New Forest Marathon organisers blame rising costs and fewer runners for ending event

Daily Echo: Hampshire marathon axed over rising costs Hampshire marathon axed over rising costs

ONE of Hampshire's biggest sporting events has been cancelled amid fears it may never take place again.

Organisers of the New Forest Marathon have unexpectedly called off this year's race, blaming rising costs and a lack of entrants.

In a statement released on the event's website, the organisers said the decision made “with much regret.”

The statement said: “Over the past few years fewer runners have been signing up to take part and the loss of entry fees, our main source of income, has been considerable.”

It added: “While entries have declined, expenses have risen sharply to the point where the 2013 event just managed to pay the bills! We made no profit and therefore were unable to make our usual donation to charity.”

They also say rival events have been scheduled in the area around the marathon's traditional September slot.

The volunteer-run event began in 1982 and has raised more than £1.5m for charity over the years.

But the number of runners last year was almost 50 per cent less than the 3,000 people who ran in 2012.

Organisers hope to bring it back in 2015 but said it was more likely to be a half marathon.

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8:58am Fri 28 Feb 14

mickey01 says...

how can it be one of the biggest sporting events if it is closing due to lack of entrants ? i never knew a new forest one existed to be honest
how can it be one of the biggest sporting events if it is closing due to lack of entrants ? i never knew a new forest one existed to be honest mickey01

9:17am Fri 28 Feb 14

KSO16R says...

I suppose 26 and a bit miles is bigger than the great south runs 10 miles : )
I suppose 26 and a bit miles is bigger than the great south runs 10 miles : ) KSO16R

10:59am Fri 28 Feb 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Perhaps they can replace it with a Cycle-o-thon instead.
Perhaps they can replace it with a Cycle-o-thon instead. OSPREYSAINT

11:43am Fri 28 Feb 14

Torchie1 says...

Is there an opening for Southampton to get on to the marathon circuit by offering to host the event? Easy enough to close off a 26 mile route around the city and it would only be for a day. Imagine the financial rewards to be reaped for the benefit of the local population.
Is there an opening for Southampton to get on to the marathon circuit by offering to host the event? Easy enough to close off a 26 mile route around the city and it would only be for a day. Imagine the financial rewards to be reaped for the benefit of the local population. Torchie1

12:15pm Fri 28 Feb 14

westhantsboy says...

Blame the Bournemouth festival of running which started last year only two weeks later in early October. A whole weekend of running events. New forest full and half marathon has been going for over 30 years and that's why a lot of people didn't run last year opting to go to the Bournemouth event. Shame but fact of life costs go up for road closures, etc. I have run it half a dozen times over the years and can say its one of the best run events in south of England . Will miss it.
Blame the Bournemouth festival of running which started last year only two weeks later in early October. A whole weekend of running events. New forest full and half marathon has been going for over 30 years and that's why a lot of people didn't run last year opting to go to the Bournemouth event. Shame but fact of life costs go up for road closures, etc. I have run it half a dozen times over the years and can say its one of the best run events in south of England . Will miss it. westhantsboy

12:18pm Fri 28 Feb 14

westhantsboy says...

Torchie1 wrote:
Is there an opening for Southampton to get on to the marathon circuit by offering to host the event? Easy enough to close off a 26 mile route around the city and it would only be for a day. Imagine the financial rewards to be reaped for the benefit of the local population.
Believe me it is not at all easy to close off a half marathon route at all, let alone a full marathon route. The costs for road closures, insurance, marshalling, Police assistance, first aid support is astronomical.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: Is there an opening for Southampton to get on to the marathon circuit by offering to host the event? Easy enough to close off a 26 mile route around the city and it would only be for a day. Imagine the financial rewards to be reaped for the benefit of the local population.[/p][/quote]Believe me it is not at all easy to close off a half marathon route at all, let alone a full marathon route. The costs for road closures, insurance, marshalling, Police assistance, first aid support is astronomical. westhantsboy

12:49pm Fri 28 Feb 14

saint61 says...

good ! more room for the cyclists.
good ! more room for the cyclists. saint61

8:25pm Fri 28 Feb 14

derek james says...

i strongly suspect the enthusiasm for marathons is receding, so popular in the 80's a generation raised on mcdonald's was never going to be so keen
i strongly suspect the enthusiasm for marathons is receding, so popular in the 80's a generation raised on mcdonald's was never going to be so keen derek james

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