POSTPONED Great Welsh Marathon and Half Marathon 2020: COVID-19 update

By 17th March 2020Latest News

We’ve postponed our event on 5th April

With the continued and rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world, we’ve seen many events being postponed or cancelled. So, it’s with a heavy heart and utter disappointment that we’re letting you know we also have to do the same and postpone next month’s Great Welsh races.

We have waited for as long as we possibly could to ensure that we adhered to and followed the most up-to-date UK Government guidance. We’ve held out hope that we could possibly arrange the event in a slightly different format (e.g., setting runners off in smaller waves, smaller start pens, staggered start times) but sadly to no avail. After lots of consideration, including risk analysis of these multiple scenarios, the Government’s decision to stop all emergency personnel working at events means we cannot proceed with the event.

 The race/s will now be on 27th September 2020

Having to change your race plans is as frustrating for us as it is for you. That said, by rearranging our events, we hope your hours of training will and can still be put to the test.

If you can join us on 27th September, you don’t need to do anything, and we look forward to seeing you on the start line. We will automatically transfer your entry to the new race date we will send you your race pack a few weeks before the event.

Your options if you can’t make the new date

  1. Transfer

We’re happy for you to transfer your entry to another runner. There’d normally be a fee for transferring your place, but we’ve scrapped this under the circumstances.

To transfer your entry to someone else from Monday 23rd March you can:

  • Log on to your Realbuzz Members Hub
  • Please click the transfer button
  • You’ll need your friend’s email address

You’ll need to transfer your number by midnight on 23rd August 2020 so we have enough time to send out the race packs. By transferring your number, you won’t be able to get a refund.

  1. Run the race virtually

We are working through the final details of the Great Welsh Virtual Races and we will provide more information on this before the end of the week.

This is intended to help you maintain your training and achieve your running goals. There will be a leader board, continued fundraising opportunities and prize money (for the fastest 3 men and women).

Run your chosen distance anytime from this Friday 20th March and April 5th and we’ll send you an official race tee and finishers medal once you’ve demonstrated that you successfully completed the race in one go. If you choose this option, you will be removed from the event and will not receive a race pack and will not be able to participate at the revised date.

  1. Run the race in 2021

We can defer your place to our 2021 race [date TBC]. There’d normally be a fee for deferring your place, but we’ve currently waived this too under the circumstances. If you’d like to defer to next year, let us know. The deadline for deferrals is 26th April 2020. 

Refunds

Such late postponement of the event means that event costs have already been incurred and we are unable to refund fees. Unfortunately, our event cancellation insurance policy doesn’t cover the COVID-19 outbreak (not many policies do and even fewer will from now on).

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 shall endeavour to always do what is best for our athletes, staff, crew, partners, volunteers and spectators. We pride ourselves on the high standards we set with the delivery of our events, so that we all enjoy and help celebrate your achievements from start line to finish line.

The Front Runner Events Team

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