Why Book With Running Crazy Ltd?

At Running Crazy All our customers come first!

We have a track record stretching back over many years and thousands of runners have travelled with us either individually, as a group/charity, or as a club.

ALL OF OUR CUSTOMERS GO HOME HAPPY! GUARANTEED!

We really do know that a running holiday with Running Crazy Limited is the best on the market and beats all other Running Travel Companies hands down. Don't take our word for it though - just look at the Guestbook comments, or read some of the testimonials on each race page. Our clients trust us to make all their arrangements as if they were making the arrangements themselves!

We are very proud of our good and growing reputation in the Running Tourism World, and it is a standing that we have worked long and hard for. Many of our clients return with us to the same race year after year, some switch to new ones, but all expect the same level of care and attention that we offer at all our events. Our races follow the same successful formula, one that we will not compromise, and one that runners tell us they love.

For your financial protection and to meet with the requirements of 'The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992' all monies paid over to Running Crazy Limited are paid in to a Trust Account. Our Company Number is 5199841.

All clients must take out Travel Insurance . This need not be the Insurance that we recommend but the cover that your policy provides should be equivalent to ours.

All information, data and dealings carried out with Running Crazy Limited is covered under the Data Protection Act . We are registered as a Data Controller. Registration Number Z9866599.

We have drawn up Terms and Conditions for the protection of both ourselves and our clients. Click here to view these.

We offer two main types of booking:-

1. Our full package deals
We offer a full race package deal from arrival and return to the Continental Airport. This includes everything for a great race weekend.   No other Running Travel Companies can offer what we do. Just look at what our package deals include:-

Commitment fee:   We operate with a low commitment fee of just £50. This is the figure that we initially ask from you to secure your place and is deducted from the balance payable approximately 4 weeks before the race. This amount is fully refundable up to 1 month before the event should your plans be unavoidably affected.

Flights:   Under our system you book your own flights, therefore these will be from airports convenient to you, at times that suit you. This often saves a small fortune on trains, airport parking or taxis. We advise the date of the event well in advance, meaning you get the opportunity to take advantage of the best flight prices. Our Wegolo search engine link compares all the flights from your area, quoting the best times and fares.

Baggage: When travelling for a weekend race it is always worth considering taking hand baggage only. Flight prices are always less for this of course and you can also check in on-line, saving queues and hassle. All our hotels supply shampoo, soap, toiletries and towels - items that often fall foul of security regulations.  

Airport Meeting : We know how daunting it can be to arrive at an unfamiliar foreign airport. That is why we always personally await our customers' arrival. We set a pre-determined rendezvous point in the airport, and we are there no matter what time your arrival! We often see and feel the relief from our clients when they meet us in our bright green uniforms. Unlike other Running Travel Companies we refuse to just send a local, non-English speaking taxi driver with a sign with your name on it. We have seen them miss and leave too many people stranded! We know how important it is to be put at your ease as soon as possible.    

Hotels:   Our good class hotels are all as close to the Start line as possible (or Finish if a point to point race). Runners know and appreciate the reasons behind this. Changing and showers, kit security, and that all important last toilet visit. No need to share a portable toilet with 15,000 other runners - unless you really want to of course! Check where other Running Travel Companies may be placing you - many look for the best prices they can get to maximise their profit and so their hotels are miles away from the race and in an inaccessible or 'dodgy' part of town. This often means an expensive taxi ride each time, or worse! - Our runners needs always come first!

At our Tourist Resort Races we usually offer Half Board Accommodation. This is great for groups, as the evening meals give an opportunity for bonding that these events always provide. For individuals it is handy too, as they get to meet other runners and join and feel a part of our group.

For our Big City Races , as well as being located close to the start lines, our hotels are also well placed for sightseeing and transfers. On the whole these are on a bed and breakfast basis and we make recommendations of good value, trustworthy local restaurants, bars and cafes to make your money go further.

A Running Crazy staff member will aim to be in the hotel each and every evening to check that all is well and catch up with you. Join us when you wish.

Local knowledge:   We have built up an extensive local knowledge of these cities and resorts and will be only too pleased to share our secrets with you. We know the best value places to eat, drink and party - No tourist traps blowing the whole weekend's budget in one meal for our clients! We offer the opportunity to join us for a trustworthy, good value evening meal (normally pasta) the night before the race, and an after race get together/party the night after. This is great for socialising with other members of our group but of course some people prefer to sightsee on their own. No problem, whatever suits you suits us. In addition we know the city transport systems well and will advise you on these. We can also supply transport tickets if you wish. We always provide a city/resort map with our weekend itinerary and a list of things to see and do, with directions to them. This can be handy when on a tight timescale. We will suggest training routes close to the hotel if you are staying for some time. We will also tell you where to buy water locally, where the nearest ATM is situated, and where you can find the local chemist.

Language:   At all our races we have experienced locals who we can call on to help with any problems. Unfortunately it is a fact of life that bad things can happen. We have people on hand to help at the Police Station/Hospital if this situation should occur. Thankfully this doesn't happen often and is generally covered by insurance, but when it does, our helpers can greatly reduce the hassle.

Itinerary: We supply an itinerary of the weekend's events on your arrival. However it is up to you where and when you choose to join us - the weekend is yours to enjoy how you want to! This itinerary also supplies important contact information in case of need too - We are available to you 24/7.

