I understand the rules and that there is a limit on the number of runners. I am more puzzled at the commercial deciaion not to allow transfers. As it is transfers are not officially allowed - but people will do it anyway on an unofficial basis. If a race is full then if a competitor signs over their number to another runner (coming to whatever financial arrangement they want privately) and they sign the usual race disclaimer then charging say £10 to register then name change maens the runner can run 'legally' and the race organiser is up on the deal. New runner needs to bring cash, disclaimer and origonal number to the office or a desk on the day of the event to take advantage. Charge extra on the morning of the race with a strict cut-off of 30 min before race start and cash only may add to the event takings. If the event is not sold out then needless to say this would not be available. If 100 of the 1400 non-starters did this then the organiser is £1000 up on the event (and costs will be less than this) and 100 runners (and another 100 who will have recouped some of their costs) are happy.
I have enjoyed events organised by BTR in the past and want them to suceed so please don't think I am being critical. This is a suggesion to help runners who want to run and also increase the organisers income.
It is a great pity that this course has gone - for many of us running a marathon was a great acheivement and it is not just the 26.2 miles that count but where they are that got us up off the couch hitting the streets and raising hundreds of pounds for charity.
I managed to complete the 2011 event and felt that the course had everything - most importantly plenty of variety (except Sefft park which was fixed in 2012) as well as the iconic sights and sounds of my home city. It rather looks like the complaints of retailers has not only stopped the 2013 full marathon but probably will prevent anyone from organising any Liverpool-centrerd event in the future.
I will be running in the half-marathon in march and just hope that BTR events can carry on despite this huge knock-back!
19 JANUARY: With great regret, the race is cancelled. The course has been assessed by several experienced race organisers and is not safe to run. The police would not pass the route on their inspection tomorrow so we wanted to give people as much notice as we could. There are long stretches of compacted snow which will not shift in the next 24 hours. We've been working hard with shovels to clear the club area, but the real problem is out on the country lanes which are not clear. We really enjoy putting on the race and putting back into the community, but it's simply not safe for our runners. Please spread the word.
We'll try and get some pictures up later to show you the state of the course.
To everyone that has entered and supported us in this great race — SORRY!
We'll be in touch with more information when we have it. Thanks!
Of course the good lady may not have swapped her number - in the mini marathon my son's number is credited with someone else and he does not appear in the finishers list (chiptiming have corrected their list).
A challenging course for the half but would love to do it in better weather (and proper training). For such foul weather it was a great day - if you do it again (before the next Guild) I will be up for it.