The difficult decision has been reached this
evening that the Mothers 10km race will now become a Virtual run due to the Government announcements today.
These are going to be very testing times for us all and we fully expect further restrictions to be put in place, therefore even if it might be unpopular it is a decision we have felt we need to make now based on the Government advice below.
To complete the Virtual run all you need to do is go out this weekend and run 10km as you would have done with us.
We are also committed to giving a donation as planned to the Lions Community Group who have stood by us for over 10 years as race makers. If you have run with us previously you will have seen the Lions stood in wind, rain and sun supporting runners.
The UK Government advice has now moved to request we should avoid gatherings and crowded places. Our race HQ is very small and this causes us great concern in light of today's advice. They further suggested avoiding non-essential travel, although we appreciate this could more directly be aimed at air travel we do have entries from all over the North of England & Scotland.
1. Whilst we believe the risk of runners, helpers or spectators picking up the virus from another person during the race itself is low and minimal, we cannot control events around the race - for example, groups of runners and spectators using local pubs, cafes, and other outlets. Given the Government advice, we have to be respectful of our community and not unnecessarily expose it to a potential or increased risk of bringing the Coronavirus into the local community.
2. Other large scale public events have, since Sunday, moved beyond the UK Government guidance and cancelled their events. For example, the football Premier League. We cannot ignore these moves, and the public opinion that is developing.
3. Finally, our chosen charity the Lions Community Club provides a lot of our course marshals. They are generally older people and therefore we can not put them at risk.
All we ask is you complete your details via the button below and we'll contact everyone on how they pay for their medal.
We, of course, want to try and keep the running spirit going and so we will create a leaderboard. Once you complete your run you can send it directly to the email address above. However, we totally appreciate every route is going to be different but please send through a screengrab of your GPS for accuracy.
Not everyone will want to be on the leaderboard and that is absolutely fine, we get that everyone has a different preference and that is what makes running so uniquely amazing!
Social media interaction is going to be crucial for many so we would love to see your photos on our social media on either facebook or instagram.
There are always prizes! We will have a prize for fastest man & woman on the leaderboard and then a lucky dip picked from social media posts! Winners will be contacted directly.
In an ideal world we would like people signed up by Friday 20th March so they can run on the weekend but we are no longer living in such certain times so we'll keep the virtual option open for as long as possible but the leaderboard will be closed on the 28th March & winners contacted.