So… here’s a tip… if you’re training for an event… for six or seven weeks… and you’re really keen to do it… it’s best to enter it, and complete your entry… so that you get your number in the post.
The rocket that I am… *thought* I’d entered the Glasgow women’s 10k… just before the London marathon (to give me something to focus on)… but as the event date got nearer, I didn’t get my number… so I messaged the Great Run folk via Facebook last week.
When I contacted them a week ago, they said if it’s not with you by Thursday 7th, to let them know and they’d tell me what to do. So I waited til Wednesday and it wasn’t with me.
Then they said they checked and it looked like I hadn’t completed my entry. 😪 but if I called before 4pm on Friday they’d take my entry over the phone.
They were right, somehow I hadn’t completed my entry and I wasn’t in. So my last chance was to call up on the last working day before the event and sign up.
I’ve no idea how I didn’t manage to enter, but I probably didn’t click the payment button or the payment didn’t go through. Anyway, I’m not in.
I haven’t mentioned this much, but work has been very busy recently, and yesterday I was in from 830am-630pm… and more or less non stop with a big long to do list. It’s good, but busy.
Anyway… my best intentions were to call and book my place… but it was only as I was leaving (at 630pm) I remembered to call them.
It’s a shame they didn’t check last week when I initially contacted them, but that’s probably just me trying to shift the blame from my stupidity… onto them. But perhaps that chat might work if I say it to them nicely on Sunday morning at 9am in Kelvingrove Park.
So I think that’s what I’ll do. I’ll take a leisurely early morning walk up to Kelvingrove Park on Sunday morning first thing, explain the situation, (blame their systems a bit…) and ask them nicely if they’ll let me run (or even that I can pace if they need a spare pacer).
After all, I’ve helped them out and paced at the event for four years (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016) and paced at the great Scottish Run three times. I’ve also run it myself three or four times (here’s me last year in usual race colours).
We will see.
What do you think my chances are? If I’m really nice and chat them up a bit? A wee bit of Glaswegian / Highland charm?
And I guess, if they don’t let me in, there’s nothing stopping me just going for a run, on my own, through Glasgow’s streets on a sunny Sunday morning. It’s not the end of the world.
I’ll leave you with this, something a colleague said to me yesterday when I was chatting online to him.. and I realised it’s how I tend to play things… be nice, not nasty, and you’re more likely to get what you’re after in life. (I added the ‘be nice’ bit).