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.”
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”.
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The Mablethorpe Marathon Committee
20th August 2017
Safeguarding & Protection of Vulnerable People
Mablethorpe Marathon Foundation(MMF) has always had an open and inclusive approach toward the organisation of events. However by the nature of the main events and the age limits imposed by adherence to the UKA rule book (now IAAF/UKA Rulebook 2016-2018) there was little scope for the involvement of young people or vulnerable adults.
With the addition of a 5Km road race in 2016 MMF concluded that it was necessary to review this approach as the appeal of the shorter distance and the age limit being lowered to include those down to the age of 11 years old presented a wider range of challenges than had previously existed. Therefore, it has now developed a policy that is designed to allow safe participation & involvement whilst also offering adequate protection to young and/or vulnerable people.
The policy – Main aims
It is not the intention of MMF to place undue burdens on anyone involved with the activities & functions of the event but the policy seeks to make all parties aware of their role in ensuring that young and vulnerable people can play their full part in whatever capacity – competing, spectating, volunteering – without being subject to harm or harmful exploitation.
It is the aim of MMF to provide a safe and protective environment within which the young and/or vulnerable are able to play a full and active part in proceedings which enables them to fulfil their own targets or ambitions in doing so.
The following sections complete this document
(see Terms & Conditions): – Protection & Safeguarding Policy Statement
Use of Photographic & Video Images Policy
Parental Consent Form*** *** This will automatically be triggered by our website when an under 18-year-old fills in an entrance form for the 5Km race.
Existing organised groups of marshals (e.g. Air Cadets) already provide evidence to MMF that parents are aware of their involvement and will not complete this form.
On The Day
If you are due a Race Pack and you have not received it then you will need to ask for a ‘spare’ pack on your arrival at Monks’ Dyke Tennyson College. Please report to the Registrations area in the Main School Hall were you’ll be issued with a new timing chip and number.
Those who registered since Sunday 21 September, you will need to collect your Race Pack from the Registrations area.
If you have a Race Pack (Chip and Number) then you don’t need to register. We’ll know your here when the race starts. Just do whatever you do pre-race and be ready for the Start at 9.30am.
You may download a copy of the 2014 Runner’s Booklet by clicking HERE. It contains all that you need to know.
If you have any queries please contact us.