West Sussex County Times

Popular run gets go-ahead

- Athletics wscountyti­mes.co.uk/sport

Run Barns Green will go ahead as planned this September.

It will be the 39th anniversar­y of the event and the two races, the Half Marathon and 10K races will take place on Sunday, September 26 subject to the Government guidelines with regard to the pandemic.

Last year’s race was cancelled and the organisers were very keen to do everything possible to get this year’s races to take place.

At present mass participat­ion outdoor events can take place, but most organisers are waiting until after the significan­t dare of June 21 when most Covid restrictio­ns will be eased.

This is a full three months before the Run Barns Green date and the organisers are very hopeful that by September the overall situation will be significan­tly better and safer for everyone involved.

Of course the situation will be monitored very closely and the race committee will ensure that the safety and wellbeing of officials, helpers, competitor­s and spectators is the top priority.

Run Barns Green chairman, Nigel Currie, said: “We are delighted that we are able to make this positive announceme­nt about our event.

“There is a lot of work to do by the committee members who are all volunteers, and so a decision has to be made now to give us time to order all the necessary equipment and supplies.

“We also need to attract lots of runners and we look forward to welcoming back all our regular competitor­s to Barns Green.

“We have a new sponsor this year, Architectu­ral Plants, which is a specialist horticultu­ral nursery in Pulborough, who specialise in Garden Design and Planting and we are looking forward to their involvemen­t in this great local event.”

Run Barns Green is organised entirely by volunteers and all profits

from the event go to charity and local clubs and societies.

Last year, despite the race cancellati­on which meant there was

no income for the race, Run Barns Green still donated over £1,500 to 20 different organisati­ons, groups and sports clubs that help the organisers

stage the event each year.

Registrati­ons for the race are open on the Run Barns Green website;

 ??  ?? Bethany Male will look to repeat her 2017 Run Barns Green women’s half marathon success in this year’s event
Bethany Male will look to repeat her 2017 Run Barns Green women’s half marathon success in this year’s event

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