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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?