If you value your Sunday morning lie-ins, then running probably isn’t the sport for you. Anyone who has participated in a 10k, half or full marathon has almost certainly had to do so at possibly the most anti-social and inconvenient time of the week. ie, first thing on a Sunday morning.
We all know the drill. When the race starts at 9am, you’ve probably got to arrive an hour or so earlier which means leaving home at about 7am. When there is no public transport available. So you’ve got to drive, which isn’t much help if you don’t own a car. It also means that you can’t run in any race that is more than 50 miles away, unless you are prepared to fork out another £100 on an overnight stay. And you’ve got to get up an hour or two before that to get your body fueled and abluted in order to be fresh and raring to go come the start line. Which means a 5am alarm call. Which in turn means an early-to-bed no-fun Saturday evening. In other words, a Sunday morning race can really ruin your weekend. How many of the 20-25% of no-shows, that every race experiences can be put down to the runner simply deciding on the morning that they can’t face getting up in the early hours and would much rather stay in bed and give it a miss? There must be a few.