Disappointed Belfast runners offered discount to join Dublin race
RUNNERS left disappointed by the handling of the Belfast Titanic half marathon at the weekend have been offered a 50 per cent discount for next month's Dublin half marathon.
Organisers of the RocknRoll marathon series yesterday announced the concession for those who can produce proof of their registration for Sunday's race in Belfast.
One runner left disappointed by Sunday's race, Andrew Larmour, said he will be taking them up on the offer which will see Titanic runners pay just £17.40 to participate in it.
"What a generous offer. I would be delighted to do this," he said.
The Dublin race takes place on Sunday August 2 and director Rob Griffiths said they felt for all those who had trained for the race.
"As runners ourselves we understand the level of investment that runners make to prepare for a race and can imagine the disappointment when race day is not the experience that was anticipated.
"When news of the Belfast race came out over the weekend, we wanted to do something to support our fellow runners. We hope that Titanic participants will continue their race journey and join us in Dublin to put their hard training to work."
Many participants on Sunday's race took to social media to voice their frustration at the organisation of the race, expressng anger over a delayed start time, poor route marking and roads being open to traffic.
There were also complaints about insufficient water supplies and toilet facilities, marshalling and first aid - and even that the race fell short of the half-marathon distance.
It is the second time this year that a race held in the Titanic area by Endurance Junkie has come in for criticism for poor organisation.
Organiser William Anderson said that, while "there were challenges", he rejected any suggestion that people were put at risk and also criticised the conduct of some runners.
He said his team "don't see any need for a refund"
Both Athletics NI, which has vowed to investigate the complaints, and Mr Anderson said they would be prepared to discuss the possibility of staging future races.
The half marathon will begin in Dublin's Docklands area and will finish at Phoenix Park, where a festival and concert are due to be held.
In addition to the half marathon in the morning, participants can run a 3k race in the afternoon.
* Participants who wish to redeem their discount must email proof of entry to the Belfast race to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday July 24th and then register online with a special code by Sunday July 26th.