Monday, September 12, 2016
Entries to the Charleville Half-Marathon are now closed
Entries to the 2016 Charleville Half-Marathon have now reached the 1100 limit and are now closed!!
This is a big jump up from last year when it reached about 930 entries on the last day of entries. All in all, it's an increase of about 18%!! This comes in a time when numbers for a lot of other races are dropping.
Why the increase? As well as being a well organised event, I was wondering if one factor may well be the surge in numbers for the Dublin Marathon due to it being the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Charleville is ideally placed a few weeks out for people to try and see what shape they're in. The course is nice and fast and it's convenient for people in Cork and Limerick.
So I had a look at the numbers for the Flatline Half-Marathon in Athlone which is on about the same time...
Last year, there were about 100 no-shows in Charleville so the likely number of finishers this year should be around 1000. As you can see from the chart, the half-marathon in Athlone doesn't seem to have gotten any boost and actually dropped this year. Meanwhile, the Charleville half looks to be powering ahead.