For what it's worth I was one of the people limping along with an injury. I ran the first 3 miles and then cramp kicked it and reduced me to walking pace. So I got cold very quick. My main complaint is that none of the marshall stations could help at all, not even point me in the right direction to jack it in and get warm. I was freezing and had no choice but to just jog on. I got to mile 15 (twice round that stupid peninsular as by that time I was disorientated and shivering pretty bad). Eventually I knocked on a random house door as it was getting stupid and the very kind owner gave me a lift back to the car park.
So for me I think that's an inexcusable position to put runners in, and ok perhaps part my fault for not wearing warmer clothes but they have a duty of care to the people who entered and I was anticipating running a decent pace so I hadnt packed a survival bag!
Point 2 - my wifes first marathon. Greeted over the line by... nobody.
Point 3 - my brother finished top 3 and got.... nothing.
I would be ashamed if I was the race organiser but such is life, worse things happen at sea, I'll not race it or recommend it again.
I have been trying to contact the organisers and ask for a finishers certificate. There wasnt one in my bag, all I had was a large running vest which I cant wear as its huge!
I have emailed several times and nothing. I will never run a fat feet event again.
Does anyone know if there was a photographer? I noticed there were a couple of guys taking photos of us all but dont know where I can find the pics (not that I think I will like them, like everyone I was soaked and shivering!)
JLK - I have a spare finishers certificate as they were two in my bag, I would be happy to send it to you if you email me your address, I also have a medium vest if you want that.
Thats amazing thank you! No need to send the vest but the certificate would be great
Tim R--- exactly, hes running a BUSINESS so should respond to enquiries, still no response to my four e-mails.
He isnt responding to complaints, and until such time as he does, i will keep this thread going until everyone on this forum gets to read how bad fatfeet events are.
He cant be bothered answering ONE complaint either on here or facebook, no responses at all, hes only interested in the next race now where he gets two grand off each entrant, oh yeh he'll answer the people entering THAT race
I did this event in 2010 as my third marathon and enjoyed it at the time - mostly for the scenery - though was a bit disappointed by the generic 'fat feet finisher' medal and rather deserted finish line.
The complaints here don't come across as unfounded whining to me. Lack of marshals out on the course, or even just a sweeper runner at the back, is totally unacceptable. For what was provided at Rutland, it sounds like an entry fee of about £15 would have been more reasonable. And yes, there ARE comparable events out there being put on for prices like that.
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