Posted: 25/04/2016 at 12:50
I do have some sympathy for the athlete, we don't know their circumstances. If there had been a fatal accident closing the M1 for several hours, for example, then that's very difficult to overcome. On such rare occasions some events will keep registration open a bit longer for the affected athletes.
That happened when I ran in 2000. We were driving down from Scotland, stopped on the Friday night at Rugby, leaving a shortish drive on the Saturday to get to the Expo and then to our hotel. Coming down the motorway at abot 10am, we joined the back of a queue which we could see went ahead for quite a long way. Fortunately my (now) husband sort of knew the area, and we got the map out, left once we had crept the mile or so to the next exit, and went cross country down some very small roads, and made it to the Expo at about 4pm.
Apparently the motorway didn't reopen until 6:30pm, so we would have missed registration. I don't know whether there were hundreds of runners stuck on the motorway, or if the organisers made any allowances. We were lucky - certainly much luckier than the poor souls in the accident that closed the road anyway.