Athlete gets chance to run

By Alison King


The woman who fought for a refund from a failed half marathon has been given a free entry into the Copthorne Hotel Off-Road Half Marathon, which is organised by a Rotorua events company.

Event Promotions admin manager Charlotte Pearson said she had been talking about the Rotovegas Half Marathon refund debacle, reported in The Daily Post, with her boss Murray Fleming and former Rotorua Marathon directors Pam and Dennis Kenny.

"We all thought since it was going to be their first event and that it had put them off we didn't want that," Miss Pearson said. "It's not good for the rest of us event organisers."

She said the entries could be transferred to the 5km or 10km options if the woman, who did not want to be named, was not able to run the 21km event, which is on March 10. The woman had chosen the Rotovegas Half Marathon as her first 21km run and said she had been put off from entering other events in case the organiser cancelled and took a long time to refund the entry fee.

"If we have to cancel or postpone an event we make sure refunds get done straight away - such as for the Moonride," Miss Pearson said.

The woman said it was "awesome" to receive the entry. Her work had provided her with an entry into the event and she would now ask her partner if he would like to join her.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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