Entry to popular events, what's your opinion?

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21/10/2013 at 18:45
Life is unfair.... Tough learn to live with it
21/10/2013 at 18:49
I wasn't. Just stating the facts of llife.
21/10/2013 at 18:49

The trick these days is to find when entries open, not when they close.

21/10/2013 at 18:52

Well the only other way is a ballot.

And I doubt there are many people of "running age", for want of a better term, that don't have access to a computer.

21/10/2013 at 19:07

Do you have to enter the ballot by going on the internet?

21/10/2013 at 19:10

I bet those 70 plus year olds are all online though Lit - accessing porn as we speak I expect

21/10/2013 at 19:19
Sorry I really must generalise when KK is around,

You're born, you die, In between you may be quick enough to enter some events
21/10/2013 at 19:24

I don't like ballots - I'd rather first come first served or ideally a qualifying criteria (so long as it gives me a realistic chance of course).   

21/10/2013 at 20:03
Ah.... Rich tosser ? I could only dream
21/10/2013 at 20:07
Only if it gets me into Chirk sprint without having to sit at my PC all night
21/10/2013 at 20:12

Newbie here so not much experience and basically happy to sign up when entries are open - no inclination to run the busier events.

I did try to sign up for York 2 days after it opened and was too late. So, I signed up for Loch Ness instead only to have my friend tell me a month later that she had been offered first refusal on extra tickets (we were going to run together). Races were 3 weeks apart so declined.

First come first served is fine for me. I would dissagree with a qualifying time as I'd never be able to enter anything  

21/10/2013 at 20:24

Do a ballot ........ virtually no one has no access to the internet. So all online, goes into a database. Randomly pick out X number of succesful applicants. Email them automatically. Job done. Easy peasy.


seren nos    pirate
21/10/2013 at 20:36

not sure where money comes into it.     either you can afford to enter the race or you can't.  if you can afford it .you know well in advance when the entry will open and save the money......so you have the same chance as everyone else to enter.....if you can't afford to save the money then you can't afford to enter it and so the question is immaterial.

and as you said this related more to local races....not sure that many local races charge enough so that people cannot save up the money in the weeks before.

so i think your question is whether it should be a question of should it be first on the buzzer.....and as the majority of the country have internet access or know someone with internet access then it makes it a fair playing field......or if no access to races how on earth would they know about the races.......


the Grizzly tried a ballot and it was a mess...some people did multiple entries because they wanted to get in and then had multiple places..others didn't then take up their places as their partners and friends didn't get in and they wanted to do it together...

21/10/2013 at 20:40

Perhaps the Grizzly should have done a 'London marathon' and offered more places than was available on the basis a quarter would drop out.


21/10/2013 at 20:58


kittenkat wrote (see)


just gets rich tossers in the expensive long distance events?


Does that mean anyone rich is a t*sser??

First come first served for me. Some small ones sell out straight away but there is nearly always another local one either weekend of any event. 

21/10/2013 at 21:07

I don't like it, because I feel forced to enter an event, often nearly a year in advance... and a lot can happen in that year.  Leaving it until the last minute is an option, but if it's a popular event, there's no way that's going to work out.

But then again, I don't have to like it, just live with it.

21/10/2013 at 21:23
kittenkat wrote (see)
popsider wrote (see)

I don't like ballots - I'd rather first come first served or ideally a qualifying criteria (so long as it gives me a realistic chance of course).   

I was trying to think of a long convoluted scenario to offer you about shagging the girl I didn't like at a party in my late teens to save my brother from that fate. But it was too long and convoluted. And by the time I would have explained it...

Really though, what's wrong with a ballot or earning a place? Also don't you think that the first come rule (steady) just gets rich tossers in the expensive long distance events?



You've got me wrong on earning a place KK I'd be all for that, adds a bit to the challenge if you have to qualify.  

I don't like ballots though - mainly because I would rather know if I really want to enter something I can stay up til  midnight when entries open and pretty much guarantee getting in - and if there's a group of you you can all do the same - it's why I've ridden the Marmotte sportive and not the Maratona - first one is FCFS entry and the latter is a ballot - though I think both have packages for the rich tossers.   

Magna Carter    pirate
21/10/2013 at 22:14

Just think how ruined the Pirate ship would be with a ballot in place.... no Pirate championshio could be selected with any certainty of being able to join in.

Personally I don't get the problem anyway.... there are VERY few events where entering online is a problem and full in a few mins.... mostly you have a day or two at worst...

...and I doubt that there are many triathletes who aren't online... maybe a very small percentage, but why make life really difficult for the vast majority because of that small number?

21/10/2013 at 22:21

Got to agree that unlike say ticket concerts etc ...... lets face it when it comes to running UK , you really are only talking about the London Marathon in terms of being ridiculously oversubscribed.


seren nos    pirate
22/10/2013 at 02:15

more and more races are being oversubscribed......

a local 10k race in december can only take 750 entries.....the prices has increased to £15 and it still sold out in 3 hours......6 yrs ago i can remember people entering on the day.......

the vit and the outlaw half..both half ironman distances sold out in a day this year.......I also believe the lakeland 50 is selling out just as fast nowadays.....

when races get a good reputation......its fingers on the button if you want a place........but that is fairly equal to all......

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