COVENTRY’S Festival of Running race has been rescheduled from Sunday November 1 to a new date on Sunday March 21 2021.
Organisers say they are “saddened” but feel it would be “inappropriate to continue” with the intended date in light of the increase in coronavirus cases and tighter government restrictions to mitigate a second lockdown.
The event, organised by Coventry University Students’ Union (CUSU) in partnership with Coventry City Council, comprises of a half marathon, 5k race, 2.5k wheelchair race and a children’s mile. Each route takes in the historic city’s landmarks. In previous years around 4,000 runners have taken part in the 13.1-mile half marathon course finishing at Coventry Cathedral.
Race Director Ian Lole said: “With race day approaching we knew we needed to give runners some certainty to enable them to plan, and although, as current guidance stands, our Covid–safe event could technically take place, we didn’t want to be in the position where we had to cancel a few days before. We understand how disappointing this is for those who have trained so hard throughout lockdown, but we fully intend to be back better than ever next year.”
The Festival of Running Team is providing runners who are booked on to the race with a number of alternative options over the following few weeks and months. These include:
- Ready to Race – a virtual event to enable runners to cross the line and take part digitally on November 1. This will enable runners to claim their t-shirt and medal and will ensure sponsorship and donations go to the chosen charity.
- Defer to March 21 2021 – entry is deferred to March 21, guarantee your race place in a truly historic year for Coventry during its year as UK City of Culture.
- Donate – runners can donate to one of the Festival of Running partner charities and in doing so, support Festival of Running to stay afloat for future years. If you chose to donate your entry fee 60% will go to your chosen charity enabling them to support their charitable activities. The remainder of your donation will go to cover booking fees and the festival’s significant non-transferable operating costs.
- Refund – the Festival of Running team in Coventry understands that for some, finances are tight. Therefore, it is offering a refund (excluding the 6% booking fee) to any registered runner who requests it.
Festival of Running Race organiser Matt Wall said: “Thanks to all those who’ve signed up to the race for their patience and support during these times. We encourage all of you to stay fit, healthy and adhere to government guidance.”
Find out more at enjoycoventry.com/festivalofrunning