The SPAR City of Preston 10K run has been cancelled for the second year in a row following concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.
Preston City Council informed the organisers of the race, The Running Bee Foundation, that the event would not be taking place on the planned Sunday 25th October date. The Council have also announced that this year’s Christmas Lights Switch On event will take place online.
According to rumours, a new date is currently being suggested – Sometime late in March, possibly Sunday 21st March or 28th March. People who have already entered for 2020 will automatically be rolled over to the March event, if it were to take place.
It’s the second time that The Running Bee Foundation have been plunged into drama, after the 2019 event was cancelled due to bad weather.
A spokesperson for Preston City Council said: “The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases within Preston has seen a continued and sustained rise over previous weeks. As a result, restrictions will remain in place.
“As a result of this, the City Council in line with its policies and outlined conditions is forced to rescind consent for the SPAR City of Preston 10K scheduled to take place on 25 October.”
A spokesperson for The Running Bee Foundation said: “This is heartbreaking news for the city and the charity, as we give all profits back to communities and groups in Preston to help promote health and wellbeing and to fight childhood obesity.”