Running High Events, organisers of the Bath Half Marathon have announced that the 2021 race has now been postponed until Sunday 5th September 2021.
Next year’s Bath Half Marathon was originally planned for 14th March but following the recent increase in Covid-19 cases across the UK and introduction of further restrictions the decision was made to wait until later in the year to host the event.
Andrew Taylor, Bath Half Race Director, said, “We understand how disappointing this postponement will be for our participants, charity partners and volunteer groups however, we have decided to make this announcement early to allow time to make plans for 2021.
“Since the government lifted restrictions on events such as the Bath Half Marathon in July we have been developing Covid-Secure plans for the delivery of next year’s race. These flexible plans anticipate a number of different scenarios, and satisfy all published Covid guidelines for events, and have been refined following learnings from Covid-Secure trial events at Kew Gardens and Blenheim Palace, and recent research on the outdoor transmission of Covid commissioned by parkrun.
“In discussing our event plans with Bath & North East Somerset Council we have been advised that in the current situation, regardless of the event being permitted by government and being Covid-Secure, the public health team do not feel it is appropriate to consider a large public event in the Spring, and the council’s resources are currently stretched responding to Covid outbreaks in the community and hospitality sector. The safety of our participants, staff, volunteer groups and our local community remains our number one priority, and we always follow council advice.
“We are disappointed that the positive role that physical fitness and regular exercise can play in helping to beat Covid has not been either widely discussed or promoted by government or in the media, and in that respect we believe that outdoor participation events such as the Bath Half Marathon are not the problem, but part of the solution.
“In the coming months we will continue working closely with Bath & North East Somerset Council to develop plans for our Covid-Secure event, looking forward to welcoming our supporters back to Bath on Sunday 5th September 2021.
“In the meantime we encourage everyone to use this time, and commuting time freed up by home working, as an opportunity to join the battle against Covid by following government advice on social distancing and handwashing, and to get ‘match fit’ by exercising regularly.”