Kilbarchan AAC’s Elsepth Curran on her way to Scottish 10-mile title for 2019 at the Tom Scott Road Races last year (photo by Bobby Gavin)
The Scottish 10-Mile Champs will not take place in 2020 following the announcement of the cancellation of the Tom Scott Road Races.
Organisers have confirmed that despite rearranging the popular event from April to Saturday 15 August for this year, the continuing uncertainty over the status of mass gatherings and Covid-19 restrictions forced a call-0ff.
The Tom Scott Road Races are now looking at a date for 4 April 2021 to reconvene at Strathclyde Park.
As with the original date in April earlier this year, all athletes now have the opportunity to either defer until 2021 or to withdraw and receive a full refund. The deadline to indicate your preference is 31 July 2020.
Athletes can indicate their preference by completing the below form:
Organiser Bobby Hill of Law and District AAC said: ‘We’re extremely disappointed to have to make this decision as we know how much everyone was looking forward to getting back to racing.
‘We did consider a range of options to allow the event to take place with an alternative format but in the short term it is clear that the logistical challenges involved to ensure the safety of all participants and volunteers are insurmountable.
‘Thank you again for your continued support – we hope to see you once again in April 2021.’
Start-line action from the Stirling 10k last September (photo by Bobby Gavin)
The Stirling 10k due to take place in September has been cancelled.
Race organisers Central AC have announced the decision on the basis of some Covid-19 restrictions likely to still be in place at that time and taking into account the ‘range of risks and other factors’.
‘In the light of uncertainty around restrictions likely to be in place around that time (September 13) and concern for the safety of participants, spectators and club volunteers, it was felt the most sensible course of action was to cancel,’ said the club.
‘While this is a disappointment, we hope you understand that the safety of participants and the quality of experience for athletes and their supporters who come along to spectate are our primary concern.’
Refunds will be distributed to those who had entered the Stirling 10k, which has been the Scottish 10k a number of times in recent years.
The Monument Mile organisers remain very hopeful of delivering their event in Stirling on Friday 18 September.
That determination is evidenced by now having re-scheduled the event twice, rather than cancel, and with Covid-19 restrictions starting to ease there’s a feeling that this could be the key middle distance event in Scotland in what will clearly be a shortened track and field season.
Entries continue to come in the Men’s A race now looks to be highly competitive with those on the list currently including Andy Butchart, Alastair Hay, Jame Crowe, Kane Elliott, Stephen Mackay, Jonny Glen, Michael Ferguson, Grant Sheldon and James Donald.