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It's good all these places are being sensible. It'll be remembered after this is over, except weatherspoons, I didn't like the place anyway!
I looked over the weekend and my hotel for Berlin is fully cancellable until 11th September, so if things remain unchanged in 4 or 5 months i'll not be out of pocket for that.
OK, well that is people just being silly. I drove to work today, lots of lorries about but not so many cars. I am going to cycle in going forward, save petrol and get my exercise in each day. I have to attend the office on a Tuesday and a Friday after this week.
What was the decision making point, Portlanders?
I am beginning to now accept that 50000 running the streets of London and another 750k watching is unlikely to be a feasible situation in 6 months time, even if a lot of other restrictions have lifted I can't see anyone accepting that such a gathering would be sensible. The sooner the money men of elite football get their heads out of their troughs they may also agree that finishing this season and then starting next season isn't feasible. It's one or the other.
Portlanders, sounds very sensible.
It makes no difference to me as i'll qualify next year with my gfa so no benefit in deferring as i'll still have to pay. I'll keep it booked in, as Berlin might cancel but London might not, dependant on what's happening.
I am not sure what the last date is you can apply for a refund on the 2020 entry though, but worst case scenario, I do Berlin and then don't fancy London I guess I can defer it as it means I don't have the slight uncertainty for 2021 waiting for the whole gfa process and the doubt as to what the qualifying time might drop to.
I suspect Autumn marathons won't get cancelled because we ae still restricted come October, it'll be because VMLM and the likes will have a responsibility to ensure people have turned up having had the opportunity to prepare. At the same time, by remaining in the calendar they are indirectly encouraging people to get out running for hours which if we are still restricted will get them some very bad press.
To prepare properly people need really 16 weeks. That means we have to have returned to completely normal life by mid June. That seems unlikely to me. Therefore I think the reason Autumn 2020 marathons will be cancelled will not be due to us being restricted come the Autumn, but because we are when people need to train.
I saw Bath half getting hammered on the weekend for encouraging people to run the virtual half. People have got this 1 hour thing in their head as being a legal max, which it isn't, though there is a moral factor to it.
No, as per usual rules, you can defer at any time until the day before and pay next years entry fee again. It's only if you want out and a refund you need to decide by 26th April.
I wouldn't defer, I would wait and see what happens over the summer. If we are still locked down by mid June the marathon being on will encourage people to be out training so I thin they'll make a call much earlier now. If they know people can't really train properly they won't want them trying to run a marathon.
In that event I imagine they might well offer a free deferral to next year.
My understanding (which has come through a few pairs of hands) is that Germany has regional governments and those governments have made rulings for specific regions. This has come to me from someone in Frankfurt who says it doesn't apply to them.
If you read the announcement by the Berlin mara it refers to an order from the Berlin senate a opposed central govt.