Posted: 19/05/2015 at 12:55
I'm organising a corporate team for s 5k race this July. After the race got sold out I had a few stragglers ask for places so I set up a waiting list. One particularly keen person wAiting happens to be a woman.
Now as it happens one guy has to drop out due to holidays so his place is up for grabs. 'Job done,' I'm thought. Except that when I offered it to said woman she got sniffy and said she's only interested if I can get three places since she wouldn't feel ok about running on her own without her mates. She knows full well we have a 35 strong mixed team.
It's only a small sample but I do observe that women are more likely to be nervy about getting involved than men. It shouldn't be that way of course but that is what I see. I think women only events are a way of dealing with this problem but I do hope they will at some point become redundant.