One area that...has changed over the race's 30 year history is the paperwork, particularly in the area of health and safety...Judkins insist that this has always been his focus and points out that his was the first event to insist on competitors holding a kayaking certificate and wearing helmets and lifejackets.
What he objects to, and he's certainly not alone here, is the "stifling" level of bureaucracy now surrounding the multisport and adventure racing industry. "I'm safety conscious anyway, I always have been, I just don't like being told what to do...[T]he risk is the same it was thirty years ago. The risk hasn't increased but where we started out with 22 officials, now it takes 400 officials to run the same race."
The bottom line is that "all the red tape makes events more expensive to run" which is bad news..."[P]rice has become a huge factor".
The same applies for smaller events. They are becoming ridiculously expensive. I readily accept the price mechanism has an effect on people's choices, so making tobacco more expensive (and sugar for that matter) will have an impact. And of course making events more expensive through needless regulation will price people out of the market - less exercise = fatter population.
I am not holding my breath waiting for a reduction in bureaucracy, when the lazy answer is simply to tax people.