As someone who has run the 10k, 1/2 Marathon and Marathon events of the 3 in 1 Moray Marathon event, I was really saddened to come across the article Moray Marathon’s Last Legacy in the online version of the local paper, The Northern Scot.
Opening the article, expecting to read solely about the positive effect of this excellent event, I was shocked to read that the 2013 event, in which I participated in the 10k, looks set to be the last ever Moray Marathon.
The following is taken from the Moray Marathon web site:
“After 32 years of successful events organised by runners for runners at an affordable price, we regret that the 2013 event was the last to be organised by the current committee.
A three-in-one event like the Moray Marathons takes a lot of organising over the preceding year by a committee of volunteers.
We get a lot of help on the day but without a strong committee it is not possible to ensure a successful event.
We have tried for several years to attract new members to the committee including, recently, a mailshot to all local clubs and an article in the local press. Despite this we have failed to recruit sufficient numbers to keep the committee up to strength. As a result we are forced to end the Moray Marathons.
The committee wishes to thank the Sponsors, The Macallan for their 32 years of great support as well as Moray Council, former committee members and their families, all those who have marshalled & manned watering stations, helped lay out & clear up the course, recorded times & finishers, collated results, handed out medals & prizes, made sandwiches, erected scaffolding, stored, maintained and delivered signs and other paraphernalia. and a host of other jobs.
We would also to thank Gordonstoun School for allowing us to start the half Marathon in their grounds; all those who donated cups and prizes; Sandy Mellis for his P.A services, the T.A. and RAF for the loan of tents, Elgin Library for the use of their premises, Alan Milne Motors, Elgin for the loan of lead cars, providers of first aid cover, amateur radio groups for assistance with communication and many many others who have helped make this a great community event and especially all the runners and their supporters who have come back year after year from all over the world to compete and enjoy.
Finally, thanks go to our secretaries who, down the years, have been the heart of our efforts and without whom the events could not have taken place.”
Anyone who can help save this event is encouraged to contact:
Moray Marathon Committee,
Elgin Community Centre,