The organizers of the Stirling Scottish Marathon have moved the event to May 9 2021 due to the pandemic
The organizers of the Stirling Scottish Marathon, Classic Run Events, have issued the following message to all registered runners.
Dear Runner, I hope you and your family are keeping well during these very difficult days.
We are writing to update you on the status of the Stirling Scottish Marathon, which was scheduled to take place on the weekend of October 10th and 11th this year.
Due to the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, after very careful consideration, we have taken the decision to postpone this year’s event.
The event is being moved to the weekend of May 8th and 9th 2021, with the marathon taking place on Sunday the 9th of May.
During the lockdown period we have been closely monitoring all advice and guidelines from the Scottish Government.
In assessing all current available information it is our view that there is a very high risk that social distancing restrictions for mass gatherings will extend into the summer and autumn months.
If this is the case it will severely impact our ability to organise and deliver the world class marathon that we promised.
All of our team are bitterly disappointed in having to make this decision but the welfare of our runners, colleagues, volunteers and suppliers is paramount.
Given the risk we decided an early decision would be in the best interests of all runners as many have already made travel and accommodation arrangements for the weekend in October.
All entries for the October 10th and 11th dates will be deferred to the new dates in May 2021.
While we hope you will join us in 2021 and support the re-arranged event, plus all the charities involved, and any runner unable to take part on the new date can request a refund.
We would like to thank our charity partners, sponsors, Stirling Council and all our key stakeholders for their understanding and support on this matter.
We appreciate that you have been training hard in readiness for the Stirling Marathon weekend but we look forward to seeing you, and many new participants, on the start line next spring when the world will undoubtedly be a safer place.
Entries for the 2021 event are now open at thestirlingmarathon.co.uk
Stay safe and healthy.
With our very best wishes to you and your family.
The Classic Run Events Team.
Speaking after today's announcement, Councillor Chris Kane, Convener of Community Planning and Regeneration: said: “This was a tough call to make but I applaud the organisers for taking this decision early, and communicating it clearly with all participants.
“The Marathon was gearing up to be one of the key components of our events calendar and I have no doubt it will remain one of the most eagerly anticipated attractions in Scotland next year when we are hopefully all in a better situation.
“I thank everyone who has signed up so far and hope to see you all at the finish line next year in May.”
posted Tuesday May 5th