Manchester YMCA 10k

Council won't allow it to run!!

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25/05/2004 at 17:28
The ironic thing is that they had a record entry last year, 1200+, presumably as a result of the GMR.

It's an appalling decision!
27/05/2004 at 09:07
How about everyone writing to the council and protesting? I think it stinks that local races lose out to the big money, and I hope everyone who chose Bupa's race over this one thinks twice before entering next year.
27/05/2004 at 09:32
I don't think the Harriers will give up so easily - I'm certainly going to protest to the Council if their appeal to the Council's better nature isn't successful, but I suspect (hope!) that the club won't leave it there & will launch some kind of campaign for the race's resinstatement. I'll be supporting local races in preference to the monied mass events from now on.
27/05/2004 at 11:34
Without supporting the council's current decision, how many of us started running through seeing the larger runs taking place on TV? The mass events do have a place, but the timing could have been better planned to avoid existing races. I enjoyed the GMR, but equally enjoy other local (and cheaper / less crowded) races.

Manchester has a lot of races - compare to Liverpool. But it should be encouraging more, not less.
27/05/2004 at 13:54
If they don't want two races so close together, surely the newcomer should take second place to the existing one?
27/05/2004 at 15:37
I don't think anyone here would say that the mass events don't have their place, only that a big commercial venture shouldn't be able to push a pre-existing local event out of the way. It'd be nice perhaps if, when a new event with alot of big hitters behind it did hit a city, they insisted that any pre-existing event should not be affected by their presence, after all the mass eventers will be able to pull more of a punch with local councils than the clubs who depend on people volunteering their spare time. Sad that a city centre club is now allowed to put on a city centre race now.
27/05/2004 at 15:37
<<der, meant "not" allowed ..>>
03/06/2004 at 23:04
its just typical of Manchester council - i can say that being Mancunian born although i now live a few metres over the border in Cheshire!!!! but they don't care about the smaller running clubs activities - or existence for that matter - they would like us all to merge with the one "big name" club who aren't even in Manchester!!!!! yes money talks - so what price an event that they consider "small"
04/06/2004 at 16:52
Off load the great run to Liverpool the city council there would sell its soul to the devil for any publicity.
05/06/2004 at 08:19
Has any one read the add for City of Norwich 5k's that read come and do a pb - then it says it will be stopped at 20 mins because the police say so. So that rules us plodders out.

Does anyone remember the Rutland Water mini Marathon another race lost on police say so. But think this was more down to the fact that the bike shops round rutland water laost revenue on that day and complained about the runners.

Peterborough City Centre races were lost because of Sunday opening.

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