Angry runners say they have not received any prize money from the company running the Brighton Marathon.
They include Alix Ramsier, who won this year’s event and has been waiting for his £2,000 win for six months.
The 34-year-old said he didn’t expect to win the race and described the “amazing feeling” as he crossed the finish line in a time of 2:29:07.
But his elation has turned to frustration after months of trying to get answers about his award from organizer Grounded Events.
An email seen by The Argus congratulated Mr Ramsier and confirmed he should be paid £2,000 for winning the marathon.
It said Grounded Events was “unable to provide a timeframe for this payment” and that it would be “dealt with at the earliest opportunity”.
Many other runners said they did not receive the prize money, which is awarded to the fastest runners.
Mr Ramsier, from Croydon, said: “Apart from having my children, I don’t think I felt the way I did when I won. I didn’t expect to win it.
“After the race a woman spoke to me on the intercom and asked what I was going to do with the £2,000 and at that moment I was like, ‘I actually won the money’.”
Mr Ramsier said he thought he would receive the money within a couple of weeks of the April 10 race.
He said: “After a month I asked if there was an update. You start using the money in your head, I thought £2,000 would pay for a family holiday.
“I was starting to find it strange, that was months later, and I sent a slightly angry email saying I was disappointed and could someone get in touch. It was radio silence.
“Last week I sent an email saying it had been 160 days since the marathon. I don’t want to do it, but it felt like I had to say I’m going to take her to small claims court. It felt awful to say it because I felt like I was threatening something I had won as a prize.”
“It’s a mess, whatever they do, it’s a mess.
“I’m sorry, it will potentially ruin the Brighton Marathon for a lot of people and the people of Brighton.
“It’s a shame I didn’t get paid. I run because I love to run, I don’t do it for money. I just hate that they didn’t pay people.
“The memories of the day will always be there, I doubt I’ll ever have a running experience like this again. I’m so thankful to the Brighton Marathon for that feeling.
“If there hadn’t been an award, it wouldn’t have changed my attitude towards that day. It’s spoiled. Pity.”
Mr Ramsier, who runs a lawn care company, said he will not be back in the Brighton Marathon while it is managed by Grounded Events.
Grounded Events’ full financial accounts, released on April 29 this year for the 2021 financial year ending at the end of April, show it was £1.2million in debt.
This compares to debts of £1.6 million in the previous year.
Other runners have expressed their frustration online, complaining that they did not receive prize money.
Grounded Events also managed UK operations for Ragnar Relay in the Forest of Dean, Gloucester which was canceled on 11 February.
It was canceled as the UK event was taken over by another company who decided not to continue their relays outside the US.
Several people claim to be waiting for refunds from the relay they paid to attend.
A man who is in charge of a running team but did not want to be named has been sued in small claims court for just over £830 for the joining fee for his team of 10.
They got their money back on August 30th.
Tim Hutchings, founder of the Brighton Marathon and director of Grounded Events, responded to some of the frustrations on Twitter on Tuesday night.
He said: “The team behind the event is small and very hardworking. Circumstances in the events industry – financially and logistically – for these events of a certain scale are incredibly challenging.
“It is our intention to pay all monies owed and steps are being taken to achieve this.”
Grounded Events has been contacted for comment.
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