This poll finished 3 weeks ago and I never got around to commenting on it. For the Dungarvan 10 road race at the start of February, the pre-entry fee was €15 and the entry fee on the day of the race was €20. At the race, they gave out a goody bag, a t-shirt and a glass momento. The poll question was selected by West Waterford AC as they wanted some feedback from runners who had done the race. The question they asked was "Do you think the entry fee was worth it?". The poll got 84 votes and 82% said that they thought it was worth it while 18% said it was'nt.
So, the result is pretty clear in that the majority of people thought that the entry fee was ok. My own opinion is that I think it shows that most people see the 10 mile races as something special and not like the other shorter races. I think they are prepared to pay that bit extra for what they feel is a special occasion.
"Hi John. I don't think people mind the entry fee so much when they only enter races once in a blue moon, but I would be curious as to how the lads and women who enter races regularly feel about it? Any comments from the regular runners would be interesting. I hope to do all the races in April and have entered the Half Marathon in Glengariff in May. That comes to a fair few quid considering entry fee's, petrol cost's, etc etc. But for me, it's all about the enjoyment of the events rather than the fee's....kind regard's....John Dunphy, Rising Sun AC "