What can you do with your place?
You can transfer your place to somone else but you must have the organiser's permission. Firstly it can invalidate insurance cover but also you can't have someone who the race organiser thinks is a FV40 and turns out to be an MV40 and wins the FV40 category. This is an extreme example but you get the picture.
It's fine to pass your place on but the organizers should clear this first.
This raises a question as to the type of event. If it's a small event run by a club and by volunteers I'd go strictly by what the organizers say. But if it's a big mass participation event run by a corporate outfit, and with a price tag to match, I'd be more inclined to think I was a customer rather than a runner and to therefore give or sell my place with less reference to the organizers.
LOL don't worry, I don't know anyone with a cat in hell's chance of winning anything!
The main race in question is the Nottingham Half, so big, expensive mass participation thing. With 8 or 9 weeks to go and an injury, there's no way I'm going to make it! Their website clearly states no refunds or deferred places. Ho hum. I'll email them and see if they'll let me pass on my entry.
Yeh email them and see what they say.
That's the only thing you can do really
Well I think to be fair on them, if it's an injury or something that's quite common among athletes, you can't really expect them to dish everyone's money back
Everyone gets injured. That's a chance you take doing sports.
As a race organiser myself I can predict that about 10% of the entrants don't turn up for one reason or another.
Now we don't mind swapping entries provided we are told about it, and anyone who doesn't is probably taking best advantage of the 10% that don't turn up. After all they won't need goody bags/medals/t-shirts/etc.
To my mind that makes then cynically exploitive
I once dropped out of the Nottingham event. They said I couldn't swap my number and I also had to return the chip or be charged £10 I think for it. That was a lot closer to the event though, and I expect once all the numbers and chips have been sent out it's just more difficult for them to change the details. If you are dropping out now they migh agree to a swap while there is more time to update their systems.
I've also dropped out of a smaller local event. I knew it was full up so I phoned the organiser and they were really grateful to get my number back from me as they had a waiting list of runners wanting to do it. Mind you I still didn't get a refund. But I agree that's the chance I took when I entered.
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