Pulling out of a race early.

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13/03/2013 at 22:37
I contacted the organisers of a half marathon I'm due to run in two weeks time to inform them I'm injured. As they have another race later in the year I asked if I could defer my entry until then or transfer it to someone who could run. They said no. I was just wondering if anyone knows if events who allow you to defer entries? Or transfer them if yoy give reasonable notice. Personally I think not allowing transfers could lead to people running whilst injured.
cougie    pirate
13/03/2013 at 22:38
London marathon allows deferrals. The vast majority don't.
Theatres don't refund tickets if you're sick on the day.
13/03/2013 at 22:58
I realise about theater tickets but you can pass them onto people, especially over 2 weeks in advance. I wasn't asking for a refund.
13/03/2013 at 23:00
The catholic method of pulling out early to defer is not that common. Most organisers do not offer refunds, deferrals or even transfers. I could list one or two the allow transfer / deferral but it isn't going to help.
13/03/2013 at 23:09
2 weeks is pretty short notice really.
Details about defering / transfers are usually found somewhere in the race T & C s
cougie    pirate
13/03/2013 at 23:31
Passing numbers on is fraught with difficulties.
If its to be done properly - the organiser needs staff to administer.
If its not done properly - you end up with men winning women's races and all of the Categories being won by the wrong people.

It's just easier and cheaper not to allow it.
13/03/2013 at 23:41

Just the luck of the draw really Uluru, you either only do races that have on the day entry, or you accept that occasionally you'll pay for a race and miss it.

I've missed 2 half marathons I'd entered through illness and injury before. Disappointing, but just one of those things.

Sounds like you're wise to not consider running it.

If you can find someone to sell/pass the place to, the organiser may well let you swap their details over, but clearly that's just at their individual discretion. They don't want 100s of people adding to their already overflowing workload!

14/03/2013 at 10:07

Obviously i'd never say this in public but if whoever you were considering transferring too isn't going to destroy the field and is just going to run the race and is condition to do it then just do it unofficially.

The organisers themselves rule it out on the grounds that everyone has cited above which I understand but IMO someone running in the middle of the field who wasn't able to get a place originally isn't really doing all that harm.

I'd like to make it clear I would never do this myself in any way shape or form, not ever and definitely not at Run to the beat three years ago

14/03/2013 at 10:20

I can think of two half marathons that do allow people to transfer entries - the Brentwood half, and the St Neot's half.

That doesn't make any difference to which races I enter.  I always assume that I AM going to run, and if I don't in the end, tough.

14/03/2013 at 10:23
oirisheyes wrote (see)

Obviously i'd never say this in public but if whoever you were considering transferring too isn't going to destroy the field and is just going to run the race and is condition to do it then just do it unofficially.

The organisers themselves rule it out on the grounds that everyone has cited above which I understand but IMO someone running in the middle of the field who wasn't able to get a place originally isn't really doing all that harm.

I'd like to make it clear I would never do this myself in any way shape or form, not ever and definitely not at Run to the beat three years ago


 

In fairness, it's not just because someone might "destroy" the field and wreck the prizes. It's also due to the fact if you collapsed in the race they wouldn't necessary have a clue who you are, and how to contact any relations etc.

Especially if you're just binning the place off to a stranger online.

HYaving said that I'm sure Reading half's organisers don't care who you bin places off to, as long as you understand they won't change details.

14/03/2013 at 11:54
It's a friend who wants to run. Same age as me, also female, PB 30 seconds more than mine, no medical problems. I think I'll just let her have my entry
14/03/2013 at 12:10

uluru - Its illegal to jaywalk (I think) ..... Ive done it, you've done it ........ will your friend be thrown in jail if she is caught using your entry? I doubt it ....... so I think its time to use common sense in this case

 

14/03/2013 at 12:26
Ha ha I think it is . She now has my number so I'll tell her to keep an eye out fir the boys and girls in blue. .. if they can catch her!
14/03/2013 at 12:41

Uluru, I'd do the same, but as everyone's thinking of reasons not to, I'll add one: organiser's insurance.

XX1
14/03/2013 at 12:55
Personally I think it's a bit piss poor that entries can't be (a) transferred, or (b) returned, refunded, and re-sold if there is a waiting list... If the only argument against it is administration resources. This is the type of thing that could very easily be done via an online web application as I'm sure that DF3 would verify. It's about time that running websites stepped out of the dark ages.
XX1
WiB
14/03/2013 at 12:58
Stevie G . wrote (see)
oirisheyes wrote (see)

Obviously i'd never say this in public but if whoever you were considering transferring too isn't going to destroy the field and is just going to run the race and is condition to do it then just do it unofficially.

The organisers themselves rule it out on the grounds that everyone has cited above which I understand but IMO someone running in the middle of the field who wasn't able to get a place originally isn't really doing all that harm.

I'd like to make it clear I would never do this myself in any way shape or form, not ever and definitely not at Run to the beat three years ago


 

In fairness, it's not just because someone might "destroy" the field and wreck the prizes. It's also due to the fact if you collapsed in the race they wouldn't necessary have a clue who you are, and how to contact any relations etc.

Especially if you're just binning the place off to a stranger online.

HYaving said that I'm sure Reading half's organisers don't care who you bin places off to, as long as you understand they won't change details.

I guess when they attended to you if you were having a problem on course then they would first check the information filled in on the reverse of your number. I bet in a very high number of instances that would be blank! I can't remember filling one in.

If you give your number to someone who fills that in accurately then the information that any medical staff would need should be on it. Enough to get started on you, or at least tell the correct person to start arranging the coffin.

Edited: 14/03/2013 at 13:01
WiB
14/03/2013 at 13:01

I dont fill my in ......... in fact mine said 'do not resuscitate' on the back of the last HM I did, however I didnt put that there, and I was talking to Ric F just before the race ....... hmmmmm........

 

Edited: 14/03/2013 at 13:01
WiB
14/03/2013 at 13:01

In emergency contact I simply put 999. I thought it would be obvious but they never seem to know

WiB
14/03/2013 at 13:08

Jaywalking is illegal?  Don't thinks so.

14/03/2013 at 13:13

I think it is in USA.

Just checked on google, might not be illegal but you can get fined for it.

Edited: 14/03/2013 at 13:16
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