THE GREAT Birmingham Run, which was scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 11, has been cancelled.
The decision to cancel the event has been taken given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning that going ahead with the event will be impossible.
Runners who had a place in this year’s event will be given the option to roll it over to the next Great Birmingham Half Marathon – currently scheduled to take place on October 10 next year – or receive a refund of their entry fee.
Organisers are in the process of contacting everyone who is signed up for the Great Birmingham Run by email with further information.
Paul Foster, chief executive at the Great Run Company, said: “We understand this will be disappointing news to all those who were planning to take part, but the safety of participants, spectators and of all those associated with the staging of the events is always our number one priority.
“Over the past few months we have worked hard to try and find a way to stage the Great Birmingham Run while observing social distancing rules and, most importantly, not impacting on our local NHS.
“However, as things stand and even as the situation improves, it’s not going to be possible to meet these goals with any certainty, so we have concluded the best course of action is to cancel.
“This is even more disappointing given we had to cancel the Great Birmingham 10k in May and so our loyal Birmingham runners have not had the chance to take part in a Great Run this year. We are delighted to be able to offer our runners the opportunity to roll their place over and we look forward to welcoming them back in 2021.
“We want to thank all of our participants and partners for their continued support and understanding.”
Many people taking on the challenge would have been doing it for charity and at this time charity donations are more important than ever before.
Foster added: “Event day is only a small part of the challenge our runners take on. They put in a huge amount of preparation and training in the weeks and months before.
“They should be able to celebrate that achievement. We encourage those who were signed up to run the event to recognise all the hard work they have already put in and consider still passing on the money raised to the charity if possible.”