A heavily indebted marathon organizer has been selling tickets for next year’s event despite going to administration.
Grounded Events, the organizers of the Brighton Marathon, submitted a notification of hiring of administrators on November 1st, but were still selling tickets for next year’s event until midnight on Monday November 7th.
It comes as last year’s winner announced he was hiring debt collectors to try and get his £2,000 prize.
Alix Ramsier, who won last year’s event, said: “I really hope the marathon stays because I had the most incredible day, but I hope they don’t come anywhere near running events again.
“The marathon used to have massive support from my running clubs, but I don’t know of anyone who has now signed up for the event.
“I hope none of the charities are affected. I think the company should be ashamed of what they did.”
Mr Ramsier, 34, from Croydon, says he is still waiting for the prize money from the company.
He added that he hired a collection agency to secure the money owed to him.
After The Argus reported that runners were still waiting more than six months to be paid after the 2022 marathon, Grounded Events announced its intention to enter administration on November 1st. However, applications for participation in the 2023 event were still possible until November 7th.
Mr Ramsier, who runs a lawn care company, is still owed £2,000 for winning the 2022 marathon. He previously added that he will not run the Brighton Marathon again while it is being organized by Grounded Events.
The letter of intent, filed for Grounded by the law firm of Crowell and Moring, can be used to protect the company from liquidation.
Accounts from the last financial year show that Grounded Events owes around £1.2million to creditors. This compares to last year when around £1.6million was owed.
Now Brighton and Hove councilors have told organizers they will not be allowed to host the event unless they pay their outstanding debt.
In a statement, a spokesman for the council said: “We are committed to hosting a Brighton marathon next year.
“But we have made it clear to Grounded Events that we will not give landlords unconditional consent to use city space unless they meet the criteria we have set out.
“This also includes the settlement of all outstanding debts from previous years.
“We are aware that they have now indicated their intention to appoint administrators as a protective measure.
“We are meeting with her later this week to understand the implications of her request to run the Brighton Marathon next year.”
Grounded Events has been contacted for comment regarding the request to appoint admins.
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