GEAR 10K run in King's Lynn postponed to 2021
The annual Grand East Anglia Run (GEAR) 10K has been postponed to May 2021, officials have announced this afternoon.
The popular event, alongside the Mini GEAR, had been postponed to October 25, but organisers Run For All said they have taken the decision to push them back to next year.
In an email sent to those who had signed up to take part in this year's GEAR, officials said at the time of postponing the event to October, they had "great hopes" they would be able to host the events later in the year.
"Like many of you, we at Run For All, along with the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk and Alive West Norfolk, have been monitoring the situation on a daily basis and seeking guidance from the UK Government as to the next steps with regards to the potential for events to take place later this year," organisers said.
"Given the current guidance, we feel it very unlikely that these events will be able to go ahead this year due to the social distancing that would need to be implemented and the limitations of the current route and assembly area.
"Therefore, we are unfortunately writing to advise you that due to Covid-19, the GEAR 10K and Bespak Mini GEAR has been postponed to Sunday, May 2 2021.
"Whilst we appreciate this news won’t come as a complete surprise, like you, we are disappointed that our return to King’s Lynn will have to wait another year but the safety of you the entrants has to come first."
Run For All said all entries will be transferred to the new date in 2021. They also said they are not in a position to be able to offer refunds, as per their standard terms and conditions.
Officials asked entrants to consider supporting one of the event's official partner charities next year.
"Over the years these events have raised a significant sum of money for charity and due to the postponements of these events we know many charities will be struggling to continue to deliver vital services due to lack of funds," they said.
"Your support now, can really make a difference."
They added: "We really hope we will see you all on the start line next year, but in the meantime, we would ask you to stay safe, stay well and keep active."
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