may i suggest the sittingbourne 10k as an alternative.....
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If pilgrims hospice don't want the race I have a horrible feeling that it wont go ahead again. Anyone know how much it costs to run an event? If locals value it is it feasible to arrange? Any thoughts?
I for one hope it does run again. 2010 was such a great day for so many. Ok the main sponsor didn't receive as much as they hoped for in the way of money raised by runners but maybe sometimes you have to loose some to gain more in the future...... or maybe I am nieve...
maybe 209 events can take it up again later in the year. After all isn't the company run by an ex kentish man Mike Gratten
Just a thought for those of you disappointed at the cancellation, and I know that Essex is not exactly Kent, but, there is the following event on 22nd May - it's 10 miles and always well supported; been going for years now.
BTW best of luck any of you running Halstead; it's a lovely course.
I'll be doing the Frinton half instead this year "oh I do like to be beside the seaside"
[b]Edmund Carr Great Baddow[/b] Charity [b]10[/b] mile Road Race
I have kept out of the caterbury Half debate but concur with the statements made about the costs of the event.
When the Pilgrims Hospice were the owners the event came with a lot of charity good will and costs of policing and marshalling were by and large given free.
In the last few years these costs have had to be passed on as some aspects, such as road closurers are now outsourced by the council and there is a cost associated with implementing the traffic management plan.
On viewing the mounting ongoing costs I think it is unlikely that a commercial company like ourselves or RTS can make a go of it based on the number limitations of the current route.
It is a lovely route and I ran the old 1980's version of it many times, but times have changed and risk assessments in conjunction with Kent Police indicate that it can not be increased by much without endangering runners as movement of ambulances and support vehicles is already very difficult on the narrow lanes.
The answer is either a leap of faith and we plan for a city centre based event with 4 or 5000 runners, which we have looked at but can't come up with a route that allows for sensible traffic management without closing Canterbury down completly for the morning, The council would let us do it if we could show that we could manage the roads.
Or a local running club or voluntary organisation with lower overheads for marshals etc in Canterbury take it over - I'd be happy to hand over any information to such a body if someone came forward.
As RTS state, it was not cancelled lightly - it was an event we were proud to have built up from 450 runners to 1000 runners over 2 years but have to admit that the result was changing the dynamic of the race from a charity fund raiser to a club race, which was no good for Pilgrims Hospice.
I can be contacted on email@example.com or 01252 373797 if anyone wants to discuss taking over the event.
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