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Have a peek at http://www.expressandstar.com/artman/publish/article_10549.shtml if you ran on Sunday ! It says : Marathon bosses in rethink over medals By Helen Smith Sep 3, 2002, 12:05pm Organisers of the Wolverhampton City Marathon have offered to give medals to any runners wanting them following complaints that none were presented on the day. The organising committee this year took the decision not to hand out medals to all participants, opting instead to donate as much money as possible to charity. But despite warning all runners on their entry forms that this was the case, many were still disappointed to cross the finishing line on Sunday after a gruelling 26 miles, and find only a t-shirt for their efforts. Debbie Dance, chair of the organising committee, said medals would be produced for anyone requesting them. "As this is an event to raise money for charity, the committee made a decision not to supply medals as participants would still receive t-shirts," she said. "In hindsight, we were probably misguided as we failed to consider that the majority of entrants would be first time runners or fun runners and that they would be proud to receive a medal. "As a result we have decided to amend our decision and, for those who want one, provide medals for people who participated in either full or half marathon, corporate relay or cycle ride." She added that the estimated cost of this would be up to £1,500. Malcolm Jeffrey, a veteran runner who took part in his 64th marathon on Sunday, was one of those dismayed to cross the line to find no medal, and applauded the u-turn. The 42-year-old from Stourbridge said though the medal is not the reason why people run marathons, it is a fitting memento for people to keep. "How on Earth they overlooked that small detail in the first place is anyone's guess," he added. Anyone wanting to receive a medal should write to Rachel Hobbs at Carver (Wolverhampton) Ltd, Littles Lane, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1JY, stating their full name, address and which event they participated in. Get writing ! - Malcolm
Posted: 03/09/2002 at 15:01