Our Tri club organises two local sprints, the first late May or early June usually sells out (pre Covid), and the second in August will normally end up 70-80% subscribed.
We held just one event last year, August, and it sold out.
2/3 competing similar local sprint races have met their maker for various reasons.
Thus confidence was high we’d get at least pre Covid entrant levels, if not even more. But numbers are appalling in comparison, to the point of wondering whether the August event is even viable.
We can’t even blame the Russian idiot, as the trend was well established before he embarked on his little adventure. Cost of living may be a factor, but even that was a distant thing rather than ‘here and now’ when entries were already way behind.
I’ve also entered a sprint which is normally a 2/3 day sell out - still showing open. And our inter club TT series the number of competitors is well down.
Anyone else finding this? It just seems as if the bottom’s falling out of these sports at local level.
Is it just small local stuff? Saw Outlaw half still had spaces - that was normally an event sold out in a few days.
So little cash around; COVID must have put people off - committing to races that don’t happen. Might as well hang onto the cash now; then sign up last minute. Rather than sign up, pay out then get a deferral for a year or 2 down the line that doesn’t suit you.
Small sample, but this is what my RD mate is seeing on his ultra events. The two shorter races he puts on (half maras) sold out quite quick, but the longer ones have been slower. This is the last year that he’s still having people running on deferrals. It’s been a nightmare for him in terms of cash flow.
I think lots of people are still managing their deferrals this year. I, for example, will be running Cardiff Half in Oct, that i booked in late 2019!!!
I’m seeing it quite a lot, across all types of events. I think there are 2 factors: 1) overall there are lower numbers, 2) people are holding off and entering later if they can. And when you do hold off then there’s less chance of actually entering (e.g. injury, realising you’ve not trained as planned, etc). Whereas if you have to enter within hours of tickets becoming available, you’re then committed. I guess it’s the Nike model, of making something seem scarce can generate demand.
parkruns seem to have much lower numbers across the board since COVID.
A cycling sportive (White Horse Challenge) is this weekend, and it used to sell out within a week when it opens up in Dec/Jan, this year still places available.
I see the 113 Events triathlons still have quite a lot of tickets across both events, again in the past they have sold out not long after Xmas.
I haven’t paid much attention but was having a quick look. In my local area the Cowman was the big event. When I did it few years back there were 200 people doing the 70.3. For this years event end of July there are 45 entries so far. They have probably not been helped by Outlaw coming into Woburn, despite the fact the entry fee is more than half what Outlaw want
Similar story with my club. We put on 3 races a year, a Duathlon and 2 Tris.
We had to cancel the 2 tris last year due to insufficient numbers.
The Duathlon was full last month but that’s only 90 spaces. Our next race is an open water tri at the end of May and numbers are very light at the moment.
I definitely think people are leaving it later due to previous cancellations (but that’s a vicious circle for the organiser) and numbers are down overall.
A local summer race that used to open entries 1st Jan and sell out in days now doesn’t fill up and is offering extra options to try and attract entries. I think the land owners who organise are trying to pass the event on now too.
Maybe people have just got out of the habit of entering events?
It seems like lots of people got into cycling, open water swimming and running during covid while we were in lockdown and the gyms and pools were shut, but perhaps they got into the sports without linking them to racing?
Yeah, but per my point above, maybe people have got used to the idea that they can go for a run or a bike ride or an open water swim without there being an expensive event to train for at the end of it?