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Torbay Half 'will now return next year'

This year's Torbay Half Marathon - which was originally due to take place this weekend - has been cancelled.

Organisers had postponed the event until September but now say they'll hold it next year instead due to the pandemic and ongoing restrictions.

The annual half marathon - which is one of our region's biggest - raises thousands of pounds for charity.

The coastal run would have included a 10k distance this year and organisers say they have 'sought advice and reviewed all options and made the tough decision to cancel this year's event entirely'.

Race Director, Greg Fine said: “We had hoped to run the postponed event in September, however social distancing will be with us for some time yet. 

"Ocean Healthcare Torbay Half Marathon has always been and always will be committed to both runners and spectators health and safety and experience- we can not be confident that we can safely accommodate our runners whilst still creating the event we have all grown to love.”

"The event attracts nearly two thousand runners from all over the country and is a popular event for locals too - with crowds lining the route along the seafront from Paignton to Torquay. 

"It is also generously supported by many local companies including Ocean Healthcare, Kitsons, Bays Brewery and Ocean Torbay. It is a not-for-profit event helping to raise thousands for local charities including Torbay Holiday Helpers Network and Rowcroft Hospice.

“We also have to balance the financial impact- we need to have a certain number of runners to ensure costs are covered, we can’t run the risk of running this event at a loss. We felt it best to put our efforts into ensuring the longevity of this event and look to 2021. We urge runners, experienced or novice, to sign up now.” added Greg.

Next year's event will take place on Sunday 27th June and runners can sign up now via the website www.torbayhalfmarathon.co.uk

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