Weston Super Half Marathon cancelled
PUBLISHED: 14:04 17 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:32 18 March 2018
The inaugural Weston Super Half Marathon has been cancelled, less than 24 hours before the starter's pistol was due to fire.
‘Devastated’ organisers have pulled the plug on tomorrow’s (Sunday) race after the Met Office issued an amber warning for snow and sub-zero temperatures across the South West.
The cancellation will spell heartbreak for the race’s runners, who doubtless spent many hours training to prepare for the race to raise money for charity.
The event was the brainchild of double Olympic champion rower James Cracknell, who in January told the Mercury he hoped it would be held in Weston for ‘years to come’.
An event spokesman said the ‘difficult’ decision was taken because of the ‘paramount importance of safety’.
They added: “We have been assessing the route and race village locations, liaising with and taking advice from the emergency services, event management and traffic management specialists, and local stakeholders to get a full picture of the impact the weather might have on the event.
“This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make and we are truly sorry for all those who have made plans to join us this weekend.
“We understand many of you will be greatly disappointed after months of training and, for many, fundraising for causes close to their hearts.
“We share your frustration and are devastated to have had to make this decision, especially as we were so excited to be bringing the first Weston Super Half to the town.
“Following this announcement, we will be contacting all runners directly via email by Friday to provide further updates on how our cancellation procedures and refunds policy will operate.
“Please do bear with us while we continue to work through the logistics of our cancellation procedures.
“The next few days are going to be extremely busy and we are unlikely to be able to respond to specific enquiries regarding race places directly. If you have any urgent needs regarding your race place please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will endeavour to respond as soon as we can.
“Once again, this decision has not been made lightly and we are so disappointed to be sharing this news with you all. We will be in touch with you all soon.”