.
Calvin Harris actually played a set at the finish line last year - i did it with 2 mates and we had a little boogie with the rest of the crowd to warm down - it was absolutley brilliant!
Agree it's perhaps not to everyone's taste but was great for us as it was both my friend's first long run and if it wasn't for the music and atmosphere I don't think they'd have made it...
It's obvious to see why it's more expensive and i can second that the T-shirt is really nice too. It's not your conventional run but no need to slam it if it's not up your street - different things work for different people. For the record I LOVED IT!
It's a Rip Off at £46, Great North run is fast becoming the same.
I've just run the Rome Marathon for 36 Euros !!1
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Nice race choice, PhilPub. It's a good one. Probably is my local half.
Well.... each to their own and all that. If this type of thing is what some people are into, I wouldn't knock them for it. After all, if they all suddenly started turning up in droves at the smaller and cheaper races I prefer, I'd probably be a bit peeved.
But yes, some races just seem to cost waaaay too much. That's how I got into ultras this year, after comparing the £48 fee for a marathon with the £13 fee for a 33 miler and the £17 fee for a 40 miler.
a race organised purely for commercial purposes.
i've done it twice, it even goes past my flat but i'm not particularly inclined to enter again given when i did its first year it was less than 30 quid. its even more than the marathon!
difficult for a PB too, couple of big hills but also takes ages for the field to thin out
guess if its the only race you do in a year then fair enough, but savvier runners will do races like paddock wood last week - less than half the price and preferable in every aspect.
"RW editors choice"? wonder how many free places were given as part of the promotional marketing....
I ran this in its 2nd year and then played a 30 minute set with my band at the finish line. Great fun was had by (nearly) all... Good way to warm down anyway!
We documented it here: http://vimeo.com/channels/challengeswound#7051726
The event is now full, however, if anyone is interested in still entering and would like to do it for a good cause ARCHIVE UK (architecture for health in vulnerable environments) still has places if you wish to run for us. What's more it's only £30 if you run for us (covers t shirt, part of entry cost, small gift, postage). Furthermore you'll get regular tips for running and fundraising.
For more information contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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