Article by BHM
March 17, 2021 at 10:50 am
In light of the Government’s recent publication of the UK’s roadmap out of lockdown and with less than 4 months to go until race day (or 3.5 weeks if you prefer!), we wanted to update you on our planning around this year’s event.
The roadmap sets out steps, with timelines, for moving out of lockdown and has clear implications for the delivery of outdoor events such as ours.
The good news is of course is that the timescales identified would place our event beyond the current date by which restrictions will have ended.
Whilst we welcome the announcement, we are realistic about the implications for our planning if there is any slippage in the timescales identified by the Government, and for that reason we believe it is still sensible to continue to plan on the basis of delivering a COVID secure event, namely:
- Halving the number of general registration places to this year’s event
- Introducing social distancing measures at the start/finish area
- Staggered start lines based on race pen allocation
- Race village restricted to runner-only entry
- Reducing or removing potential touch points at the event – including baggage, goody bags and drinks stations
- Increased sanitation points around the event
- Removing the Youth Races from our program
There are areas of detail that the Government will update over the coming weeks and we are in regular contact with the local authority to ensure that we are aware of any developments locally in Brighton & Hove and on a more national scale that might affect delivery of the event in June.
We will continue to keep you updated.
The Brighton Half Marathon team