Town's marathon is miles too expensive

Bournemouth Echo: PUTTING IN LEGWORK: Marathon runner Jauja Singh, 101, and Katie Few, 8, from Verwood at the launch of the Marathon Festival PUTTING IN LEGWORK: Marathon runner Jauja Singh, 101, and Katie Few, 8, from Verwood at the launch of the Marathon Festival

RUNNERS have criticised the first ever Bournemouth and Poole marathon for being too expensive and having an uninspiring route.

The Bournemouth Marathon Festival, which will take place on October 5 and 6, was officially launched earlier this month.

Those taking part in the marathon start at Kings Park and go through Southbourne, Hengistbury Head, Boscombe and Bournemouth Piers, West Cliff and Poole Harbour before ending at Bournemouth Pier.

But the route has been criticised for the number of times runners will have to double back on themselves. And some runners have claimed the £50 entrance fee is excessive.

Commenting on the marathon’s Facebook page, Nick Beck said: “It looks even more circuitous and convoluted than the bus routes around here!” while Darren Worton labelled it “boring”.

And on the Runner’s World website, several posters queried the price.

Millsy1977 said: “This must be one of the most expensive marathons around.

“I’d be surprised if they got anywhere near selling out.

“I wonder where they got the idea that £50 was a fair price to charge for a new event run by a company with some pretty poor feedback.”

Torquayrunner said: “I was interested until I realised the price and the fact that it was not run by a club.”

And Gertie said: “As a local there is no way I’m going to pay £50 to run that route. It’s not exactly inspiring.”

But Kirstie Armsworth, marketing manager for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, said: “We are of the firm belief that the marathon is priced at the true value of the event delivering a world class marathon experience.

“As for those who say the course isn’t challenging enough – even boring – I could not disagree more.

“The course is fully compliant with the IAAF guidelines for marathon routes as well as offering stunning views of Bournemouth and Poole.

“If you were to ask any runner where they’d like to run then a stunning natural environment such as Bournemouth and Poole would be high on their wish list.”

Jon Sharkey, author of the website marathonrun.co.uk, said the marathon route would “appeal to the masses”.

He said: “For people who train on the course most days, it could be perceived as uninteresting, “But there will be thousands of people enjoying the very best Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch has to offer for the first time.”

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12:23pm Fri 22 Feb 13

BIGTONE says...

But Kirstie Armsworth, marketing manager for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, said: “We are of the firm belief that the marathon is priced at the true value of the event delivering a world class marathon experience



Ahhh but we live in rip off Britain so we have to charge accordingly.
Kerrrrching!
But Kirstie Armsworth, marketing manager for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, said: “We are of the firm belief that the marathon is priced at the true value of the event delivering a world class marathon experience Ahhh but we live in rip off Britain so we have to charge accordingly. Kerrrrching! BIGTONE

12:48pm Fri 22 Feb 13

speedy231278 says...

An overpriced event happening in Bournemouth. Must be S+D Leisure at the helm!
An overpriced event happening in Bournemouth. Must be S+D Leisure at the helm! speedy231278

12:54pm Fri 22 Feb 13

l'anglais says...

I think you could buy a nice pair of running shoes for £50.

And I guarantee they'll do more than 26 miles.
I think you could buy a nice pair of running shoes for £50. And I guarantee they'll do more than 26 miles. l'anglais

12:59pm Fri 22 Feb 13

ranger_bob says...

Oh good. The Marathon is starting at 8am on the Sunday morning, that should keep the surrounding roads nicely clogged up so that we can't get anywhere.

It'll also mean that no one but runners will be using the prom that day as well.
Oh good. The Marathon is starting at 8am on the Sunday morning, that should keep the surrounding roads nicely clogged up so that we can't get anywhere. It'll also mean that no one but runners will be using the prom that day as well. ranger_bob

1:00pm Fri 22 Feb 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

£50? Jog on!
£50? Jog on! HRH of Boscombe

1:01pm Fri 22 Feb 13

ShuttleX says...