Guaranteed Race Entry:   Being the official race partner we have guaranteed places and our good relationships with the race organisers have been built over many years. We are more likely to be able to switch races for runners suffering or recovering from injuries, arrange late entries, and sometimes can even swap T-Shirts for sizes that fit! We also sort out any problems regarding prizes and trophies - many people have returned home not realising they have won an age category trophy etc. The cost of race entry is generally included within our price.

Race Number Collection and Delivery:   When you are on a tight timescale and you have many sights to take in, queuing up at the race EXPO is probably one of the last things you want to do. We take out all the hassle by collecting and delivering your goody bag/T-Shirt/Race Number/Timing Chip etc to our hotel. Many runners tell us how useful this is. Other Running Travel Companies just leave you to pick up your own Race Number, may not have paid your fee, and some do not even know or care where the EXPO is.

Course Briefing:   Not only do we collect and deliver all your race particulars, but we have run in all of the events ourselves. We are able to provide you with a comprehensive course briefing including a video or map of the course. We know all there is to know about any hills, water/feed stations, course markers, landmarks and toilets on route etc. Few, if any, other Running Travel Companies can claim this.

Pre-Race meal :   Our pasta meal the night before the event always proves very popular with our customers. Not only is it a chance to mix with other runners but we also know the best value and quality restaurants close to our city hotels. We make group bookings and because we have travelled to these events for years, the restaurants we use know us and are happy to accommodate us. Again groups travelling independently struggle with making restaurant bookings.

Early Morning Breakfast :   Where there is a morning start to the races, we have arranged with our hotels for early morning breakfast - generally at least 3 hours before the race. Hotels are less likely to entertain a 5.30am breakfast for one, if you are travelling independently! More often than not groups travelling independently cannot achieve these arrangements either (we have seen groups fail trying!) - we have worked with these hotels for many years and they are happy to accommodate our special requirements. We believe no other Running Travel Company can offer this.

Race Support:   Our Hotels are all within a stone's throw of the start - and whilst this is handy for toilets (you know what we mean!), changing and showers, kit storage and security, sometimes the weather might be against us. No problem as we have a kit collection service set up so you can stay warm and dry right up until the last minute. Whilst you are slogging it out on the course, we are out there too - cheering on our customers, and also taking photos. These photos appear later on our Facebook page. Look at the smiles on our runners' faces - even those in a Marathon!

Spectator Support:   As well as being there for our runners, we are also able to advise spectators where best to site themselves for the best view of the race. At some of our races we even take supporters to a café that is pre-booked, where they can enjoy a drink before the runners appear.       

After Race Party:   You have had a good run, you have had a great day and now you need a great night to round it all off. Our exclusive Running Crazy After Race Party is the only place to go! We have race photos on the big screens, prize giving and party surprises that go on late in to the night. Celebrating on your own is no fun - join us for a memorable fun time.   

Extras:   Many of our clients comment on the many little extra things that they get with us that they cannot get anywhere else. We will keep these our secret - all seemingly little things   - but they really mean a lot!

Camaraderie:   On a Running Crazy race weekend you have everything not just for a weekend race away but for a fantastic, fun filled running experience! One where you will meet new running buddies, share stories of your race, your training, your life! Friendships are forged on our weekends and the camaraderie is truly unbeatable!

No other Running Travel Company comes close!

Now is the time for you to join us and see why our trips
are the best by miles!

 

2. Our 'Smarter' booking system - build your own package!
We also recognise that nowadays with use of the internet, many runners prefer to travel independently and make their own arrangements at races. As well as offering our own packages we thought it would be a great idea to offer guidance on how to put a running race weekend holiday together and indeed make it easier for runners to share ideas on where to stay, where to visit and any other tips that they have learned and think might be useful to others.

Under our 'Smarter' booking system you will be guided through the elements of building your own running race holiday to some of the more popular race venues. This will include flights, conveniently placed hotel accommodation, transfer information, insurance, race entry and tips about the race and course itself. More often than not the hotels listed on the official race website are not the closest to the race Start/Finish as they are tied to a local agent - Our recommended hotels are the best located and suit varied budgets! For some races we can even provide a photo trail from the airport to the hotel, providing you with support at a crucial time. We know how daunting arrival at an unfamiliar foreign airport can be. For a few races we even supply coins to pay the bus driver (You know they don't like notes!) or place in the ticket machine, and directions to it too! If you get stuck at any time over the weekend just give us a ring - Our mobile 'phone is manned all weekend. Obviously this system helps to make runners money go a little bit further, but of course not all of the benefits of package protection extend to this type of booking. Many runners however would have made their own arrangements in any event, so we are happy to share some of our secrets. By using this system it is also possible to split payment for your accommodation with a 20% deposit being paid to the Accommodation Agent at the outset, with the remainder due about 5 weeks before. There is the added benefit that the Accommodation Agent is ABTA bonded.

Our 'Smarter' race booking system and calendar will expand as time goes by and more and more runners provide input.

Whichever method of booking you use we hope that you will thoroughly enjoy your Running Crazy race weekend. We look forward to welcoming you.

Malcolm Hargraves
Running Crazy Ltd
18 Octavius Court
Waterlooville
Hants
PO7 8LY

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