Ballycotton Running Promotions name the culprits in the race number transfer saga....(Updated Wed 28th Apr)
What a headline! Worthy of the front page of any tabloid newspaper ;o)
.....or at least it was!
This year for the first time, Ballycotton Running Promotions took the decision to publish photographs of people who had raced under someone else's name. As you can imagine, this was a decision that wasn't taken lightly and has been their strongest response to the problem of people transferring numbers to date.
As you might expect, taking such a strong position provoked a number of strong responses with several people agreeing and some disagreeing.
I can only imagine the level of frustration they must have in trying to organise a race, including a simple provision that runners won't transfer their numbers and then seeing people ignore it year after year.
Can you imagine what it must be like to organise a race like this, have a list of let's say 20-30 prizewinners and then to have to ask the question......"Did all of these prizewinners actually run in the race today?"
As for putting up a photo and link on this blog, I also questioned whether I should put up a post about it. After thinking about it, I decided I should even though I knew some people may disagree with it.
Factors in my decision were....
1) It was already up on the Ballycotton website and in the public domain
2) Since the Ballycotton '10' race is such an important race locally then I knew it would be of interest to a lot of people.
3) I think Ballycotton Running Promotions did the right thing in publishing photos this year. The Ballycotton '10' is a non-commercial race run by runners for runners. A huge number of people give up their time to make this race the success that it is. Why should we feel sorry for the few individuals who ignore the rules and make things difficult for the organisers? What about the hundreds who didn't manage to get in and yet did the right thing!
The original post was here for a few days and the message has certainly got out there. Having said that, I don't believe that a permanent record should exist on the Internet so I have taken the original photo down and removed the link.
I understand Ballycotton Running Promotions will be doing likewise.
Here is a statement from them....
RE: RACE NUMBERS TRANSFERRED
As stated on our website, the publication of names and numbers was an unprecedented step and one not taken lightly. But after our pleas and warnings were ignored for many years, we had no other option.
At this stage, we feel people have got the message and therefore will be removing the names and numbers. We never intended to leave them up on a long-term basis but felt we had to take a stand. Rest assured, prior to next year’s race, we will again be reminding people of the consequences of transferring numbers.
There are very few ‘terms and condition’ to follow in entering our race, or indeed in any other such events. All we ask is that people follow the rules that they agree to when signing their names on the entry form.
The few rules that are there are in the interest of those taking part and in maintaining the integrity of the event. We have always striven to be fair and impartial to all concerned and will continue to do so and only ask to be treated likewise in return.
Ballycotton Running Promotions