Exeter’s Great West Run has been postponed for a second time.
Having already been shifted back last year, it was announced today that the event – which was scheduled for Sunday, May 23, 2021 – will now take place on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
The event, which includes a half-marathon and 10K race through the streets of Exeter, has been moved due to the emergence of news strains of the coronavirus.
A post on the race’s website said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly and is one that we have given careful consideration to.
“Over the last year the pandemic has been more disruptive and unpredictable than any of us could have imagined. We had hoped that 2021 would have brought more certainty to the events world and that we would be able to guarantee delivering a safe and excellent event for you all.
“Sadly, with the emergence of the new more transmissible strains it has become clear that holding an event of this size and scale in May would not be a responsible decision to make for runners, staff, volunteers or the local population of Exeter.
“With an increasingly congested events calendar and a lack of suitable dates later in the year we have taken the decision to move to 2022. This will ensure that we can return bigger and better than ever for a real celebratory event.
“We would like to say how sorry we are for the inconvenience, and to thank everyone for your passion, enthusiasm and dedication in the lead up to the event.
“We know you will be disappointed, especially as this is the second postponement you have had to endure and hope you understand the difficult decision we had to make.”
Organisers have revealed that every runner with a place in the 2021 Great West Run will be automatically moved to the rescheduled event next year.
Anyone who is unable to make the new days is asked to contact race organsiers so their place can be transferred to another runner or to the 2021 Cheltenham Half or Weston Super Half.
People can alternatively take a refund by contacting the organisers.