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Festival of Running Update - January 2021

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Dear Runners,

Over the last few weeks, we have been carefully watching the direction of the pandemic and the likelihood of an easing of restrictions to enable the Festival of Running to proceed on March 21st.

It is becoming increasingly clear that a sufficient easing of restrictions is unlikely to be made at the Government's mid-February review, so we have taken the difficult decision to reschedule the event once more.

We are working hard with stakeholders to identify a suitable date later in the year which gives the event every chance of finally taking place. We are encouraged by the rollout of the vaccination programme and the early signs of a downturn in the number of new cases. We also remain confident in our plans for a COVID-Secure event given the experience we have gained operating Coventry University’s asymptomatic testing centre. We will announce the new date by the beginning of March.

FoR Coventry has always promised participants that their registration fee is safe; back in October we offered all runners the following options:

  • RUN: Transfer their entry to the rescheduled date or undertake a Virtual Run
  • DONATE: Donate their entry fee to our official Partner Charities
  • REFUND: Claim a refund

We will be offering the same options for all currently registered participants. Full details on a confirmed new date, Virtual Race plans and donate/refund options will be sent to all participants via e-mail by the beginning of March.

In November we were delighted that our Virtual Run fundraisers and donation of entry fees raised more than £20,000 for local charities, funds that were desperately needed in such a challenging year. We hope that many of you will take up these options once again as well as join us at the physical event later this year when we will finally be able to run in celebration.

Thank you so much for your continued support. Please take care, keep safe and stay positive.

The FoR Coventry Team

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