I come from a family that never exercised/did sport and my wife is the same. I played badminton once a week when I was 17/18 but only because it involved going to the pub afterwards. For the next 15 years I did nothing and then started badminton again, then mountain biking a couple of a times a week, then started running a couple of years ago. My kids then started coming to parkrun with me and from this joined an athletics club. My wife then did a 'learn to run' course of some sort, then started doing parkrun with the rest of us and is now training as a coach at our athletics club. My daughter has just spent Sat and Sun at two athletic meets. Whilst I doubt either of the kids will ever be at the pointy end I'm just pleased that they are active all the time, swimming, training a couple of times a week, parkrun, athletics competitions, hiking, camping etc etc. when I look back at the lack of any exercise that both my wife and I grew up with I think we're very lucky.
Thanks for the advice all. I have cancelled the booking and rebooked with someone else that included all insurance with no excess on any of the policies. I tried twice to get FOX to tell me what insurance was mandatory and what level of cover was needed in California but the second guy was such an incompetent arse that I just gave up.
We are going to LA for a couple of weeks and have booked car hire. I tried to get some guidance from them regarding what insurance is necessary/essential but was just referred back to their insurance policies section which is what confused me in the first place. Has anyone any experience of car hire in the US or knowledge of whats needed ? I'm thinking of just the Rental Liability Protection but dont want to get caught out, at the same time it could double the cost of the car hire. Short version of the insurance options -
Optional Insurance is not required to rent a vehicle. Details available at rental counter.
Loss Damage Waiver (LDW), which for an additional daily charge relieves the renter of all finacial responsibility for the loss or damage to the rental car, as long as the vehicle is used in accordance with the terms of the Rental Agreement. Cost - USD/9.00 to USD/23.00 per rental day
Rental Liability Protection (RLP) Primary insurance protecting you against claims made by third party for bodily injury and/or property damage sustained while operating the rental vehicle, up to the required financial responsibility limits of the state in which the vehicle is rented. RLP does not cover all situations that may arise while operating a rental vehicle. Cost - USD/12.99 per rental day.
Supplemental Liability Protection (SLP) - Provides coverage for 3rd party automobile claims for the difference between the primary liability limits provided under the renters own personal for bodily injury and/or property damage but does not cover all situations that may arise while operating a rental vehicle. Cost - USD/11.99 to USD/12.99 per rental day d
Personal Accident/Personal Effects Protection (PAC) - Personal Accident Coverage provides accidental death and accidental medical expense benefit to the renter and their passenger (s). The death and medical expense benefit will both pay in addition to any other coverage that might be applicable to the renter or passengers. Cost - USD/4.99 per rental day.
Roadside Assistance Program (RSA) - If you purchase our Roadside Service Assistance (RSA) we will waive all, or a portion of, the cost of a roadside assistance service call up to the amount of USD/400.00 per incident. You may purchase RSA at USD/2.99 per rental day. Benefits include emergency road service towing (within 25 miles of occurrence), winching, jump start, flat tire change, lockout service
Ah OK, didnt follow the link, just went on the Fetch website and used the calculator I found on there. I've only done the one HM so theres no point in using the time from that. I guess I'll just work on my 5K time for a bit and get a bit closer to my previous PB and then have a crack at 10K and see if I can get that close to the predicted McMillan time and from there on to HM. I've got a year so should have time.