28/07/2021

Ballot Entry Details 2021

Ballot Entry Details 2021

Following the continual rise of interest in the Sodbury Slog and the speed with which race entries have sold out over recent years, we have decided – after much deliberation – to move to a ballot entry system. Whenever demand for entries outstrips the capacity of an event there are always winners and losers no matter how you manage it, but we believe that moving to a ballot system is the only fair way to ensure everyone gets an equal chance of being able to run the Sodbury Slog.

The 2021 ballot will open on Monday 2nd August at 08:00 for just ONE week to allow interested runners to register for a place. No payment will be taken at this point. The ballot will close at midnight on Sunday 8th August. No further entries will be taken after this point.

On Monday 9th August we will randomly select and contact 1000 entrants (via email only) who will be invited to complete their registration and pay the entry fee. This invitation will only remain valid until midnight on Sunday 15th August. After this time their invitation will expire and the entrant will lose their right to a place.

If all places are not taken up in the first tranche of selections, any remaining places will then be offered to a further randomly selected list of remaining entrants. This second tranche will then be contacted (via email only) on Monday 16th August and invited to complete their registration and pay the entry fee. This invitation will only remain valid until midnight on Sunday 22nd August. After this time their invitation will expire and the entrant will lose their right to a place.

Any remaining places from the first and second tranches will then form a third randomly selected list from remaining entrants who will also be offered a place. This final tranche will then be contacted (via email only) on Monday 23rd August and invited to complete their registration and pay the entry fee. This invitation will only remain valid until midnight on Sunday 29th August. After this time their invitation will expire and the entrant will lose their right to a place.

As in previous years the race capacity will remain at 1300 runners. Basic maths will tell you that 300 places are therefore allocated outside of this ballot system. These places are allocated to our charity partners, our sponsors, and a number of local clubs. Both our charity partners, Jessie May and Cystic Fibrosis Trust, have a number of guaranteed entries for this year. For details on running for one of these great causes, please check out our charity entry place information.

As in previous years race number transfers will be available online up until four weeks before the event. Runners should only register once for the ballot and any suspected duplicate entries will be removed. Mass abuse of the ballot will result in elimination from the ballot. As per our terms and conditions, no refunds will be given.

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