The Bath Half Marathon has been postponed once again due to uncertainty around COVID-19 lockdown restrictions for large-scale events
Organisers of the Bath Half Marathon today informed participants that the event has been postponed once more, this time to 13 March 2022.
An email to all ticket holders cited a lack of certainty around COVID-19 restrictions and large-scale events as the reason for the postponement, as well as planned infrastructure works due to take place in Bath this year that may have interfered with the popular half marathon event.
“With just over 4 months now before our event date we still do not have clarification from government on key factors such as whether social distancing will be required, whether spectators will be permitted and whether participants will be required to provide certification of COVID status,” organisers stated in a press release dated 27 April.” These factors will fundamentally effect how we deliver our event, and without this clarification we do not feel we have sufficient time now to plan our arrangements, or to carry out proper consultations with the council and other stakeholders, or to tender and place the necessary contractors’ orders.
“We also feel that the restrictions that are likely to remain on large scale public events this year will change the community character of our event and prevent us from delivering the Bath Half Marathon in the way our runners expect.”
The news may come as a surprise to some participants, as the UK’s current ‘roadmap’ out of COVID-19 lockdown appears to be on track in terms of allowing mass-participation events from 21 June 2021 – in time for the previous September date. But it appears that the lack of clarity from the government is making planning impossible.
You can read the full statement here.