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Nearing the end of my Marathon training (less than 2 weeks before the race) for the Edinburgh Marathon I came down with a chest infection . I went to see my GP to see if I would be I would be fit to run he told me (after listening to my chest and examing me) in no uncertain terms that I would be unfit to run. When I told him that I would loose my entry fee he was suprised/ shocked and offered to write me a letter stating I was unfit to run due to a medical reason to help me reclaim my entrance fee or get my entrance defered for a year.
Being an experienced Marathon runner I knew my GP was correct in telling me to withdraw and he was proved correct in that with in 72 hours I was not very well. Before I withdraw from the Edinburgh Marathon I decieded to try to contact the Race Director (Damien O Looney) or a member of the organiser (GSI Events. I tried both Email (through contact the link on the web site)- I am still waiting for a reply, and by phone (the number listed on both the website & the Scottish Athletics website) it came back as number no longer in use. Yesterday I took my now arrived number and doctors letter to the "The Race Hub" when I explained my situation to a member of staff she found contact details for Damien O Looney. I rang Mr O Looney and explained my situation his attitude was: Edinburgh Marathon withdrawl policy is in line with other races and I knew the I would loose my entry fee if I had to withdraw when I entered the race! He then pointed out to me I could get a discounted entry to 2013 marathon (which is open to everyone) if I entered on Monday but no defered entry at a discounted rate!
My questions to everyone is this: Is this the standard withdraw policy for Marathons?