Club’s traditional road race cancelled
CLEVEDON’S Boxing Day Road Race - a highlight in the town’s festive calendar - has been cancelled for the first time in its history.
Organisers of the race, which attracts hundreds of entries, have had to cancel it due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They said it would be impossible to organise it to comply with Government restrictions.
The race, organised by Clevedon Athletic Club every Boxing Day, has been running for 43 years.
Commenting on the decision, club chairman and race director Andy Heyes said: “These past few months have been a very testing time for all of us, and especially for all sports and training groups.
“Unfortunately as we now face a period of further restrictions and although it appears that England Athletics remain happy with the current level of organised training sessions, a return to organised racing looks to have taken a further step away. Therefore, unfortunately after several weeks of head-scratching for alternative methods of holding the event a decision has now been made to cancel this year’s Boxing Day Road Race - for the first time in the 43 years we have held the event.”
Mr Heyes said the cancellation was a break in a huge tradition for Clevedon.
It is hoped the race will return in 2021.
Runners joining in the Clevedon Athletic Club Boxing Day Road Race