emf fiasco

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07/09/2011 at 16:19

After the debacle of the edinburgh marathon where i didnt get a shirt at the end i was promised faithfully by the EMF team i would recieve one in the post.After over 3 months i have finally got my shirt.i am disgusted to find it is not an asics shirt but a cheapo shirt with asics printed on .The printing is of very poor quality and the shirt is the wrong shade of blue.I might sound like im winging but when you pay over 40 pound to enter its a bit much,its like buying chinese copy designer goodswill i run edinburgh again never

07/09/2011 at 16:44

Did you enter the race for the t-shirt?

If so, more fool you.

Next time, choose a marathon you want to run, not one where you expect to get a great t-shirt at the end.

Edited: 07/09/2011 at 16:49
07/09/2011 at 17:31

I dont know why you're complaining, all the emf shirts were rubbish.  Just a blue shirt with event sponsors on the back

(like most races)

You can just walk into a shop and buy any colour/style/design of shirt you want

cougie    pirate
07/09/2011 at 18:24
I LIKE my blue shirt. Er its nothing fancy - but its the memory of the race more than the make of it ?

I think your shirt sounds like mine. Wear it with pride.
07/09/2011 at 19:23

I cannot take a whine about marathon fees seriously now that I do triathlons. You knew the cost when you entered - it's an expensive city - they charge the organisers a ton of money to shut the streets off (or at least they used to - big scandal about it a few years ago).

07/09/2011 at 19:40

Think its safe to say you'll get little in the way of sympathy and I'd tend to agree with all of the above - expensive if all you want is a shirt/you knew the price when you paid/why in Dog's name would you want to run that course anyway (I added that last one in myself).  Add to that the reputation for organisation over the past few years has been very far from good - not sure what you hope to achieve by coming on here and whining about how hard done by you feel.

My suggestion would be to address your complaints directly to the organisers, copying the sponsors in to your letter of complaint, possibly adding punctuation to make it legible.  Nothing is achieved by forum based foot stamping, you need to go to source. 

07/09/2011 at 20:10

Yet another first time poster given a less than warm welcome by the seemingly self appointed RunnersWorld forum hierarchy,don't think we'll be seeing him back anytime soon.

OK,say he may be overreacting a little but part of his £40 went towards paying for the t-shirts so it's not unreasonable to expect one in return for slogging your guts out for 3,4,5 hours,especially after the piss-poor organisation he had to contend with. 

07/09/2011 at 20:18

I think its safe to say, as someone who rarely posts here and who has only been an active member in the past year, that I don't regard myself (or anyone else for that matter) as self appointed hierarchy. 

My point, which you've usefully avoided, was that it was his choice to go for an Edinburgh entry, pay the costs - regardless of the past history - and his choice entirely to 'slog his guts out' over the course.  Yes, he may feel (and be) justified in complaining but what use is that complaint on here?  It would be put to effect by sending it to the organisers and sponsors, otherwise its the equivalent to standing at the club of an evening saying the t shirt was a bit naff.

07/09/2011 at 20:35
Listen,this is hardly the middle east peace process so I ain't gonna get involved in any disagreements with anyone. A fellow runner posts for the first time on a running forum  where people claim to be and are,in the main a friendly,warm and welcoming bunch. The first response can only be described as rude and arrogant,in my humble opinion. Nobody has to agree with me but if whining was banned on the RW forum then it would be extremely quiet around here!.
07/09/2011 at 21:13
Crazy Diamond - I think it's a nice course - the organisation on the other hand......

I have done sooo many Edinburgh races (more fool me) and they never learn. I have done the edinburgh marathon twice and both times I did the whole - constructive feedback to the organisers and yet I hear from my pals that this year was just as bad - especially at the finish.
07/09/2011 at 21:28

Tbf GA I've only runs bits, as part of the hairy haggis but I've driven pretty much most of it.  I'll admit I'm terribly biased as I don't like flat courses and tend to find I suffer on them because all my training is done on hills.  I also think that with the whole of Edinburgh, they could have chosen a better course than 'oot to the power station an back'.  My biggest gripe though (having supported club runners two years in a row) is the lack of organisation and the apparent unwillingness to learn or change  constructively from the past few years critisisms (lets be honest, its been at least the last three years).  When the organisers are touting their race as the alternative to London - and selling it to their sponsors as such, I think they should expect to be put under the appropriate pressure when they cock it up and should act appropriately when that pressure applies.

