Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon axed over poor support

Runners get into the spirit of things at the half marathon in 2012. Picture: Gareth Easton

Runners get into the spirit of things at the half marathon in 2012. Picture: Gareth Easton

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PARTICIPANTS have spoken of their disappointment after it emerged that the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon has been cancelled due to “a lack of local support”.

The third Edinburgh event was due to be held on June 29, in a bid to “beat the Scottish weather after participants faced torrential rain and gale force winds” in the 2013 event, which took place in April.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, which has also cancelled an event in Oslo, sees competitors, who are entertained at each mile marker by a different local band, encouraged to dress up as their favourite rock legend for the duration of the 13.1 mile route.

A statement released by the organisers said: “After a careful evaluation, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon. Decisions like this are always tough, especially when you consider how much we’ve invested in Edinburgh over the past two years.

“At the root of this particular business decision is the fact that we were unable to secure the necessary local support needed to continue to operate this event at the level required by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, and expected by our participants.

“We thank our charities and community partners for all the hard work that has been accomplished in the past two years. The UK has a tremendously active endurance community and we remain 100 per cent confident about growing our other international events.”

Runners who have already registered will have the option of transferring to another Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series event or receive a full refund.

The cancellation is likely to come as a surprise to many after the popularity of last year’s event.

Robert Parker, 35, a fraud investigator from Slateford, is one of those who had signed up for the 2014 event.

He said: “I’m very disappointed it’s been cancelled. I ran this last year as my first event and had hoped to beat my time.”

It was also announced last month that the cycling event Sky Ride Edinburgh was being cancelled after two annual events due to “a lack of funding”.

Edinburgh City Council, which was not involved in sponsorship for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, insisted no agreement was ever reached to part-fund the Sky Ride event on a yearly basis and that it was only ever to take place in 2012, with last year’s event only going ahead when the organisers footed the entire bill.