Club’s tra­di­tional road race can­celled

Bristol Post - - NEWS -

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

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