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