Since the start of 2020, Front Runner Events have continually been monitoring the situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak and we are saddened to announce the postponement of the 2020 Great Welsh Full & Half Marathon.
Race Director, David Martin-Jewell said:
“Following the ongoing advice from Welsh Government and other relevant authorities across the UK, we are devastated that we have had to move this event to 2021.
2020 has proven to be an extremely challenging year, not just us at Front Runner Events but the events industry as a whole. We held out high hopes that we would be able to hold this event in September, however, it has become increasingly evident that social distancing, specific safety requirements amongst other measures, we have no other options other than to move the event to April 2021.
This has been an extremely difficult decision here for all of us at Front Runner Events, we love preparing and delivering our events as well as welcoming old and new runners and friends to west Wales to celebrate a day that culminates in crossing the finish line after months of training and anticipation. We were also looking forward to launching our new route for you all to explore. However, the health and safety of our runners, spectators, volunteers, contractors, event staff and the wider population has to remain to be our highest priority.”
We fully understand that you will be disappointed with this decision, but we are also aware that this will no longer come as a surprise. As such, we have put together a number of options to help you choose what suits you best. From 5pm on Wednesday 24th June 2020, you will be able to tell us which of the following options you would like to take. To do this you’ll need to login to your Realbuzz Members Hub and select your choice.
You must select your option by the end of the day on Sunday 27th September 2020, after this deadline, we will automatically add your entry to 2021.
Please note, if you have already run the virtual event or deferred your entry to 2021, you will NOT be able to amend your option to another one.
1. Run in 2021
If you can join us on 11th April 2021 (TBC) select this option in the Realbuzz Members Hub and we’ll do the rest. We look forward to seeing you on the start line. We will automatically transfer your entry to the new race date and we will send you your race pack a few weeks before the event.
2. Transfer your entry to someone else
We’re happy for you to transfer your entry to another runner (all fees have been scrapped due to the circumstances). To do this, log into your Realbuzz Members Hub and select the option for transfer. You will then get an email with details on how to transfer your entry to another runner. Please note, you’ll need to do this by Sunday 27th September 2020. Please be aware that by transferring your number, you won’t be able to get a refund.
3. Run the race virtually (solo)
If you choose to run solo at a time and place that suits you then select the virtual event option in the Realbuzz Members Hub and we’ll let you know how to confirm your registration via email. Please note, this option is exclusively for entrants of the 2020 Great Welsh events and will NOT be available to the general public. So, if you want to put your training to good use, see your name on our leader board, a digital certificate, and receive your event t-shirt and medal delivered straight to your door then choose this option. This option will be in lieu of deferral to 2021.
4. Roll your entry onto 2022
If the date in 2021 doesn’t suit you, we can allow you to defer your place to our 2022 race (date TBC). There will be NO fees for deferring your place under the circumstances. If you’d like to defer to 2022, please head to the Realbuzz Members Hub and select this option.
You must select your option by the end of the day on Sunday 27th September 2020. If you do not select an option by this deadline, we will automatically add your entry to 2021.
If you have already run the virtual event or deferred your entry to 2021, you will NOT be able to amend your option to another one.
As explained when we originally when we postponed the event, significant event costs have already been incurred and from our endeavouring to try and deliver the September date, we continued to incur costs, therefore we are unable to refund the entry fee.
We did have event insurance, unfortunately, our policy does not cover the COVID-19 or any similar pandemic outbreak. This seems to be standard across the industry and is an area we are actively reviewing for future events.
We don’t like to lean on our terms and conditions, but they’re in place for extenuating situations like this. Events beyond our control were included in the terms you agreed to when you signed up to enter the race/s.
We endeavour to always do our best for our athletes, staff, crew, partners, volunteers and spectators. We kindly ask for your support and understanding at this time to protect everyone involved and the future of Front Runner Events, to continue delivering races for our runners in the years ahead.