The old days...

Discussion in 'General Running Discussions' started by runner, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. runner

    runner Member

    As a runner of some 40 years and still jogging along in my 60's I do so miss the times you could turn up at a race and just enter. Prices were rarely more than £10, and I remember paying £6.50 for the Bath Half many years ago. The latest entry fee is £43, of course naturally it is run by a company eager to "stuff" as many participants on the start line as they can. I appreciate that with changes in H & S and the introduction of the chip and the requirement to have lots of police and first aid etc....then it is natural for the price to be relatively high. I still pay the price (which of course can work out as many £100's) yet sometimes I miss those fun carefree days of low prices and the ability to role up and enter.....
     
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  2. amasidlover

    amasidlover Active Member

    Location:
    Gatley
    Fell running is still cheap and entry on the day - most races are still less than £5! You get a race number, safety pins and enthusiastic volunteers!
     
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  3. WiltshireWonder

    WiltshireWonder Active Member Staff Member

    We've been back in the UK for a few months now and I'm staggered at how cheap races are compared to in California. You'd be looking at 30 quid for a 5k minimum and 60 easily for a decent-sized half-marathon. The race I'm doing next week was 8 quid with the opportunity to give more for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. I think you just have to pick your races wisely, bargains are still out there.
     
  4. OP
    OP
    runner

    runner Member

    got a bad habit of tripping whilst descending :sad:
     
  5. sandra6

    sandra6 New Member

    It's not just the cost, for "big" events even getting a place can be a mission.
    I was surprised recently when a local club advertised a run along a local cycle path with a price tag of £10. I'm not sure where the money goes as the marshalls are all volunteers.
     
  6. Truth

    Truth Regular Member

    Stourbridge Stagger , the first week in Feb every year , is the best value race I do. 10 mile mixed (very!) terrain race for £12 (£10 if affiliated) and you get a towel for finishing :smile:
     
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  7. amasidlover

    amasidlover Active Member

    Location:
    Gatley
    Having organised similar events; you're looking at £200 insurance (even for a small event), water is about 50p a bottle, promotional materials, cable ties, signs etc. vary quite a lot depending on what you're doing, but can quickly get it in to the low hundreds - councils will often charge (our local council charges £60-£200 depending on event) if you're using their parks etc. to start and finish on. So if you're running a small event and only expect 50-100 runners then you may need to charge £5-10 just to break even.

    Of course FRA / EA events probably get subsidised (free?) insurance and clubs that do events regularly (and thus have all the signage etc) and if you can find a friendly venue to start/finish at who are happy to do it free then you can get down to the £2-£3 that fell runs cost.

    But I do find it completely baffling how an event with thousands of runners can justify charge £40+ for a road run.
     
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  8. pubrunner

    pubrunner New Member

    Yay - I did the Stagger about 15 years ago - just got under 69 minutes, which I was happy with on that course.
     
  9. pubrunner

    pubrunner New Member

    I've done loads of great fell races and there are some excellent ones near Gatley - Boar's Head race, Shining Tor, Shuttlingsloe, Crown Derby, Tegg's Nose, Rainow, Kinder Downfall, Congleton Cloud Nine - done all of these and most, quite a few times. Some great ones here in Shropshire too !
     
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  10. Truth

    Truth Regular Member

    Great time!
    This year will be the 27th one so they are doing something right :smile::okay:
     
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