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Concerns raised over £60 marathon registration fee

Abigail Marshall-Katung, who is the chair of the council’s adults and health scrutiny committee, said she was “concerned” about the cost at a council meeting this week.

The race, which is taking place on May 14 this year, will be the first time in 20 years Leeds has hosted a marathon.

Set up in the name of Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow – who was diagnosed with motor-neurone disease (MND) in 2019 – the event will raise money for the MND Association and other good causes.

The organisers, Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All, say the entry fee compares favourably to marathons elsewhere in the country and the money will cover the costs of staging the event.

Labour’s Councillor Marshall-Katung, who is one of several councillors taking part in the race, said she was “really proud” the marathon was being staged, but added: “My concern is the cost of it. We’re talking about tackling poverty and inequality. How can people who are not as privileged as ourselves take part in such a sport?

“We have amateur runners, we have elite runners, we have people thinking ‘Should I? Should I not?’ If you think of the cost of participating – I’m thinking of the barriers – what are we doing to encourage amateur runners to take part in such a beautiful event coming up in our city?”

Run For All was set up in 2007 in memory of the late amateur athlete and fundraiser Jane Tomlinson. The organisation, which puts on races of varying lengths across the UK, said it had “always strived to remove barriers to participation” for individuals and charities.

A Run For All spokesperson said: “The entry fee for the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon is £60 which compares very favourably with other events of similar size and scale such as the Great North Run, the Manchester Marathon and Brighton Marathon as examples. To date we haven’t received any negative feedback from the public as to the cost of entry.

“The demand for entries for the marathon and the half, which is to be staged on the same day, has been phenomenal and we expect both to reach their entry limit very soon.

“We are proud that we have entrants representing all postcodes across the city signed up.”

Run For All said all money received from entry fees would cover the staging of the events, with any surplus being gifted to charity. It added: “The cost of staging a world class event of this nature, over 26.2 miles of closed roads in and around the city is substantial and we want to ensure we are both engaging and supporting the communities in which the run will travel through.

“This event will be far more than just a run. It is a community celebration whether through running, volunteering, providing cheer points or entertainment. Leeds will come together to show their support of Rob and the incredible MND charities.”


Source: yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk

Brighton Marathon registers the largest entries in history

The 12th edition of the Brighton Marathon will be held on April 10 and has pulled the largest participants in its history.

The 2022 Brighton Marathon has closed its entries after a huge surge in numbers saw the event hit a total of 20,000 registrants.

The race organisers are delighted and said it marked ‘a hugely positive outlook for running mass participation events and an encouraging shift in public appetite’ following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A marathon spokesman said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for the mass participation events industry, which has suffered postponements, cancellations and refunds without the support of insurance policies or government funding.

“For the surviving events, the challenge of coming back has not been easy, not least because of the general public’s understandable nervousness towards committing to an event during such uncertain times.

“It is therefore an incredible result for all mass participation running events, that Brighton Marathon 2022 has closed general entries on such a high and positive note.”

The spokesman added that in 2019 there were 10,680 runners and in 2021, despite there being 7,694 participants, almost £4million was raised for charities, as well as giving so many the chances to take part and achieve their incredible goals.

Tom Naylor, event director at Brighton Marathon Weekend, said: “Each year we can forecast our entry numbers with some degree of certainty based on previous years, allowing us to plan our finances. Throughout the pandemic, it has been exceptionally difficult for us and our industry colleagues, with an ever-changing outlook from Government.

“It is amazing to have closed our entries for 2022 with such a positive uptake and I am incredibly excited for our industry, our charities, our city and our participants that the year ahead looks so much brighter and healthier for us all.”

The event is renowned for its remarkable spectator support, stunning scenery and vibrant city atmosphere.

Six marathons that have messed athletes with Short / long courses

The 2017 Venice Marathon was won by Eyob Faniel who wrote history as the first Italian National to win the race in its 22 years history.

Faniel won this race after the race’s frontrunners were led astray from the course by a motorcycle guide.

Favorites Abdulahl Dawud, Gilbert Kipleting Chumba, Kipkemei Mutai and David Kiprono Metto were among the leading group 25km (16 miles) into the race when the motorcycle guiding the runners took a wrong turn. The six leaders covered several hundred metres before being made aware of the error and turning back. They lost about two minutes.

The 25-year-old Faniel finished the race in 2:12.16, beating Mohammed Mussa by nearly two minutes. Tariq Bamaarouf was third, just ahead of Chumba.

Here is a look at some of the others where runners have done an incorrect distance.

2. Brighton Marathon 2021

The race course was 568 metres longer than planned

3. Milwaukee, 2017

In 2017 the Milwauke Marathon was eight-tenths of a mile too short.

4. Manchester, 2013, 2014 and 2015

The supposed marathon was 380m too short for three consecutive years.

5. Belfast 2019

Organisers were forced to apologize after 18,000 runners went the wrong way, Meaning they did not technically finish the race.

6. Sunderland, 2013

Thousands were pointed to an inaccurate route by marshals, leaving them 264 metres of completing the distance.