The Great Bristol 10k and Great Bristol Family Run, which were due to take place on May 3, have been cancelled because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Organisers have confirmed that all entrants will be able to claim a refund.
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Great Run Company chief executive, Paul Foster, said: “We understand this will be disappointing news to over 12,000 people who were planning to take part, but the safety of participants, spectators and of all those associated with the staging of the events is always our number one priority.
“We would also like to highlight the fantastic support we get from health professionals at our events, many of whom work with us on a voluntary basis. We know they will be dealing with additional pressure both in their work and personal lives at this time.
“We want to thank all of our participants and partners for their continued support and understanding.”
Foster said that many people taking on the challenge would have been doing so for charity; and at this time charity donations are probably more important than ever before.
He added: “Event day is only a small part of the challenge our runners take on, they put in a huge amount of preparation and training in the weeks and months before. They should be able to celebrate that achievement.
“We encourage those who were signed up to run the event to recognise all the hard work they have already put in and to consider still passing on the money raised to the charity if possible.”
Main photo: Great Run Company