CORONAVIRUS - A MESSAGE TO OUR NEIGHBOURS
THE LAST FEW WEEKS HAVE TAUGHT US THAT TRULY, WE ARE ALL NEIGHBOURS. IN BEING FORCED TO STAY APART, WE LEARN HOW CLOSE TOGETHER WE NORMALLY ARE.
We would like to cover off a couple of practical points about Race the Neighbours 2020, still currently scheduled for 12th July 2020.
Most obviously the first question is whether the event will go ahead or not. And the answer is that we don’t yet know. Being a relatively small event we still have some time before we need to make decisions. Before the pandemic began we had most things in place for the event in July. Once the lockdown ends, or we are in sight of a clear end date, we can start checking back in with all our suppliers with whom we cooperate and the various authorities from whom we need permission. Our deadline for all of this is probably the end of May, perhaps even the first week of June. So we do still have a few weeks in hand.
We would like to go ahead, but that will depend entirely on the course of the pandemic over the next few weeks, and we will take our lead from government and health authorities. Our first priority will always be the safety and good health of our runners and wider community, so if we are not permitted to go ahead, or if we do not believe it would be responsible to do so, then we will cancel the race. In the event that we do cancel the race, all entrants will receive a full refund. If that happens, we don’t expect to go ahead later in 2020, rather the sixth Race the Neighbours will then take place in 2021.
This has been an incredibly challenging time for everybody, and our best wishes in particular go out to those who have lost loved ones or are struggling, whether with their health or financial circumstances. Our thoughts are with you. Last week we were particularly saddened to learn of the death of Harvey Goldstein. Harvey was well known to residents of Fordington Road, and he was a great friend to Race the Neighbours, volunteering every year to assist runners on Woodside Avenue. He will be much missed.
Amongst a backdrop of sadness there have also been positive developments. There has been a wonderful upsurge in community solidarity, and, for now at least, we are still allowed to run in the warm spring weather. If you are out running, please be a good neighbour – always keep an appropriate distance from pedestrians, shoppers and other runners, stop and give way if you need to, be considerate, and keep smiling as you steer clear.
Friends, when we are through this strange time, let’s never again take for granted good health and fitness, our freedom to run freely, and our ability to congregate and Race our Neighbours.
We’ll see you at the next Race the Neighbours event. Until then, stay healthy and look after each other.
All the best,
The Race the Neighbours team