I entered the Lichfield 10k for this Sunday 10th September. I have made the run before on a number of occasions, and I was looking forward very much to the event this year.
But yesterday afternoon I tore my calf muscle playing football; and I will not be fit to run on Sunday, so I asked the organisers for either a refund, or to defer my entry to next year. They refused point blank. I can understand how refunds may not be possible (many fixed costs already committed) but why not the deferral? This is not the cheapest race at £19 to enter, and I feel that I've been ripped off. And refusal to allow deferring entries is NOT in their terms and conditions.
We are all enthusiasts, a bit mad to punish ourselves this way, and this has encouraged some organisers to take advantage by banning OTD entries.
I will never enter the Lichfield 10k again, nor any other event that does NOT support OTD entries. I hope that you might do the same, and that sites like this introduce a filter which shows ONLY OTD entries for potential runners.