The two key reasons as to why we’ve chosen to use a ballot system for this year’s race entries:
- Charitable Impact: The ballot will result in a longer period of time for our charity partners to recruit runners and for charity runners to fundraise for causes that move them. Increasing the amount of funds that are raised for charity, particularly local organisations, is a key priority for Virgin Sport.
- Limited Course Capacity / Experience: Due to space and course constraints in central Oxford, we’ve made the decision not to grow the event and risk crowding which would negatively impact the runner experience. Going forward the ballot will give everyone a fair chance to enter the event.