Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Full list of entries for the 2012 Ballycotton '10' out now...
The list in numerical order is HERE
The list in alphabethical order is HERE
So some of you got in and obviously, some didn't. The last time when I put up the first 2,500 entries, I got some comments like these and to be frank, some are pretty childish...
1) Posted in GPO Tuesday evening and didn't get in. Ridiculous! And very doubtful there were 2500 genuine entries before me.
2) Same here. They didn't close the entries until the Thursday. Mine surely got there on the Wednesday morning. I guess it's their way of getting people to enter the summer series.
3) i posted mine on tueday morning so it's like jobs for the boys if you ask me
4) Dont think they have a clue how to organise a race. posted early post on the tues this year ( hadn't done summer series) and haven't got in. Have no idea what they are doing with the entries but doesn't seem fair to me. having said that only do it because of the talk about it, don't particularly enjoy the race. plenty of better local races about. Wont be trying to do it again or the summer series
5) There is obviously going to be disappointment when like myself people who posted before last post on Tuesday didn't get in. It's Archaic in this day and age that I had to go so far out of my way to get it in before last post on Tuesday anyway!! Has anyone heard of the bloody Internet?? Last time i run or waste my time entering Ballycotton! Dungarvan and Cobh are far better races!!
What has happened this year is that the demand has been so great that even some of those who posted on the Tuesday didn't get in. I did a poll here before a few years ago and I asked people when they got their Ballycotton SAE forms back. The organisers had posted them on the weekend and sure enough, loads of people did not get them on Monday. Some arrived Tuesday, some Wednesday. So whatever day you posted your entry this time, it didn't mean An Post delivered it the next day.
The fact is that Ballycotton Running Promotions are a voluntary organisation. They're not in it to make money. The truth is that the easiest way for them to control the numbers would be to double the entry fee, take in loads of money and it would close in a few weeks without all of the hassle. But that's not what they do. Their aim is to put on one of the oldest 10 mile road races in the country at a modest price and be as fair as possible.
So in reply...
1) Yes, if you did not make the first list then 2,500 people WERE in front of you.
2) And no, they ARE NOT looking for loads of more people for the Summer Series. They can just about handle the numbers as it is.
3) There are NO jobs for the boys as the boys are most likely members of athletic clubs and could avail of the two week window.
4) And yes, they DO know how to organise a race, they've been doing it for 30 odd years.
5) And NOT everyone is sitting in front of a computer all day. The postal system gives everyone the same chance. And if it was such a bad race, why did you bother entering???
The basic fact is that too many people want to take part in this race. In truth, it's probably no better or no worse than a lot of other races. If you are on the list, then enjoy it. If not, there are plenty of other races. There is no point moaning and complaining about it.