Future events in new hands
Mablethorpe Marathon Foundation wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year with some extra special news.
“From 2018 onwards we are placing the management of our races with an events promotion company in order to secure the future growth we envisaged” announced Foundation Chair Helen Nicholson. “For a few years now the volunteer management group have been at full stretch to put on the marathon and half marathon. Recently we added a 5k run which took us back to the three race format the original team put on back in 2006 when the event was first conceived. To grow further and ensure Mablethorpe remains a destination runners will flock to it is now the ideal time for a professional organisation to take over”
The Real Event Company, based in Lincolnshire, will take over full responsibility for the races formerly organised by Mablethorpe Marathon Foundation and local people will get used to seeing their Events Director Keith Taylor out and about in the area now that the take-over has been announced.
“Keith is particularly impressed by the commitment of the volunteers on the day and looks forward to introducing The Real Events Company to them” concluded Helen. “We feel we can retire from the scene secure in the knowledge that Keith’s team will build on the decade of success we have had”
Finally a message from the out-going committee – “We have always received enthusiasm, warmth and support from our runners and their enjoyment has been our motivation throughout our tenure. We salute your determination, courage and achievement, and of course we thank you deeply for supporting our events, being our reason to run them in the town. We have been blessed to have met the nicest runners in the world and many will remain lifelong friends – we will miss each and every one of you.”
Status update as of Friday the 1st of September 2017.
As of the 1st September 2017 all entrants who entered the 2017 events electronically have been refunded via our payment processing agent. The refund will be repaid in full to the credit card/bank you used to pay for your entry.
We are told by our payment processing agent that refunds should enter your account within 5-10 working days.
All deferred entrants from 2016 have been refunded manually and cheques were issued and posted out last week.
All entrants of the 2017 event who paid by cheque have been refunded manually and cheques were issued and posted out last week.
Cheques have been posted out to the address you used when you entered the event.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused and ask that you contact us via email@example.com if you have not received your refund by the 14th of September 2017.
Important update as of 22nd August 2017
Important refund update. Status as of 22nd August 2017.
We have begun the process of issuing full refunds to all entrants who entered online for the 2017 events via our payment processing agent. All but a handful of entrants have already been issued with a full refund by the Mablethorpe Marathon Foundation.
Refunds will be credited to the card you used to pay for your entry.
We have been told by our payment process agent to anticipate refunds hitting your accounts within 5-10 working days.
Taking into account weekends and a bank holiday this could be early September – we hope it is considerably quicker than this, but we have absolutely no control over the speed of the refund as it has now left our account and is working its way through the banking system.
We would ask you to check the account you used to pay and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org after the 14th of September if you have not received your refund.
Now that the online entrants have been issued a full refund, we are working to refund those who entered manually & deferrals. We would anticipate a similar timescale for refund and ask you to contact us after the 14th September if your cheque hasn’t arrived at the postal address you used when entering the event.
Finally for this update we want to apologise again for any inconvenience, we want to thank you for the kind words, for your unstinting loyalty to the event and for your ongoing patience with us while we deal with this situation as quickly and smoothly as we can.
The Mablethorpe Marathon events are organised by a small team of volunteers. We are very sorry to announce that, due to ill-health of key personnel and circumstances beyond our control, the events scheduled for 1st October 2017 are to be cancelled. This is not a decision that has been taken lightly by the Committee.
In the 11 years that the Mablethorpe events have been operating, we have prided ourselves on offering quality, safe, well organised races. The Committee is not prepared to run a below par event.
We would like to apologise to all runners and supporters. All runners which have already registered will be reimbursed.
We apologise to everyone connected to the events for the inconvenience caused and we regret deeply the effect this may have on runners, local businesses, the local community and the Mablethorpe Town Centre.
We wish to thank everyone that has supported our events over the past 11 years. We will be back and hope to be able to rely on your continued support in the future.
Helen Nicholson, Chair of the Mablethorpe Marathon Committee stated “ We are devastated that the events scheduled for 2017 will not go ahead. We will miss the runners and supporters. The committee felt that it was better to have no event, rather than run a sub-standard event. We really hope that people will support our difficult decision”.
Please direct any queries to email@example.com
The Mablethorpe Marathon Committee
20th August 2017
Great news – 15% discount at The Lincolnshire Runner for all participants of the Mablethorpe Marathon 2017 events!
