What happens to ballot places if they don't get taken up - ie the payment period expires? Are they wasted or do they end up being given to sponsors for promotions to win places? It is a shame that you can't transfer them to someone who really wants a place but I guess the VLM is concerned about places being traded on ebay for lots of £££ (even though they charge charities lots of £££).
I was thinking maybe they went into the bequeath ballot but I realise they don't as a friend of mine got a place in the extra ballot when she bequeathed her entry fee and she found out the same day I found out I'd been rejected, not several weeks later.
This is the NT statement in reply to concerned comments from parkrun and NT members: We understand that runners such as yourself enjoyed the beautiful spaces of Castle Coole and that some will be disappointed about this news. This mutually agreed decision was taken after the popularity of the run saw an increased conservation impact on the property. The Enniskillen Parkrun has grown significantly with more than 120 runners enjoying the weekly event. The event will continue at Castle Coole until the end of August when it will then move to The Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen. This decision does not affect any other parkrun at our places, we host 25 parkruns and three junior parkruns, with even more being planned for the future and we have no plans to ask either parkrun or parkrun participants to pay to use our sites, except where car parking charges apply. For more information, please do take a look at this webpage, we hope this helps with your questions. http://nattru.st/4y8rr
I dislike cyclists on the pavement when they come flying along and expect you to get out of their way. And in fact a few years ago I was told to get out of the way by a mother and her small son. When I refused she said I was being a [insert insult of choice] because her son was only 4 and couldn't go on the road. Fine, but get off and walk past a pedestrian, don't expect me to walk in the busy road. I can't see the issue with cycling on a footpath if it's empty and the road isn't. Why hold up cars if you don't actually need to.
I don't think cyclists generally get a bad name for riding on the pavement. That's reserved for those who insist on riding through red lights in London. And cycling up the inside of lorries turning left despite the fact that if it goes wrong the person on the bike is going to come off a lot worse then the lorry driver.