I think that's the problem for a lot of folks, they're simply not interested in the frills - T Shirts, pasta parties, prize giving ceremonies etc.
Well having been involved with 2 big races the last 2 years I can tell you your far fro right. It's one of the most asked questions when they sign in, "Do I get a T-shirt?" "Is there a party afterwards?" "What prizes can I win?"
Running a little event of 80-100 people is not the same as doing a enduro event, Chipps has explained some of the costs up there but there's many more. The medical cover some of you are talking about won't be a patch on what's provided at the bigger ones, if you took your £10 per head for 80-100 people it wouldn't cover just that.
All those markers that you see that are essential, the rolls of tape, signs, arrows, generators, toilets, camping, food, water supplies, marshals, fuel, insurance, timing, promotion, PA systems, marquees and many more things all have to be paid for. They're all gone up in price so the organisers could keep it the same and run at a loss or increase it to keep the event going. The entry rate and interest grow every year for the ones I've been involved in seem to priced just right.
Then there's the other extreme of STW Weekender, very reasonably priced but because it's held in a smaller area it does cost less but don't be fooled it's still expensive to setup.
Sadly this year I'm struggling to sort time off to get help out any event, my shifts have just fallen wrong.