Monday, 29 January 2018
Beware the Freebie
Yesterday at a railway station kiosk I bought a German running magazine for the simple reason that there was a freebie, a flashed booklet "containing details of more than 3,000 running events during 2018 in Germany and Europe" in the transparent bag together with the magazine.
Could I resist such an offer? The short answer is, I couldn't. I'm always looking for details of races in European countries. In 2017 I ran in a couple of very nice races, a half marathon in a spa resort in the Czech Republic and a race in the snow in the Italian Dolomites. And in 2016 I ran in an amazing race in Snowdonia.
So this fixture booklet would be just the job. My mouth was almost watering at the thought of this year's European races!
Imagine my reaction when I arrived home with my purchase and looked within the pages of the freebie. There were only 10 races in all Europe in it. One was in Belgium. One was in Lichtenstein. One was in Italy. Four were in Switzerland and three in Austria. That was it. Ten in all.
All the other "more than 3,000" were of course in Germany.
Well, we all live and learn. The motto is: Beware the Freebie! I certainly won't be buying any future editions of this particular German running magazine.