Inverness Half Marathon and 5K is officially cancelled
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THE Inverness Half Marathon and 5K will not take place this year after organisers made the decision to cancel the event.
The announcement was made on Thursday morning that due to the impact of the pandemic, the running event will not take place on Sunday, May 16.
It is the first time in the 36-year history of the event that it has been forced to cancel.
A spokesman for the Inverness Half Marathon says it is not possible to find an alternative date this year.
They said: "We have been monitoring the situation very closely over the last few weeks.
"Following consultation with government agencies, local authorities and emergency services, it is clear that due to the current COVID-19 situation and the ongoing level of restrictions in Scotland, an event of this size cannot go ahead in May.
"The health, safety and welfare of our participants, volunteers, staff, stakeholders and the local community is at the heart of everything we do and will always remain our priority.
"We are extremely disappointed to have to take this decision and we are very grateful for the ongoing support from runners, our stakeholders, event partners and our local community.
"We understand the many weeks of training required to prepare for a half marathon and we are also mindful that many runners will be fundraising for charity. With this in mind, we are working on some exciting plans for a virtual event."
All runners with a place in the 2021 event will have their entry automatically transferred to the 2022 event scheduled for Sunday, March 13 next year.