Run North West forthcoming events update 13th March – COVID19 -Pandemic.Following the latest UK government updates we would like to inform you of our current stance.
At Run North West we are continuing to plan our forthcoming 10K events in April, May and June with a number of safety driven changes. This is subject to further change as we monitor developments closely.
We are working through added measures that will be put into place before race day and on the day itself unless the World Health Organisation, the UK Government or other UK public bodies instruct otherwise. It is difficult to predict currently if events of our size, under 2000 runners, will be permitted to proceed with so many unknowns currently. Certainly the small to medium size of our 10K events means we can take a number of steps to drastically improve social distancing.
Our aim is to continue with each of our events as planned, as long as it is safe for our runners, volunteers and helpers – safety is always paramount to us.
To give some reassurance here are some of the actions we are planning;
We have already cancelled our race day number collection system and all none essential event village activity, numbers will be posted out in advance and we will not offer any on the day entries or transfers. The race villages will be scaled back to essentials.
We have arranged for our start areas to be dramatically bigger and without barriers, meaning runners will not be crowded in before the run. We will be taking a staggered start approach asking runners not to all congregate as normal but spread out down a huge start road, chip timing means you will receive the correct finish times and we will move prizes to chip times for these events to avoid any rush at the start. Vet prizes will be posted out and we will not have our usual prize giving ceremony.
The finish area will be self service for medals and water as we minimise contact for our runners and volunteers. The drinks station will also be self service meaning you may have to slow down slightly if you require water. If you normally take a bottle at the drinks station then we would strongly recommend carrying your own bottle. Eco action is suspended as open cups are more risky so recyclable bottles will be used.
We may ask older runners not to attend and we will certainly be instructing anyone feeling unwell to not attend.
We are looking at contingency plans in the event that we are instructed or feel it is necessary to postpone/cancel events as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. If that is the case, we will communicate (by email) to our race participants our new plans as quickly as we can. News on rescheduling might take time as we have to seek approvals from the various councils and licensing authorities. We are already working on securing alternative dates should they be needed. We ask for you to please bear with us if that is the case. We will always offer you an alternative event of the same distance with postponements to the Autumn the most likely outcomes if we do have to cancel.
We are reviewing our position on a daily basis and endeavour to update you as soon as any major changes need to be made.
We hope you can appreciate this is an unprecedented time and we will take a measured approach as the situation develops. Stay safe runners.
Our retail store remains open for business in Wilmslow offering all race participants a 15% discount, we would also remind you that you can use the code from your entry confirmation to gain 15% on our website should you prefer to shop remotely.