The 13 Valleys ultra marathon which was scheduled to take place over the weekend of 2 – 4 October has been postponed until next year.
The decision to postpone the event has been taken following government advice on slowing the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), and the impact that the current restrictions will have on the event planning and runners’ ability to train and prepare for a major challenge.
Organisers have confirmed that all entrants will be able to claim a refund of their entry fee and they are in the process of contacting everyone signed up for the event, by email, with further information. A new date in 2021 has not yet been secured but will be announced as soon as possible.
Paul Foster, Chief Executive at the Great Run Company, said: “With the sensible and necessary restrictions that are in place, and with the high level of disruption over the next few months, we’re not able to properly plan and develop the event as we’d wish. We also rely on partners who will be rightly focussed in other areas, and not in the planning of a new event.
“We want this new event to be an amazing celebration of the Lake District so we feel it’s the pragmatic and sensible decision to postpone.
“We understand the commitment runners make when taking on a challenge of this level and do not take any decision to postpone an event lightly. In this case we felt our only option was to cancel the race and rearrange it for a later date in 2021. We want to thank all of our participants and partners for their continued support and understanding and we look forward to seeing them next year.”
This news follows the postponement early this month of the Ultra North & Ultra London events planned for this summer.
Race website: 13valleysultra.com