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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!.
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).
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
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!
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'.
Oh, not that EMF either.
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