Great news. The Lincolnshire Runner shop in Lincoln will be providing a 15% discount on full priced items for any runner presenting a Mablethorpe Marathon running number in the two weeks after the 2017 race. This 15% discount is available to any Mablethorpe Marathon 5k, Half Marathon or Marathon runner. What are you waiting for? Book your place now. Huge thanks to The Lincolnshire Runner for their support.
St Barnabas Hospice our New Charity Partner for the 2017 Event
We are delighted to be working with St Barnabas Hospice Charity for our next event on the 1st of October 2017.
They are a fantastic charity, who have strong links to our local area and we couldn’t be happier to partner with them.
Please take time to visit their website and see the great work that they do or why not sign up and run for them?
The me&dee Charity Partners
The Mablethorpe Marathon Foundation is delighted to be working once again with the Maria Hanson Foundation (me&dee). The Maria Hanson Foundation supports people living with a life-limiting condition, arranging holidays for families facing a short and uncertain future together, and for physically and emotionally injured service men and women. These wonderful holidays are in two caravans plus beach huts in Mablethorpe. The charity was formed to create special moments and memories to ensure that both children and adults share distinctive experiences when time is precious. What a wonderful cause!
The Maria Hanson Foundation has supplied all the rucksacks for runners’ goodie bags this year and will also be holding a stall (with a tombola, and selling sweets amongst other things) on the day. Their collection boxes will be out too for you to dispose of your loose change; all for a great cause.
There are 48 people running for me&dee this year. Amongst them will be local Debbie Prince. Debbie ran the first ever Mablethorpe marathon in 2006 and will be doing her last ever marathon this year; the perfect tribute to both the Mablethorpe Marathon and me&dee’s centenary year. Believe it or not, local Gaz Brown will also be running the second half of Debbie’s marathon with a bin weighing 48lb strapped to his back; just one of the many amazing sights you’ll see on the day!
For more information – www.mariahansonfoundation.org.uk
Info: Gaz isn’t a local, he is from the midlands and in case needed, he is ex decorated military and an Daz’s Den charity champion (the two vans are called me&dee’s den for the families and Daz’s Den for the military)
FREE Car Parking at Queens Park South
Special message for those of you that need to leave early after your run.
By kind permission of East Lindsey District Council those of you wishing to park off site can use Queens Park South car park Free of charge.
This is the nearest car park to our start & finish area and you should allow around 5 minutes to walk it once you have your bearings.
To get to it please follow the signs we provide as the normal signs for “Queens Park Car Park” will take you to Queens Park North car park and this will be subject to the normal Sunday charges.
The entrance you require is off Queens Park Close for which the post code is LN12 2AS. There is no access off The Boulevard.
Gaz Brown to run the Half Marathon with a Wheelie Bin on his back
Gaz Brown who is doing the half marathon with a wheelie bin on his back weighing 48lb for the Me & Dee Charity.
The Friendly One is now a Bigger One!!!
The Mablethorpe Marathon Foundation is celebrating its 10th Anniversary event on Sunday the 2nd October 2016. In that time we are proud of the achievements we have attained.
We are a community run event, entirely organised, managed and marshalled by volunteers.
We are the only full marathon in Lincolnshire approved by UKA.
We were awarded The BARR Gold Standard for outstanding race management.
Numerous Guinness World Records have been broken on our course for both full and half marathon distances.
We are proud of the many runners who completed their 100th marathon with us.
We are proud of each and every one of the numerous PB’s that our runners have achieved.
We celebrate and applaud each and every runner who battle to cross the full and half marathon finish line – every one a winner in our eyes.
We are proud of our terrific team of volunteer marshals who earned our reputation ‘The Friendly One‘, by their unstinting dedication.
We know that marathon and half marathon runners are a rare breed of hero, many of us will never achieve that sense of elation and pride that you feel when you cross the line and collect your medal.
We can’t give people the ability to run further but we can give people a race that everyone can run or walk but above all enjoy!!
We are hugely excited to announce that in celebration of our 10th anniversary year we will now be adding a 5k event over a short part of our course to give less experienced runners a taste of the excitement.
Registrations for the 5k will officially be open on 1st May 2016 and all details will be published on Facebook, Twitter and our website.
We hope this is a way to extend even further our vast family of friends and supporters.
Please share this with your friends, family, running clubs and park run friends.
Come and join us on 2nd October 2016 for The Mablethorpe Marathon, Half Marathon and 10th anniversary 5k – BE PART OF THE FUN AT THE FRIENDLY ONE!!