BRIGHTON Marathon organizers have apologized to frustrated runners who have not been paid their prize money.
The runners are to receive prize money if they finish in the top positions at the event, which took place six months ago.
Organizer Grounded Events has been criticized by several runners, including this year’s winner of the marathon, for its “radio silence” when asked to pay prize money for the marathon, which took place on April 10.
An email seen by The Argus on Wednesday and addressed to the award winners said the organizer wanted to update them on the situation “regarding any outstanding monies that Grounded Events owes you”.
The letter read: “We sincerely apologize for the lack of communication of late and recognize that we could have done more to update you on the difficulties and challenges the company is facing.
“We are very disappointed that we have not yet settled all outstanding payments and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
“We are doing everything we can to continue processing payments while the events industry recovers.”
The letter said the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, coupled with a lack of insurance support, has compounded the impact of Brexit and price hikes across the supplier network, making it an “extraordinarily difficult” situation.
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.
That compares to £1.6m in debt in 2020.
It had debts of £827,943 in 2019 and £725,909 in 2018.
The letter continued: “As part of our journey forward, we are currently evaluating investment opportunities to support our recovery.
“We understand how frustrating this is, but we want to reassure everyone who is owed money that we remain fully committed to making the remaining payments as quickly as possible.
“We thank you and the running community for your continued patience and invaluable support as we get through this difficult time.
“Sincere apologies, Grounded Events.”
Alix Ramsier, 34, won the marathon this year and is yet to receive £2,000 in prize money for his achievement, he said.
He said: “I’m sorry, it will potentially ruin the Brighton Marathon for a lot of people and the people of Brighton.”
Grounded Events also managed UK operations for Ragnar Relay in the Forest of Dean, Gloucester which was canceled on 11th 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 running teams claim to be awaiting refunds for attending the Forest of Dean event they paid for.
A man who is in charge of a running team but asked not to be named described the “painful” experience of getting replies to his emails.
He had to claim just over £830 through the Small Claims Court for the admission fee for his team of ten.
They got their money back on August 30, and the man said he was going to other marathons.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22904212.brighton-marathon-organisers-grounded-events-apologise-runners/?ref=rss The organizers of the Brighton Marathons Grounded Event apologize to the runners