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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Entries for the 2008 Ballycotton 10 mile road race - (Updated Mon 3rd Dec - 6pm)

This is the final post on the Ballycotton 10 entries. The forms are out next Monday, the 3rd of December so I am putting all the relevant info into one post here.

Quick recap on Entry Conditions

a) The first 2,500 forms that they recieve by post will have automatic entry.

b) Anyone who is a member of a running club (must be AAI registered) OR anyone who did one of the Ballycotton Summer series 5 mile road races (Ballyandreen/Shanagarry/Churchtown South/Ballycotton) have until the 18th of December to enter.

c) Overseas entrants have until the 8th of January to enter.

So basically, if you are not a club runner, you didn't do any of the 2007 Summer series races and you're not an overseas entrant, then you really need to enter ASAP.

Sequence of Events

1) Some people will have sent off a SAE for an entry form during November. These should be posted before the weekend and they should arrive to everyone by post on Monday morning (3rd Dec), at worst Tuesday morning (4th Dec). Anyone who took this option should post the entry form back the same day.

2) The entry forms will be distributed to John Buckley Sports (Cork) and Ger Wyley Sports (Dungarvan) and local shops (Ballycotton/Shanagarry) on the afternoon of Monday, the 4th of December.

3) An entry form will be put up on the Ballycotton website on the evening of the same day, Monday the 4th of December. I'll put a link up here on this blog to the entry form as well that evening/night.

4) If you qualify under the entry conditions b) and c) above, then you can take your time and just make sure you get your entry back before the dates shown. If however, you do not meet any of these entry conditions, you must make sure that your entry is one of the first 2,500 accepted. You really should post your entry as soon as possible. Don't wait for the weekend or the following week!! If you post it on the Tuesday or Wednesday, you should get in ok. Wait any longer....then, who knows!

Tips on Entering

(This is based on advice recieved from John Walshe of Ballycotton Running Promotions)

Once you get the entry form, take your time and follow the following instructions...

(1) Read the form - especially where to post to, the actual fee, who to make the cheques out to,
(2) Remember your year of birth (surprising the number of people who put down 2007!).
(3) No need for SAE with entry.
(4) To detach the section on the right-hand side, no need to send back the whole form.
(5) Not to staple cheque to form!

John makes the following point..."The last two points may seem trivial but when you are going through 3,000 forms it can be time consuming. Also, it might be no harm to inform the new people to running that we are entirely a voluntary organisation and don't have a full-time staff to deal with matters! "

Just two final points...
1) The Ballycotton 10 will take place on Sunday, the 9th of March 2008.
2) It is the 3rd race of the 4 in the Munster 10 mile Spring Classic series. So, if you want to complete the series, you have to enter Ballycotton now.

So, thats it. Get ready for Monday and good luck!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi john, Appreciate the updates on the ballycotton 10 entry procedure they were very helpful as it will be my first one.Would also like to say that the east cork 3k series is really an enjoyable event something to look forward too during the week in the winter great credit due to the organizers and stewards for the time and effort they put in,i know that all the runners appreciate their efforts and commitment to provide this type of event during the winter months.

John Dunphy.