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cougie wrote (see)
These events aren't cheap to put on and expectations are higher nowadays. Chip timing. Technical tees. Goodie bags. Video screens etc etc.
VLM is cheaper partly because of the sponsorship monies received as well as charging the charities a huge sum for guarenteed places.
I am the race director for several events throughout the year and if anyone wants a break down of costs then contact me direct. My other half and I have not taken money out of the events since we started doing them, partly because we have done the events to raise money for charities and partly because the margins are too small. We do not take a wage, despite it being a full time job. Some of the events receive over 1000 entries.
Organising events is very stressful and time consuming, however, when you find a route that you love to run and want to share with others and see the enjoyment on their faces at the end, this negates the negatives.
The cost of the event depends a lot on what is involved and how many marshals are needed. We have found you cannot please everyone all of the time. We have a half/full marathon based on the Medoc Marathon where the cost is £40. It has been mentioned that this is expensive on other forums. What some runners do not see are the real costs of putting this type of event on. This is the third year and in the first two years the event has lost money.
I think there are some companies out there who do charge a lot and are doing it solely to make a profit. I do not have an issue with companies who do this as we all have an option not to enter it.
There is a marathon run not far from where I live, put on by the local running club (ie. volunteers). It's largely on the roads, has the permits, police permission, etc., chip timing, goody bag, medal and t-shirt.
The entry fee is £23 for affiliated runners, £26 for non-affiliated.
The event has been put on for many years, very successfully. The club does not lose money on it - in fact they make a sizeable donation from the proceeds to local charities each year.
Caz, I think it's an inevitability. Costs are rising all the time. It's only a matter of time before councils start demanding expensive road closures.
We are living in a golden age of races but unfortunately many low key club races will be squeezed out or forced to increase their entry fee to cope with the costs involved.
Sussex runner - I didn't actually say 'that organisers can do what they like and if we don't like it we can shove it up our arses' what I said was:
'I think there are some companies out there who do charge a lot and are doing it solely to make a profit. I do not have an issue with companies who do this as we all have an option not to enter it',
This meant that if the cost is too much then we do not have to enter. If we do not enter then the event will not exist. All the time people are willing to pay more money then the organisers who are in it for the money will keep putting the prices up.
I do not have an issue because I know how stressful organising an event is and how do you measure what someone should be paid? And as FB has stated each event is different and it is really difficult to judge costs from one event to another.
The majority of race directors I know try to keep the price down as much as possible and consider what the runner needs first and foremost.
Listen to him *points upwards* - he speaka da truth.
I'd rather run in Brighton than Blackpool.
Both still not as great as Bournemouth. Hey thats my home town, so i'm biased
...and you can lie on a proper beach
And another thing... I had an email from Brighton the other week saying the same, entry is now £55 up to 19th (I think) of May. Then, if there are any places left it goes up to £65.00!!!!!
I was due to run Brighton this year and was toying wheterh to defer to next year, which to be fair would only have cost me £45 as an early bird incentive. Can't believe it has gone up. As much as I love Brighton, I won;t be paying those kind of prices for a UK marathon.