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Kintyre’s single biggest sporting event is to make a come-back this year after being cancelled in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Mull of Kintyre 10K and Half-Marathon Run (MOKRUN) committee is hoping to hold the usual annual event in Campbeltown on Sunday May 30.
Gail Williams, race director, said: ‘We hope that restrictions, which are currently in place due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be lifted by then, and that the event can go ahead, albeit with new measures in place, intended to limit close contact between runners and to keep everyone safe.’
There will not be a registration tent at this year’s event, with all race numbers being posted out instead, and race information emailed to participants in advance.
The 106 places which were not deferred from 2020 will not be released, reducing the number of participants, in order to assist with social distancing. Everyone who did not request a refund of their 2020 entry fee has a place in the 2021 race.
All other Covid-secure measures to be introduced will be explained in the race information email, issued closer to the time.
Gail added: ‘Unfortunately, there will not be the usual post-race ceilidh in 2021, as we feel it is unlikely to be acceptable to hold an indoor event of that size in May.
‘However, this is a part of the traditional event weekend which we will bring back in future years.’
Entries for the junior race, to be held on Saturday May 29, will not be opened until closer to the time, when organisers can be certain that the event can go ahead – as much notice as possible will be given before race entry opening through the group’s website (www.mokrun.com) and Facebook page (@mokrun).
In the event that public gatherings of this size are still unable to be staged in May, the race will become a virtual event, where participants will be invited to complete a 10K or half-marathon distance in their home area between May 30 and June 13, and submit proof of their run. T-shirts and medals will be posted out to participants on completion.
Gail said: ‘It is fully the committee’s intention to host a live event, but we acknowledge that if this is not possible then a virtual race is the best alternative, after the cancellation of the 2020 event. We hope to see you in May 2021. Stay safe.’