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Greetings, Runners Forumites! I usually post on the fellrunners' site as I do most of my running up and down northern hills. However, I decided to put in an appearance on this virtual tarmac as I've got a problem and would appreciate any advice you can give.

My daughter lives in Marseille and recommended the Marseille-Cassis race on October 26th. She assured me she could get me a place through a friend who works for a corporate sponsor of the event, so I booked my flights and trains. Now guess what...yep, the promise of a place has fallen through, and I'm left with the tickets. (DOHHH...)

Any ideas about how I could get to run?
 

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Welcome to the site. We are not specialist here so join in.

As to entry your best hope has to be to contact the organizers and explain your situation. Good luck!
 

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Welcome - I'll assume tussocks are some kind of landscape feature you see out on the fells :d

As HRun says, try to contact the organizer - also find out who the sponsors are and contact them? Also just in case check the refund terms of the tickets you've bought :(
 

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Thanks for the welcome and all the advice so far. Contacting he organizers is my 'Plan A', though it's a major race and oversubscribed so I don't hold out much hope. I'm guessing that simply running the course an hour early, or running alongside the competitors without a number (and avoiding the finish funnel) would be frowned upon? Could I pretend I was someone's Personal Trainer....?

And yes, tussocks are big clumps of rough grass found on marshy moor tops, very hard to run over, but very easy to fall over, hence the name.

BTW, if anyone wants to check out the fell scene, there's always a welcome on the FRA forum. I'm not empowered to post a link yet, but after some 'w's it has the words 'fellrunner' and 'org' and 'uk'....
We're not entirely a breed apart - I was almost exclusively a road runner myself for over 15 years until about 5 years ago, and quite a number of fellrunners do the odd road race. There's even a road section on the FRA forum, though no substitute for this one, of course!
 

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BTW, if anyone wants to check out the fell scene, there's always a welcome on the FRA forum. I'm not empowered to post a link yet, but after some 'w's it has the words 'fellrunner' and 'org' and 'uk'.... We're not entirely a breed apart - I was almost exclusively a road runner myself for over 15 years until about 5 years ago, and quite a number of fellrunners do the odd road race.
Welcome Tussockface. Have done quite a bit of fell running in the past (English MV70 Fell Champion in 2004). I still run the fells regularly but don't race any more. Have subscribed to 'that other forum' for some years now and seen your name there. Great bunch of lads and lassies. Went for a good training run over Ingleborough with a few of them the other week and had a wonderful time.
Hope you get your French job sorted out. I'm sure the organizers will relent and allow you in if you explain the circumstances to them.
Cheers!
 

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I would've thought a local charity would be a good approach? charities always seem to have places going for events - though of course they'd probably expect you to do some fund raising for them in return!
 

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Best of luck with getting on to the race. Can only suggest what has already been said.

If you can't get on the race, take the flight anyway and have a wee holiday :)

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I can't find any charities linked to the event, but my French future son-in-law has been badgering the race director all day and may have managed to soften his heart...fingers crossed!
The comment "but they are French.." does have some truth in it, as French officialdom can be Byzantine in its machinations. (There are no prizes for guessing the origin of the word 'bureaucracy...'.) I'm not counting my poulets yet.

Runningfox - if I'm right, we both ran Kentmere in that year of 2004. It was my first ever Lakeland event. You finished two minutes ahead of me...
 

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Runningfox - if I'm right, we both ran Kentmere in that year of 2004. It was my first ever Lakeland event. You finished two minutes ahead of me...
Yeah, I finished Kentmere in 2.18.42 running the last couple of miles with a torn calf ligament. Fortunately I'd amassed enough points at Noon Stone and Buckden Pike to take the Championship without having to run the last race at Shelf Moor. I didn't race again for twelve months!
Kentmere is an absolutely wonderful circuit with breathtaking views so I'll bet you were 'hooked' after running that. It was my first Lakeland fell race too, back in 1990, when it was run in April and in the opposite direction. I used it as a qualifier for The Three Peaks the following year.
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Yeah, I finished Kentmere in 2.18.42 running the last couple of miles with a torn calf ligament. !
Bloomin' 'eck, if that's what you did at the age of 72, and with a torn calf, what were you like in your prime?!
You have my utmost respect!

Hope I'm still running over Ingleborough when I'm your age...or indeed, running anywhere.
 
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