Alcester 10k – Cancelled, but now made VIRTUAL!
After three months of discussions with Stratford-on-Avon District Council, the Raceways team was informed on Thursday, September 18th, that the council, Test & Trace Regulatory Services, Public Health England Warwickshire, Warwickshire Police and Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service did not support the Alcester 10k going ahead this year, meaning Raceways had no option but to cancel the race and make the event ‘virtual-only’ – with the kids fun run also cancelled.
Although this was something out of our control as an organisation, Raceways would still like to take this opportunity to apologise to you all, and we hope you will still join us virtually from across the UK.
As a team, we offered up multiple solutions to the authorities to ensure the event could be held safely, but the feedback given included a concern around the rise of Covid-19 cases in Warwickshire, and how any potential race could cause this number to increase further.
The safety of our athletes is paramount to our organisation, and while we believe we did offer a safe and viable alternative, the decision has been made that this year’s Alcester 10km race cannot go ahead and has to be completed virtually instead.
Raceways appreciates that athletes will have spent a considerable amount of time not only training for the race, but also fundraising for charities or causes that rely on regular donations from good, kind-hearted individuals such as yourselves. Raceways is no different. While you can contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org) to defer until next year, we would kindly ask you to please support us and complete the race virtually.
As you will be aware, all funds raised by Raceways events are ploughed directly into Marathon Kids (formerly Kids Run Free), an Alcester-based charity that offers up free running opportunities for children in Warwickshire, and across the UK.
We have t-shirts and medals all ready to be sent out after you finish your virtual Alcester 10k, and we look forward to seeing your pictures and map routes. For those local to Alcester, you can download the route at https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1249258 and there is another suggested route here in Oversley https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1259591
We ask you to kindly complete your virtual Alcester 10k by 11pm on October 18th, 2020 and send us pictorial evidence of your run either on email email@example.com or tag Raceways across social media channels.