Friday, October 22, 2010
Entry conditions for the 2011 Ballycotton '10'...
Ballycotton '10'....What is it?........After the Cork City Marathon, this is the biggest running event in the Cork region. It is a 10 mile road race in Ballycotton, East Cork and the numbers are limited to about 3,000 entries. The race is usually on at the start of March and entries usually close in early December.
Now the race info & entry conditions.......!!
The Ballycotton '10' Mile road race will take place on Sunday, the 6th of March 2011.
The entry conditions are much the same as the last 2 years. The only real change is that the forms will be coming out on a Tuesday instead of Monday.
The details........You have a choice of ways to get an entry form...
1) You can send off a SAE with adequate postage to Ballycotton Running Promotions, Ballycotton, Co.Cork. They will then post the entry form back to you on Monday, the 29th of November and all going well, you should get it the next day in Tuesday's post.
2) They will be distributing entry forms to the following shops on Tuesday evening (30th Nov).....John Buckley Sports (Cork), Ger Wyley Sports (Dungarvan) and local shops in Shanagarry & Ballycotton in the afternoon.
3) The entry form will be available for download from the Ballycotton website on Tuesday evening (30th Nov).
Getting the entry form is the easy part. Now for the hard part....getting your entry in!
They will accept the first 2,500 entries regardless of whether they are club runners or not. In reality, this limit is reached in a matter of days.
After that limit has been reached, they will only accept the following entries until Thursday, the 16th of December....
a) Members of AAI registered athletic clubs.......for example....Eagle AC, St.Finbarr's AC, Leevale AC, etc. It does not include BHAA teams, clubs from other sports or informal running groups.
b) Anyone who ran in all 4 of the Ballycotton 5 Mile Summer Series races in 2010. These were Ballyandreen, Shanagarry, Churchtown South & Ballycotton.
After the 16th of December, they will only accept genuine overseas entries. The closing date for these is Monday, the 10th of January 2011.
After that, they will only accept elite athletes.
By the way, there is no special category for anyone returning their 2010 timing chip if they didn't run. Those chips were disposable and they don't want them back.
So what does all that mean.........
If you are a club runner, then you have a 2 week window for your entry. You just need to get it off in time so there should be no real problem. If however you are not a club runner and you didn't do the 4 races in the Summer series then you need to get your act together. You have to get that entry form on the Tuesday and you have to post it asap. You will probably have a window of about 72 hours to fill out the form, post it and hope it arrives on time. If you follow the instructions above and don't hang about then you should get in ok.
Entry conditions can also be seen HERE