Run 4 Wales can today announce that the Healthspan Porthcawl 10K, scheduled to take place on Sunday 4 July, and the ABP Barry Island 10K, scheduled to take place on Sunday 1 August have been postponed until 2022.
Run 4 Wales Chief Executive, Matt Newman, explains the decision:
“We’ve been working closely with the Welsh Government and the relevant Local Authorities to understand the potential timeline for the safe return of events in Wales, and whilst the vaccine rollout in the UK continues to provide cause for optimism, the situation in Wales remains uncertain, with the Welsh Government only looking to make incremental changes to event capacities in the next 21-day review. At present there are also no plans to relax the 2 metre social distancing rules, which will provide significant operational challenges for mass-participation event organisers.”
“The health and safety of race participants, their supporters, event volunteers and the Run 4 Wales staff team is at the forefront of our decision making. Equally important is the overall event experience for runners and with continuing restrictions on gatherings, as well as on the general public’s access to our event venues, the consensus is that the overall event experience of our summer 10k’s will be compromised beyond an acceptable level.”
“Following a prolonged period with no events, a busy calendar of rescheduled events is penciled in for the autumn of 2021. In conjunction with the respective local authorities, we have therefore taken the sensible decision to postpone our summer 10k races to 2022. Rescheduling the Porthcawl & Barry Island events into 2022 will ensure a quality event experience at locations which are most attractive and accessible in the summer months.”
The Healthspan Porthcawl 10K will now take place on Sunday 3 July 2022 and the ABP Barry Island 10K on Sunday 7 August 2022. Everyone with a place will be able to use it in the rescheduled event next year with spaces automatically transferred. There are also a number of alternative entry options available depending on the type of entry a person has. Everyone registered has been e-mailed with more information. Full details can also be found on the event websites at www.porthcawl10K.co.uk and www.barryisland10K.co.uk.