As I am sure you are all now aware, our entries to the Wrexham gala were not accepted before the organiser had to close the gala due to being oversubscribed. Galas are governed by strict guidelines re no. of swimmers/events and though the organiser is hugely apologetic they have had no choice in the matter. It was strictly on a first come first served basis which is why Chorley had an early closing date. Unfortunately, although sufficient previously, it was not the case this year, as the gala closed 3 weeks before the published closing date, which is unheard of. I presume clubs who fell foul of this last year have all submitted their entries even earlier. For this I can only apologise, I am hugely disappointed as I am sure you all are, especially ones who have pre-booked hotels. Your entry fees are not lost. The cheques will be securely destroyed. If anyone prefers to have theirs returned pls e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. by Sunday 25th March.
You may wish to reconsider your entries for Blackpool Rocks for those who intended to split races between the two galas. Other gala options are currently being considered by the committee.
My sincerest apologies again.
Ashley Dandy (Competition Secretary)