I ran this a few years ago and I'd say it was 'worth' the fee. Assuming the route hasn't changed... Some lovely views, fun warm up atmosphere, a bit of park running with music and official photo point with big Ben in the background. Ballots don't always go your way. I'd go for it !
I’ve entered the ballot 4 times and got rejected every time so go for it! I curse these ballots - I’ve had rejections from london marathon, ride london and royal parks this year .... and did last year too. I’m going to do the Yorkshire marathon instead as it’s the same day.
£60 is a lot but I did the great north run last year and it was similar money. At least if you’re getting the train in you don’t need to worry about accommodation costs too. I don’t know if it is the case for the royal parks but with the london marathon there are extra public transport services on the day. The FAQ bit says the race starts at 9am according to this:
You pay extra for the t shirt op. They charge what they can, I guess. The aim of this race is to raise money for their cause. Other hms are organised by clubs with the aim of giving runners a local race. They don't necessarily have central London views, lots of runners at your pace and crowded routes to cheer you on. I've done both big and small runs and enjoyed both for different reasons. Take your pick. If you don't choose to run others will - for charity pledges of hundreds even thousands. Is it your first HM? If so, maybe find a middle ranking, established local one with a few thousand entrants. Check previous years results to ensure you don't end up running alone or finishing after most other people. That can take the shine off your fantastic achievement.
I have done an HM before, years ago. It was round Silverstone circuit so not many spectators or much of a view. I'm not a fan of mass-participation events as a rule, obviously the crowds and the sights in London would have been great but I hate the waiting around and the queues.
I don't really object to them charging so much, but it does make it a consideration when deciding whether or not to enter.
There's a nice-looking one on the Suffolk coast in October. I may do that one instead. I can stay in a Travel Lodge and still pay less for the whole weekend than if I did Royal Parks.