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  • Great North Run

     Matt updated 4 years, 7 months ago 9 Members · 11 Posts
  • Ian S

    September 8, 2019 at 6:22 am

    With a £56 entry fee, why does anyone bother entering this event.

    Is it just to say ” I’m doing / done the GNR”  there are 100’s of better value, less congested,  more scenic runs than this one.

    So why bother with it.

  • Chris Pattison

    September 8, 2019 at 6:30 am

    I totally agree, along with London this would be one of the last races I would want to do.

    Much prefer low key events, also you can enter 2 – 3 for the price of £56.

    But I see why folk would want to be part of something big like that, and I guess you certainly get the support all the way around.

    My view will remain as its better to support your local races, especially the low key ones.  Would only do a big event if I felt the need to mix things up a little and have a bit of variety.

  • Vicky Pixi

    September 8, 2019 at 8:49 am

    I’m glad youve done this debate Ian coz I was going to post about this

    I think this is just so not on for everyone who does join the ballot, the chances are is that all the places have been taken up even before the ballot goes live!! So what’s the point?

    As for the entry fee (without the membership) no way especially for the great north run – to pay over half of a hundred quid to be squashed and squished with over 50,000 – I think its 57,000 this year! other people just to run 13.1 miles on roads. I’d rather spend my money on a train fare somewhere remote and run free through some woods on my own 🙂

  • Ian S

    September 8, 2019 at 8:58 am

    It’s a total RIP off Vicky. I really believe most people there today are there for kudos purposes. Following the crowd etc, sheep. I’m fed up of one of the 1st things people ask is ” have you done the great north” like it’s the only one out there.

    My answer is ” no, and I never will “.


  • meercat58

    September 8, 2019 at 9:57 am

    These big televised events are brilliant for “inspirational” value. You see the elite runners but it also highlights the possibilities for Joe Bloggs whos 5 stone overweight and has never run a step in his life. If it encourages someone to get up off their bums and run a HM and they are happy to pay the going rate then why not ? Incidently I know at least 6 people who have had a ballot place for the last 2  and 3 years so it cant be that difficult to get one.😊

  • Ian S

    September 8, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Joe Bloggs who is 5 stone overweight can still do something about it if they pick any HM, doesn’t have to be this must do event at an extortionate price.

  • Dee27

    September 8, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Horses for courses I think. I love watching the big events and as MC says, if it inspires people to have a go then why not? Anything that highlights the positives about running is fine with me.

  • Adam

    September 8, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    I did it (a few years ago) and have no regrets but now as a more experienced runner I probably wouldn’t do it again. On reason to do the GNR is the kudos of having taken part in an iconic race. There are cheaper and better HMs out there but they generally don’t have the same pull for many. It’s the same as the London Marathon; I did this once too (lucky ballot place) and am pleased to have done so but I wouldn’t do it again.

    Large city events tend to be very expensive anyway, with road closures, police and ambulance services to pay for and loads of (paid) volunteers. The organisers are putting the race on to make money and with the obvious demand they can clearly raise the price and make a larger profit. If people are willing to pay for it, that’s up to them.

  • sharnie1

    September 9, 2019 at 7:23 am

    I don’t think I know anyone who entered the GNR ballot who didn’t get in?? (I’m sure some one will pop up who didn’t though) and know many people who have done it year after year after year, so the GNR group is clearly a money making rip off??  Big city events are seriously not for me – I would consider having to do it as a punishment – but for some people these events are all about an ‘experience’ and I guess if we were all the same the world would be a dull place.  Plus I’m grateful not everyone thinks running round muddy unmarked courses in the middle of nowhere is fun as crowds would detract massively from the type of events I enjoy.  I don’t get the hype or why anyone would want to do it – but I’m not going to knock it if it’s your idea of fun 🙂

  • Richard Woodfield

    September 9, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    This membership scheme for GNR does sound like a straightforward money making venture, which would put me off if I might be interested.

    But, overall,  I’m fine with GNR and a few other iconic events being expensive.  Presumably it is pretty expensive to lay on the event for many of the reasons given earlier in this thread.  And they do enthuse lots of participants, spectators, fund raisers, TV viewers etc, about the challenges of running.  And of course in many parts of the country there are loads of other intermediate options between GNR and the opposite end of spectrum – running round a muddy course with no directional signs and only a tiny handful of spectators for support. You can still get plenty of atmosphere / local support etc at events with say 1,000 participants.

  • Matt

    October 17, 2019 at 11:14 am

    It’s a mass participation event. Serious runners might want to steer clear but at the end of the day if these bring others into the fold then great. This and the London Marathon have to be considered once in a lifetime events surely?  And as Sharnie rightly predicted, I’m popping up as someone who didn’t get through one year. Was unable to run it for medical reasons another year but aiming for it next year if I get through the ballot.


    I’d guess compared to your average backwater event with a few thousand people London Marathon and Great North have much higher security, infrastructure and police bills etc than you’d get a regional event. I feel like there both runs you should run once in my life definitely but treat more as day out/charity fundraising opportunity than a genuine PB/all out racing attempt etc.


    As someone who grew up going down to watch it the appeal is obvious. I’d assume people living in London or Manchester have similar connections to their big local events or Cardiff to the Cardiff Marathon or even worldwide Boston to the Boston Marathon, running it becomes more than just a run as ‘something on the bucket list’.

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