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Saturday, October 20, 2007

Ballycotton Running Promotions announce the entry details for the 2008 Ballycotton 10 -
Ballycotton Running Promotions have just announced the entry details for next years Ballycotton 10. Basically, they have kept the same entry format as the 2007 race.

See below for the official info...

BALLYCOTTON ‘10’ - Sunday March 9th 2008


Once again due to safety and logistical concerns we are left with no option but to limit the numbers that can be allowed participate in next year’s Ballycotton ‘10’.

The following is the procedure (similar to 2007) that has been decided on -

1) People apply for forms during month of November by sending a SAE to: Ballycotton Running Promotions, Ballycotton, Co. Cork.

2) All forms will be posted out on the weekend of Friday November 30th/Sunday December 2nd – ideally to arrive with applicants by Mon/Tue, Dec 3rd/4th.

3) Entry form will be put up on website on
Monday evening December 3rd, also in John Buckley Sports (Cork) and Ger Wyley Sports (Dungarvan) and local shops (Ballycotton/Shanagarry) that same afternoon.

4) The first 2,500 postal entries opened will have automatic entry.

5) All bona fide AAI (Athletics Association of Ireland) registered club runners accepted (by post) up to Tuesday December 18th, along with any runner who has competed in one of the four 2007 Ballycotton Summer Series 5-mile races.

6) All bona fide overseas entrants (by post) accepted up to Tuesday January 8th.

7) As per usual, a small number of elite entries accepted up to near race day.

PLEASE NOTE: When applying for entry forms please enclose a large SAE with the correct postage, stating the number of forms required (we prefer people to enter on the official form, no need to photo-copy). If the correct postage is not on the envelope, we cannot be held responsible for delays in the postal deliveries.

Ballycotton Running Promotions

So, some brief explanations...

a) If you are new to the running scene, you may have not heard of the Ballycotton 10. It is basically one of the largest and most popular races in Cork. It is probably 2nd only to the Cork City Marathon in terms of size and attracts runners from all over Cork, Munster and Ireland. Quite a few runners come over from the UK for this event as well.

b) If you are a member of an AAI registered running club (eg. Eagle AC / St.Finbarrs AC / Midleton AC...etc), then you have a 2 week window to get your entry in (between the 4th and 18th of December).

c) If you did one of the Ballycotton Summer series races in 2007 (i.e. Ballyandreen 5 in May, Shanagarry 5 in June, Churchtown South 5 in July or Ballycotton 5 in August), then you have the same 2 week window.

d) If you are an overseas runner, you have a 5 week window. From Dec 4th until Jan 8th).

e) If you do not qualify under b, c or d above, then you need to make sure that your entry is one of the first 2,500 that they open. What this means is that if you post your entry on Tuesday, the 4th of December, then you will probably get in ok. If you decide 'oh sure, I'll do it next weekend', then your chances are a lot lower. Once the 2,500 quota is reached, they will only accept entries from those who qualify under b, c and d listed above.
To be honest, the fact that you are reading this now in mid-October means that you are already way ahead of the pack so I wouldn't worry too much about it. Just don't forget about it though!!

So that's basically it. All you have to do for the moment is to decide if you are doing the race next March and then decide if you will send off a SAE in November for an entry form or do you wait until it appears on the Ballycotton website on the 3rd of Dec.

I'll put up a reminder here in mid November for anyone going for the SAE option. Just check back here from time to time.

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