Michael, it's the last one as West Yorkshire police have told us that this is the last year they will support the event in it's current format. They close the road at the start (by Morrisons up to the S bend at the bottom of Leeds and Bradford Rd) but apart from that it's just marshalled, and the amount of traffic and pedestrian interfaces through Rodley and particularly down New Road Side unfortunately in this Risk Assessment driven age, means from 2008 onwards, our annual race will be an off road event, like so many other local club races.
It's understandable from a health and safety point of view i guess. None of us at Kirkstall Harriers would want an accident to a runner. But it's kind of sad nevertheless, especially as the police seem too please to assist with larger profile events.
It would be great if as many people as possible supported this race this year as we've been told by the police that due to health and safety reasons, that this is probably the last year this event will be held.
We understand that it's not an easy course from a traffic / pedestrian segregation point of view. The police have helped us by closing the junction at the start and the S bend at the bottom of Leeds and Bradford Road, but there are lots of junctions that just rely on marshalls, and ultimately this isn't satisfactory in this day and age.
A shame as the more high profile events not just in Leeds but elsewhere continue to receive police and local authority support, whilst our humble 22 year old event loses out.
Options are already being looked at next year for an off road event, but 2007 looks like the last of the Kirkstall Abbey 10k road race.