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I'm planning on signing up to the above on Monday.
How much does it cost?
Thanks in advance
Thank you for your advise. I'm sure I had read it was £100 and that was why I was raising the question.
I actually worked this out when I was travelling back from London. The cost of the marathon for me was:
- £35 entry- £240 trainers (x3 pairs on the go)- £100 clothes (tights, tshirts, hi viz gear)- £150 nutrition (gels/energy drinks/protein shakes)- £170 Travel to London (2 return tickets)- £60 Stuff from the Expo- £120 Eating in London (for 2 people, 3 days)- £15 Travel through London.- £0 - Accommodation in london - crashed on cousin's boat.
Admittedly - some of the stuff are for use after the event as well and I consider to be a "long term" purchase (e.g. part of the box of gels that I still have left, winter running tights etc) but it's good to have an idea of it before you start.
Entry is cheap but you need to factor in the likelihood of getting in. I waited 5 years for my ballot place.
There's no harm in trying and i'll be trying again on Monday morning!
I'm not trying to be negative but I think you need to be realistic about the possibility of you getting in (which I wish you the best of luck for). You were asking about the cost of entry so I thought that i'd give you a round answer of how much it costs. I was amazed when I worked it out - but honestly - I would have paid that for the experience.
Thank you I do appreciate your advice.
I am new to running outdoors and have a lot to consider.
@Sarah - I don't know if you're an experienced runner but if you're a beginner - pop along to the beginners section and find yourself a plan to aim for and go from there. I'm guessing from your name that you're a woman so just make sure that you're wearing the right shoes and a good bra
Good Luck with the Ballot and starting to get running!
stutyr wrote (see)
Assuming its the same as previous years you can opt to pay this when you apply to give to you a slightly better chance of getting in, with the payment being donated to charity if you are unsuccessful.
Most of the items on the cost list will apply regardless of which marathon you do. If you're already a regular (all weather) runner then you'll probably have most of the gear already, and so the cost only really comes into play if you're having to stay in London overnight and need accomodation. Personally I probably had to buy 1 extra pair of shoes that I wouldn't have worn through if I'd just been doing my regular training, plus it cost me £15 to get to and from the expo (which I recouped by stocking up on consumables for the rest of the year at discount prices), £10 for a place on my club's coach to the start and £9 for a train home. The only clothing I bought was a couple of pairs of socks as I'd worn through the old ones.
Sticky88 wrote (see)
stutyr wrote (see)Assuming its the same as previous years you can opt to pay this when you apply to give to you a slightly better chance of getting in, with the payment being donated to charity if you are unsuccessful.
Badly Drawn Bloke wrote (see)
Sticky - in previous years if you bequeath your entry fee and you are unsuccessful in the ballot, you then get entered into a prize draw for a place, therefore increasing your chance slightly.
That didn't happen last year, did it??? If it did, I must have missed the very small print, nevertheless, I did feel that I MAY stand a better chance if I opted to pay up front - obviously didn't work.
Will have to try again on monday...to pay or not to pay, that is the question. To be decided on Monday!
Beware Of The Fish wrote (see)
Bequeath because you want to make a charity donation, and if you're lucky enough to win a place then it's an unexpected bonus.
cougie wrote (see)
Doesnt the bequeathment thing give you a fleece/jacket/watch or whatever if you dont get in ? Expensive way to shop mind you.
Kryten wrote (see)
You also have to consider the money you will save. Friday night out on the town = drinks £40, kebab £5, taxi home £15 = £60. Every Friday for three months comes to £780!
Then add on the £50 -100 you can get from flogging your medal on ebay afterwards, you're quids in really.
Haven just done the marathon on sunday, i say go for it! I have watched nearly each and every one, whether on tv or outside my flat (when i lived in the docklands) and always aspired to do it. It was great. (if you ignore the pain!). I would love to do it again, and be slightly less delirious so that I could soak up the amazing atmosphere all the way around. There is nothing like doing a race where you have so much support for the public.
I've entered the ballot twice, and not got a place (got a fleece that was so cheap and made of hideous material I couldn't even touch it - yuck!) I got my place through a charity and needed to raise £1700.
I'd say start running outside now, whether or not you get in. If you leave it until October, when you will find out if you got a place or not, you will find the marathon harder.
I entered for 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. All of these years I bequeathed and didn't get in. For this year I didn't bequeath and got in. As Screamapillar says, I felt that they needed to let me in if they wanted to get any more money out of me.
The way I now see it is if I enter and bequeath, and my friend enters but doesn't bequeath, if VLM give my friend the place, they're getting my money AND my friend's money, so they're getting double. If they let me in and not my friend, they'd only get half.
I am trying to enter through my GFA time, however nowhere on the VLM site does it mention the race fee. Is it free or is it like expensive jewelry, if you have to ask the price your probably can't afford it......
SR - They don't appear to be forthcoming on cost do they. GFA gets you a guaranteed entry but you still have to pay for it, which will likely be 30-odd quid. Presumably you'd find out when they send you the GFA entry form.
Having recently achieved a HM qualifying time for a Championship entry, I've just consulted the site and apparently need to check back at the end of May for more details. My toes are positively tingling with anticipation.