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A mate of mine who was running has contacted the race organiser (Anne) and he tells me that they're not doing a re-run. The next Glos marathon will be next year.
He didn't ask about refunds, but I've e-mailed asking about them - I've paid for two entries, which is a fair chunk to pay to not run. I can't see any terms and conditions though regarding the status of refunds and cancelled races.
I think I'll book the Cotswold Marathon in April (ran by the same organisers) instead.
I've just read the T&Cs on the application form and it does say there's no refunds in the unlikely circumstances the race is cancelled, so that's fair enough, but I think a 'free entry' into next years marathon would be a fair one.
Is it an absolutely stupid and irresponsible question to ask if any renegades are going to run it anyway, bearing in mind that no more snow is forecast and the race was not planned for another 36 hours away yet by which Gloucester Council intends to have gritted minor roads etc.? I guess after three months of training runs it seems difficult to just let go of it!
Of course it's not a stupid question.
Check out my photos, and consider that GCC have already salted the minor roads (and there's a lot of them). From what I've seen, they have declared a "full snow" condition, and farmers were involved. This is unusual. If the sh 1 t really hits the fan the farmers are too busy feeding their sheep to bother with the roads.
I have this feeling that some renegades might just turn up at (see below) area at 10:30 and decide to go for a run around the Elmore/Longney loop a few times. Personally, I couldn't be arsed whether it was 12, 16, or 20 miles. It's a loop of almost 7 miles. This gives many options to people who have a flask of soup in their car. I wouldn't bother with the additions that are tagged round the houses to make up distance, what's the point? Have fun. I might just be there, and there are bail out options.
Meet at the Pilot Inn. 1030. Easy cop outs.
That's good news; I hope they re-schedule. Things are tight my end and I forked out for two places, so then to have to fork out for another two places in another marathon is a bit of a kick in the nuts, especially after all the training too.
Forecast is for -3 tomorrow morning.
I shall park up at the Pilot Inn, by the canal bridge, probably at about 9:00, and I shall go for a run around the loop, probably twice. I'll be in Pirate yellow/black and head clockwise. I'm not stressing about meeting up times or anything, but if a few want to go for a jog round the loop, please say hi to any runners that you do see.
Hope you had a good one Blisters
Two of us had a chatterful couple of laps, which was really good. As far as I know he's still out there, what with his focus on Ultra training.
Some icy patches, it would have ben the footpaths that would have been the worst.
well i went for about 28/29 miles from my place in Chelt, over towards the Guitings, and Winchcombe instead of the race. Was out for longer than expected, but did take a few piccies of nice scenes, and had to stop to buy snacks. Roads werent too bad in rural areas, in the outskirts of Chelt they were worse.
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