Events update as at 20/07/20
We wish to update you our lovely customers on the latest news about our autumn/winter scheduled 10Ks.
The UK Government have issued some guidance for the phased return of events and we await more information from our governing body and insurers England Athletics (EA).
As lockdown continues to be lifted we are monitoring Government advice on how to manage a decision on our scheduled autumn and winter 10K events and any prospect that they may be able to go ahead.
We are proud of our excellent safety record, from day one we have invested in road closed high quality 10K experiences. We will not compromise your safety for commercial gain and our events will only go ahead when it is considered safe to do so and with adapted arrangements through a robust COVID-19 risk assessment.
We may have to restrict participant numbers with phased start times and would adapt start/finish areas but our commitment would be to your safety whilst still providing an enjoyable experience and a genuine 10K event.
We paused advertising our events in April as we felt it was not appropriate to promote more entries into runs that remained at risk of postponement. We are committed to offering you several alternative 10K events if we have to postpone or move any of our autumn/winter 10K runs.
We currently consider the remaining three 2020 10Ks as a possibility. This could mean some or all of the 10K events as we are currently reviewing each venue and route for suitability purposes, whilst awaiting further clarity from EA. With the participant numbers involved we are still optimistic of finding a way to safely proceed if we are able to.
Unlike big city marathons that are being cancelled, we do not generally have participants travelling long distances to run and the period required to train and prepare is much shorter than a marathon. We hope that by keeping the dates in the diary as long as possible may also give you more motivation to keep running.
Due to the nature of our events we can confidently take steps to socially distance with example as follows;
- By having phased starts utilising the chip timed overall results.
- Increasing start and finish area capacity with social distancing measures.
- Removing all indoor HQ facilities and posting out all race numbers in advance.
- Managed toilet facilities with hand sanitiser stations.
- Encouraging travelling by car or cycling to avoid public transport, the start times of our races on Sundays mean public transport is challenging to find anyway.
- Limiting participant numbers were required.
- Self service finish area collection of medals etc.
You are still very welcome to enter any of these events, safe in the knowledge that we will offer multiple alternative 10K options in the event of postponement. We are likely to have lower participant number limits.
Also, as part of our re-start plan there will be a deferral plan in place for our 2020 races should you not feel comfortable to race in 2020. We understand that our community want to feel safe and comfortable, and you might not be ready just yet.
Any decision that we take, we will send an email to all registered participants to notify them of the changes. So please keep an eye on your emails (and junk folder).
We all miss the buzz of race day, at Run North West we know that they will be back and that your safety is the first priority.
We really look forward to welcoming you again soon.
22/07/20 – England Athletics are due to announce guidance in the next few weeks. Once we know what this is, we in turn will need a few weeks to process this and ensure we can comply with the regulations and requirements. We will try our best to update you as quickly as we can, but we do not want to rush anything where safety is concerned.