Run 4 Wales has announced that the Barry Island 10k will be postponed for another year until 2022, stating that “2 meter social distancing rules, will provide significant operational challenges for mass-participation event organisers.”
In a statement released on Tuesday, organisers said:
“Run 4 Wales has been working closely with the Welsh Government and the relevant Local Authorities to understand the potential timeline for the safe return of events in Wales, including the ABP Barry Island 10K on Sunday 1st August and Healthspan Porthcawl 10K on Sunday 4th July.”
“Whilst the vaccine rollout in the UK continues to provide cause for optimism, the situation in Wales remains uncertain, with the Welsh Government only looking to make incremental changes to event capacities in the next 21-day review. At present there are also no plans to relax the 2 metre social distancing rules, which will provide significant operational challenges for mass-participation event organisers.”
“The health and safety of race participants, their supporters, event volunteers and the Run 4 Wales staff team is at the forefront of our decision making. Equally important is the overall event experience for runners and with continuing restrictions on gatherings, as well as on the general public’s access to our event venues, the consensus is that the overall event experience of our summer 10k’s will be compromised beyond an acceptable level.
Following a prolonged period with no events, a busy calendar of rescheduled events is penciled in for the autumn of 2021. In conjunction with the respective local authorities, we have therefore taken the sensible decision to postpone our summer 10k races to 2022. Rescheduling the Barry Island & Porthcawl events into 2022 will ensure a quality event experience at locations which are most attractive and accessible in the summer months.
The ABP Barry Island 10K will now take place on Sunday 7 August 2022 and the Healthspan Porthcawl 10K on Sunday 3 July 2022. Everyone with a place in either race will be able to use it in the rescheduled event next year with spaces automatically transferred. There are also a number of alternative entry options (listed below) depending on the type of entry you have.
More information can be found via barryisland10k.co.uk/