dont be such a cheapskate! £30 for most XC races, £50 for a race 5-6 times longer, cheap if you ask me, considering you get “race entry, energy drink at feed stations, water, fruit and snacks, one hot food station at halfway, goody bag and race momento for finishers”.
support it, we need races like this in the UKPosted 8 years ago
im with trev.
unfortunantly i might not have the cash to enter but i may be able to convince the missus i NEED to do it for my sanity 😀
we need more long races , been a big fan of the american “hundys” for a long time.
selkirk merida nearest thing we have atm at 88k…..Posted 8 years agopaul78Member
Trev, you must be earning too much cash…
I personally think £50 is alot for an entry fee… a justification of costs would be good.. most racers wont be too interested in drinks and snacks as they will use their own personal preference.. a good course, good timing system and quickly posted results are what i want from any race.Posted 8 years ago
“most racers wont be too interested in drinks and snacks as they will use their own personal preference”
if you can carry enough on you for a hundy without stopping whilst going at race pace (its still a race at the end of the day).
how long do you think we will be out on course for say ….. 6-8 hours for the fast guys and 15 hours + for the slow guys ? fair bit of wedge getting a 100 mile course sorted time and tape. Then marshalls and first aid for the duration….
I mean 10 under the ben was 45 quid this year for 10 hours , no feed stations and a pre race meal …. cracking race though and atmospherePosted 8 years agopaul78Member
SSUK09 was best race ( maybe fairer in general to call it an event) i’ve been too this year… £20 entry… free t shirt, pint glass, evening meal, camping, roller racing, live band, unbelievable course which didn’t have a single complaint, best atmosphere, unbelievable prize list…
Entry fee isn’t directly related to the quality of a race..
And yes if i do it i will be carrying everything i need for the race.. and will definately be trying my best to go at race pace albeit with one gear…Posted 8 years ago
Not sure I agree with the idea that more miles equals greater cost. You can enter a sportive at 100 miles with food, energy gels and drinks etc at 4 stations, yet this costs twenty quid. How is it justified to increase the cost by more than 100% because its offroad? Im not saying I wont be entering – just find 50 quid to be steep. whats cost of entering Leadville or similar?Posted 8 years ago
You going to be there then Marty? Just fail to see how 50 per entry is justified. Im not saying its wrong or unjust. A hot meal per person and a t-shirt etc, plus some tape to direct the occasional section of the route doesnt cost 50 quid does it?! Most races cost 20-30 pound and im sure dont require 100% more organisation, man power or resources.Posted 8 years agomartyMember
You going to be there then Marty? Just fail to see how 50 per entry is justified
Yup. Entered earlier. £50 is fine for me for an event like this.
Once you start organising races (I’ve been part of putting on two), you realise why they cost what they do. Looked at doing a biggish “backcountry” loop (c 35 miles) for the 2nd of these, but costs and logistics put us off.
There’s a lot more to it than photocopying some entry forms and buying a roll of hazard tape.
Permission (Forestry / landowner)
HQ (hire / easy-ups / marquees)
Course markings (tape / signs)
Get the drift?Posted 8 years agogrummMember
The Kielder Avalanche Enduro was only slightly less, 50 euros, and there wasn’t much in the way of freebies on offer.
It did seem fairly well organised though and I would definitely do it again.
If it’s on the trail centre routes there, the terrain is pretty rough and quite eroded for a trail centre imo – there are some really good descents, especially the black section with some nice dropoffs and jumps.Posted 8 years agomiketuallySubscriber
Looks like being a great event on a good course – the site hints at heading over the border to Newcastleton and back.
The brother of a friend is looking at doing this, so if I can cadge a lift off him I’m very interested in having a go.
As far as cost goes, it’s the same weekend as the local 100 mile road ride, which is only £3 🙂 All you get for that though is a photocopy of a road atlas, onto which you highlight the route yourself 😉Posted 8 years agoMrSalmonMember
Maybe the number of people you expect to enter comes into it as well- I daresy it’d be less if it was an event that several hundred or a thousand people will enter.
Comparisons with Meridas are a bit off- they’re not races and I wouldn’t be surprised if that in itself makes it harder and therefore more expensive to organise.Posted 8 years agostevemakinSubscriber
£50, cost of a premier league football match ?
it seems reasonable to me given all that it takes to organise as marty says, plus its not unreasonable that the people who do step up to organise make some money from it.
SSUK is a very different sort of event to any other racePosted 8 years ago
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