20th Nov, 2018

Coventry Half-Marathon cancelled

Felix Nobes 20th Mar, 2018

THIS YEAR’S Coventry Half-Marathon has been cancelled after a rescheduled date for the race could not be decided.

The event was called off on Friday due to forecasts of ‘adverse weather conditions’.

Organisers say the number of city events in quick succession has restricted the availability of weekends to rearrange the race.

But there is still hope the Children’s Mile will go-ahead this year at a later date.

Yellow warnings for Coventry and Warwickshire proved to be accurate as Coventry was swept by minus temperatures, snow and ice.

The popular run was cancelled because of fears for the safety of runners.

The half-marathon was scheduled to take place on Sunday (March 18).

John Abell, Coventry University’s Student Union manager said: “Thank you for your patience whilst we have been dealing with our stakeholders including insurers, Children’s Mile organisers and the City Council.

“Unfortunately it is not possible to postpone the race to a future date in the next month or two.

“To re-schedule we would need to re-run stakeholder consultations, road closures, public notice periods and re-book specialist contractors and volunteers which takes a huge amount of forward planning to organise for a major city event.

“There are also many other events happening in this great City which have limited the available weekends.”

All registered runners will automatically be refunded and contacted with details about refunds when this happens.

Entrants will also be given a discount for next year’s race.

Mr Abell added: “We know many of you have offered to donate your race fee to our charities.

“That is very kind and we will send donation links out with the refund email.

Regarding the Children’s Mile, he continued: “We are still hopeful that we can reschedule the Children’s Mile as this involves far fewer road closures.

“We will post an update on this as soon as we can.”

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