Of course Ms Armsworth will hype up the event. However. After looking at the route, both my duaghters (who are very keen marathon runners who go all over the world) have decided not to enter this one. This is despite the fact they live virtually on the route. Both have said they can see problems ahead with runners running back into the ones following them. They see no point in running along the seafront for most of the race. Although they often spend more than £50 to enter other races, they don't think that the price is warrented for such an unknown and uninteresting marathon.
I am sure the likes of Ms Armsworth will talk the event up, how could they do otherwise? But the proof of the pudding is how many people sign up for it, and more to the point, how many will come back next year?
I am sure the thousands of residents who are going to have two days of delays, road closures and traffic jams will all be happy with this race too. I mean they won't mind going through all that upheavel just so a private company can make lots of money.
I see that to date the company running this event only has one partner, although they are desperately trying to attract more. In the event they have to cancel it, there are no refunds. This is stated on their website in very small print. I would be careful of handing over money to these people. The same appleys to booking hotels etc. It could work out as a very expenisve mistake.
Of course Ms Armsworth will hype up the event. However. After looking at the route, both my duaghters (who are very keen marathon runners who go all over the world) have decided not to enter this one. This is despite the fact they live virtually on the route. Both have said they can see problems ahead with runners running back into the ones following them. They see no point in running along the seafront for most of the race. Although they often spend more than £50 to enter other races, they don't think that the price is warrented for such an unknown and uninteresting marathon. I am sure the likes of Ms Armsworth will talk the event up, how could they do otherwise? But the proof of the pudding is how many people sign up for it, and more to the point, how many will come back next year? I am sure the thousands of residents who are going to have two days of delays, road closures and traffic jams will all be happy with this race too. I mean they won't mind going through all that upheavel just so a private company can make lots of money. I see that to date the company running this event only has one partner, although they are desperately trying to attract more. In the event they have to cancel it, there are no refunds. This is stated on their website in very small print. I would be careful of handing over money to these people. The same appleys to booking hotels etc. It could work out as a very expenisve mistake. ShuttleX

1:13pm Fri 22 Feb 13

kingstonpaul says...

I suppose I tend to side with the 'sceptic' vote on a lot of these kinds of proposals, but the comments thus far are so reactionary, NIMBYIST, so small minded, they're absolutely pathetic.
Hey, look, it's a new event. We should be championing something new for the town, and a marathon by the seaside has the feel of something workable. Instead of knocking it just because it has some private sectrior involvement and because it might cause a few road closures.
As for the route, where else can it be expected to go? It seems to tick off most of the sites around town and the along the coast.
This kind of event isn't just about the entrance money going to a private operator. It's about the wider economic benefit to the town from participants, spectators and sponsors bringing money into the local economy.
I suppose I tend to side with the 'sceptic' vote on a lot of these kinds of proposals, but the comments thus far are so reactionary, NIMBYIST, so small minded, they're absolutely pathetic. Hey, look, it's a new event. We should be championing something new for the town, and a marathon by the seaside has the feel of something workable. Instead of knocking it just because it has some private sectrior involvement and because it might cause a few road closures. As for the route, where else can it be expected to go? It seems to tick off most of the sites around town and the along the coast. This kind of event isn't just about the entrance money going to a private operator. It's about the wider economic benefit to the town from participants, spectators and sponsors bringing money into the local economy. kingstonpaul

1:46pm Fri 22 Feb 13

JS BAC says...

Here's a link to the blog post quoted in the article.

http://www.marathonr
un.co.uk/uncategoriz
ed/how-the-bournemou
th-marathon-route-ap
peals-to-the-masses/
Here's a link to the blog post quoted in the article. http://www.marathonr un.co.uk/uncategoriz ed/how-the-bournemou th-marathon-route-ap peals-to-the-masses/ JS BAC

2:54pm Fri 22 Feb 13

andyjb10 says...

kingstonpaul wrote:
I suppose I tend to side with the 'sceptic' vote on a lot of these kinds of proposals, but the comments thus far are so reactionary, NIMBYIST, so small minded, they're absolutely pathetic.
Hey, look, it's a new event. We should be championing something new for the town, and a marathon by the seaside has the feel of something workable. Instead of knocking it just because it has some private sectrior involvement and because it might cause a few road closures.
As for the route, where else can it be expected to go? It seems to tick off most of the sites around town and the along the coast.
This kind of event isn't just about the entrance money going to a private operator. It's about the wider economic benefit to the town from participants, spectators and sponsors bringing money into the local economy.
Well said.

Some people would moan if you gave them a winning lottery ticket.
[quote][p][bold]kingstonpaul[/bold] wrote: I suppose I tend to side with the 'sceptic' vote on a lot of these kinds of proposals, but the comments thus far are so reactionary, NIMBYIST, so small minded, they're absolutely pathetic. Hey, look, it's a new event. We should be championing something new for the town, and a marathon by the seaside has the feel of something workable. Instead of knocking it just because it has some private sectrior involvement and because it might cause a few road closures. As for the route, where else can it be expected to go? It seems to tick off most of the sites around town and the along the coast. This kind of event isn't just about the entrance money going to a private operator. It's about the wider economic benefit to the town from participants, spectators and sponsors bringing money into the local economy.[/p][/quote]Well said. Some people would moan if you gave them a winning lottery ticket. andyjb10

3:26pm Fri 22 Feb 13

uberbloke says...