Which is why I think the OP should address his issues to the organisers and copy in the sponsors. 

08/09/2011 at 09:51
I did the hairy haggis the first (or second) year they ran the event. They had about 8 portaloos at the finish. A couple at each corner of the finish field - this was open to all finishers, all relay people and all spectators. I was doing leg 1 so got back pretty quickly (saw the winners come in) and I watched with horror as the field got busier and busier and the portaloos became a toxic hazard at 500 metres.

That was the first time I send a strongly worded letter - they did increase the numbers of loos but my initial impression is that so long as nobody pegs it or sues - they think it's a success. I do wonder if anyone on the organising committee has run a marathon and realises the importance of things like - no Bl**dy spectators wandering around the start pens (def NO BUGGIES OR DOGS) - a proper finishing area where you can collapse without feeling penned in - avoiding bottlenecks and long queues to get you back to your car.


My pal who did it this year - it was her first - said she was just so disapointed in the finish line - it has put her off doing another one. Which is ridiculous for a race that want to establish itself as one of the UK's best races.

They should go see how Loch Ness do it - now that is well organised although fair enough - there are significantly fewer people doing it.
08/09/2011 at 09:53
chieffy wrote (see)

Listen,this is hardly the middle east peace process so I ain't gonna get involved in any disagreements with anyone.

A fellow runner posts for the first time on a running forum  where people claim to be and are,in the main a friendly,warm and welcoming bunch.

The first response can only be described as rude and arrogant,in my humble opinion. Nobody has to agree with me but if whining was banned on the RW forum then it would be extremely quiet around here!.


Who's claiming to be friendly, warm and welcoming?   I've NEVER said I'm any of those things!

The OP joined a forum and his first post was a complaint - hardly a positive way to introduce yourself?

Perhaps I was rude - but really, what sensible person enters a race for the flipping t-shirt?  As GB has said, there is no point at all in whining about it on here - address your grievance to the organisers (but don't expect them to take any notice - they have a sell-out event).

seren nos yn canu    pirate
08/09/2011 at 10:02

agree that it is always strange when a first poster comes on here to complain......................and then gets suprised if people don't agree......

its not attacking first posters.its just that by posting i assume they are asking for peoples opinions............otherwisw why do they post.............

just because the opinions don't agree then why come to their defence............

It would be more productive if you just put your opinion on the matter than have a go at people who are expressing their own opinion.............

if you check every new discusion thread on here you will find that the poster above will putb their support and encouragenment when they feel it is due.........

so in fact they are just being honest rather than trying to molicoddle or patronise new poster just because they are new

08/09/2011 at 10:10
See, when I clicked on this, I was expecting something about the european monetary fund
08/09/2011 at 12:20
So was I!However, I don't think when entering a marathon anyone thinks about the tshirt but I guess if it's supposed to be good you might be disappointed. I lurk more than post but I have to say sometimes Wilkie you do come across as a little blunt. I'm sure you're a lovely person but perhaps you need to show you're softer side a little once in a while on these forums and have a little bit more patience with some of us who are a little bit less perfect.
08/09/2011 at 12:25

Softer side?  I don't HAVE a softer side

And I am NOT a lovely person - that's a complete and utter lie, and I'll sue you if you repeat it!

Edited: 08/09/2011 at 12:26
08/09/2011 at 12:31

if you need mollycoddling maybe an internet forum isn't the place to be?

Plenty of people willing to help on here. A rant about marathon tshirts is hardly endearing 

Crazy Diamond wrote (see)

Tbf GA I've only runs bits, as part of the hairy haggis but I've driven pretty much most of it.  I'll admit I'm terribly biased as I don't like flat courses and tend to find I suffer on them because all my training is done on hills.  I also think that with the whole of Edinburgh, they could have chosen a better course than 'oot to the power station an back'.


So your slagging off a course you've not even run

The course isn't going to win any scenery awards, nor is London!!! Its a flat pb course, a few non-postcard aread but  the setting is adequate.

I think most big marathons outside london are about £40.
08/09/2011 at 12:34

Unbelievable.

Oh, not that EMF either.

08/09/2011 at 12:36
CE I'm a Nurse and that's what I do !!!!!!! When I'm not poisoning people that is.
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