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f you were lurking on twitter or Facebook last night, you might have seen a furore kicking off about the Spen 20 race. According to her account, a lady called Netty was pulled off the course by a marshal after a mile and a half, who told her she was too slow (she was, at that very early point, doing around 12 minutes a mile) and that the race “wasn’t for people like her”.
Let’s get the defence out of the way. Any club that puts on a race is Nike Air Max 97 Mujer entirely within their rights to set the rules. If they want cut Nike Air Max Command Womens off times so volunteer marshals aren’t out on the course for a very long time, if they want qualifying standards, if they want to attract a certain type of runner – fine. Absolutely their right. Put that in the rules. Apparently there was an “opportunity” for slower runners to start earlier, unmarshalled, and two other entrants did this. Perhaps Netty should have done this too.
What you shouldn’t do, however, is take people’s money and then decide on a cut-off time (having not put one on the race entry site) once the race has already started. And do so rudely, to boot.
At this point, a simple apology would have defused the incident. The club, I’m told, have a good reputation for being inclusive and have a big youth division. So an “I’m sorry if the marshal seemed a bit rude Nike Internationalist Womens but we were worried about length of time on the course/ Nike Air Max 2017 Mujer perhaps you could have started earlier/ it was health and Nike Free Run 2 Heren safety/ insert reason here” would have been the sensible move. Instead, the club – or at least some of its leading members – went on the offensive. One club member questioned whether it would be a good idea to blacklist her, and make sure she doesn’t do other similar events. Names were called. Nice work in representing your club, chaps.