Like I said last time, marathon running seems to make you really grumpy
Like I said last time, marathon running seems to make you really grumpy uberbloke

3:53pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Glashen says...

ShuttleX wrote:
Of course Ms Armsworth will hype up the event. However. After looking at the route, both my duaghters (who are very keen marathon runners who go all over the world) have decided not to enter this one. This is despite the fact they live virtually on the route. Both have said they can see problems ahead with runners running back into the ones following them. They see no point in running along the seafront for most of the race. Although they often spend more than £50 to enter other races, they don't think that the price is warrented for such an unknown and uninteresting marathon.
I am sure the likes of Ms Armsworth will talk the event up, how could they do otherwise? But the proof of the pudding is how many people sign up for it, and more to the point, how many will come back next year?
I am sure the thousands of residents who are going to have two days of delays, road closures and traffic jams will all be happy with this race too. I mean they won't mind going through all that upheavel just so a private company can make lots of money.
I see that to date the company running this event only has one partner, although they are desperately trying to attract more. In the event they have to cancel it, there are no refunds. This is stated on their website in very small print. I would be careful of handing over money to these people. The same appleys to booking hotels etc. It could work out as a very expenisve mistake.
So should we subsidise the event, I agree the proof will be whether it is a success but it is a bit much deciding it is a failure based on a few Facebook comments and a couple of local runners who think a Bournemouth Marathon shouldn't go along the seafront, there would be far more complaints if it didn't IMHO.
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As far as the comments regarding traffic, well lets not organise anything and close the BIC there are sometimes queues to get into the car park, the airshow obviously must go as well, lets just put a big Visitors Not Welcome sign on the Wessex Way, I despair.
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Seriously though I am experiencing a bit of Deja Vu remembering similar comments about this time last year regarding the Olympics, personally I wish the organisers of this marathon every success.
[quote][p][bold]ShuttleX[/bold] wrote: Of course Ms Armsworth will hype up the event. However. After looking at the route, both my duaghters (who are very keen marathon runners who go all over the world) have decided not to enter this one. This is despite the fact they live virtually on the route. Both have said they can see problems ahead with runners running back into the ones following them. They see no point in running along the seafront for most of the race. Although they often spend more than £50 to enter other races, they don't think that the price is warrented for such an unknown and uninteresting marathon. I am sure the likes of Ms Armsworth will talk the event up, how could they do otherwise? But the proof of the pudding is how many people sign up for it, and more to the point, how many will come back next year? I am sure the thousands of residents who are going to have two days of delays, road closures and traffic jams will all be happy with this race too. I mean they won't mind going through all that upheavel just so a private company can make lots of money. I see that to date the company running this event only has one partner, although they are desperately trying to attract more. In the event they have to cancel it, there are no refunds. This is stated on their website in very small print. I would be careful of handing over money to these people. The same appleys to booking hotels etc. It could work out as a very expenisve mistake.[/p][/quote]So should we subsidise the event, I agree the proof will be whether it is a success but it is a bit much deciding it is a failure based on a few Facebook comments and a couple of local runners who think a Bournemouth Marathon shouldn't go along the seafront, there would be far more complaints if it didn't IMHO. - As far as the comments regarding traffic, well lets not organise anything and close the BIC there are sometimes queues to get into the car park, the airshow obviously must go as well, lets just put a big Visitors Not Welcome sign on the Wessex Way, I despair. - Seriously though I am experiencing a bit of Deja Vu remembering similar comments about this time last year regarding the Olympics, personally I wish the organisers of this marathon every success. Glashen

6:20pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Phixer says...

If a private organisation is willing to take the financial risk then let them. We've all seen what happens when BBC gets involved in commercial activities.

The event will be held during a quiet time of year on the beach and the nimby's above will be safely tucked up at home with a mug of Ovaltine.
If a private organisation is willing to take the financial risk then let them. We've all seen what happens when BBC gets involved in commercial activities. The event will be held during a quiet time of year on the beach and the nimby's above will be safely tucked up at home with a mug of Ovaltine. Phixer

7:17pm Fri 22 Feb 13

live-and-let-live says...

there are plenty of marathons around.runners can be selective and should be. i would never pay that sort of money to run in any race.
there are plenty of marathons around.runners can be selective and should be. i would never pay that sort of money to run in any race. live-and-let-live

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