Arran runner ‘insulted’ by marathon prize money

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Well known face of the Arran running scene and previous Scottish marathon champion, Jennifer Wetton (nee Emsley), had a great win in the women’s race at the Great Stirling Run marathon spoiled after receiving just £200 in prize money.

Jennifer, who was brought up on Arran but who now lives in Stirling, said that she understood that £1,000 was the going rate for a marathon prize in Scotland, as it had been that amount the previous year, but admitted that she had seen on the Great Run website that the amount for this year was ‘yet to be confirmed’.

Jennifer told BBC Scotland’s John Beattie programme, that she was not a professional athlete but she takes her running seriously and fits training around working full time and looking after her young son.

Jennifer said she believed a reasonable cash prize should go some way to reflect the time and effort needed to produce an under-three-hour marathon performance. She ran the race in 2hrs 56min 6sec.

She said: ‘While £200 is a reasonable prize if you’re running a 10k race, it’s lower than a lot of half-marathons. But for a marathon it was a little bit insulting to be honest.’

A Great Run Company spokeswoman said the Stirling prize money was brought in line with its other non-televised events this year.

 

Jennifer pictured running the London Marathon in 2014. No_B19jennifer01