I empathise. I had no joy despite several disgruntled emails - certainly not good customer service! It has forced my wife to give away her place, unoffially, to another female runner - totally in violation of their rules but doable.
My wife has suffered a back injury so I mistakenly assumed that, as I was giving the organisers plenty of notice, it would be easy to transfer her place to me. How naive of me! Firstly, I was quoted something from their rules outlining the 'potential' problem' in running under someone elses name. Having responded by saying I just wanted to have her name swapped to mine on their database, they then said they could not do this because of the numbers of runners who enter but don't run on the day and the administrative issues if all these wanted to transfer places; I can understand this if it was all left to the last couple of weeks but not with two months notice. They then mentioned the potential issues with 'ticket touting' - this is to run13 miles not to see Take That so even if it did go on I doubt much money would be made!
This event is not cheap; at £29 it is poor value for money compared to other event such as the London Marathon and Beachyhead Marathon where I believe you can transfer places officially.
This obstinate and uncooperative attitude is upsetting and goes totally against the spirit of good sportsmanship and the friendly atmosphere of entering organised events. I will not be entering the Brighton half again, sticking instead to lower key events such as the brilliant Badger Half Marathon and the superb Hastings Half - which are by far superior races in every way.
Now I have that off my chest, it's down to the amazing and FREE Bromley Parkrun
Waccyracer. I have been running regularly for some years but due to injury I only managed to get up to 14.5 miles as my long run before running the Beachyhead Marathon. No denying, it was very tough and painful over the last 10 miles but I managed to keep going; apart from usual soreness, I had no serious issues afterwards. It was not ideal but I decided to go ahead with it as I had a very good base level of fitness having run regularly and fairly consistently up to that time. So as long as your base fitness is good, you are not after a particularly fast time, you are fit and healthy, and you have the motivation, then I would say 'DO IT'.
Good luck with whatever you decide.
I've become so used to running in trail shoes at the moment, having completed the Beachy Head last month. Can anyone tell me if the terrain is forgiving enough to wear trail shoes for 26 miles?