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I am disappointed to announce we are now postponing Gateshead Harriers & AC Quayside 5k (Wed 12th August 2020) and Gateshead Half Marathon (Sunday 30th August) events.

All entrants have been emailed with further details for their respective events and I would like to thank all of those who had committed to the events a participant or volunteer.

We have revised plans several times to be able to hold safe and successful events as government guidance has changed, including our most recent plans for a socially distanced event.

Unfortunately, the ongoing government restrictions and event licencing suspension from our governing body RunBritain (currently up to 31st July), without clarity on plans for August, means that the decision has now been taken out of our hands.

We thank you for your patience while we kept planning to hold the events. We have had ongoing communication with Gateshead Council Events Team on behalf of the regional Safety Advisory Group, who showed great willingness to work together to still hold the events in some form, however disappointingly for all, the understandable decision has been made that it’s now too close to the events without the necessary clarity to continue.

At this point in time, because there are no events being sanctioned in the area and no change in position on licensing from RunBritain, we do not feel it is appropriate to give a short term rescheduled date for the events.

We understand that the running community are looking forward to events returning and as we have the capacity to hold an event with minimal amendments to our plans, that had gone through every stage of scrutiny up to now, and so many other events have been cancelled (or will be cancelled when restrictions are eased and they can’t feasibly adapt the event to the guidance) we may be in a position to hold our events later in the year.

Thanks again for your patience and understanding and we hope to see a safe progression and adaptation towards normality in the near future.

Chris Parr
Race Director

For any enquiry please feel free to contact me on chris@runningnortheast.co.uk

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