Lucky me I've run 19 marathons with no dramas, but I'm not ready for the Brighton 26.2 next month - niggle after niggle, strain after pull. Pah. So, I've heard about deferring and it seems wise that organisers encourage the semi-fit to sit it out and not litter the course with corpses.
But I just looked up Brighton's policy and the deal is that if I defer, I get to pay full price for next year and, er, that's it. Now, wait a minute. Doesnt stumping up a vertiginous £60 for this event mean I get organisers who want to look after me just a little here.
Is it me, or is this normal? Sorry but I'm a little naive here and thought as a proportion of runners for any race will no-show, that was taken into account in the price. I get the bit about bagging a place in an over-subscribed event, but dont they care about health risks, and what is morally right?
guys, i've run this one a couple of times and will be coming down for another go. the organisers and stewards are really, friendly, helpful, organised and encouraging to runners. you dont need to worry about being turfed off or anything remotely like that. i did see a chap in 2009 who was given some advice about finishing as he was at the point of exhaustion by about mile 20. unless you are walking or something at half way i cant see any likely problem. i heard some of the locals were having issues with the number of races using the loop so i guess it's important that not only is common sense applied, but that they say this type of thing to reassure the villagers they aren't creating avoidable safety risks. if it's wet and cold, we need to remember the stewards too
does anyone know how much room there is left? Brighton was my comeback after missing three with injuries and nothing broke so i want to go again. not keen on the heat though and i imagine there is no cooling sea in halstead?