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Finchley 20 and Hillingdon 10

Dear Runners

It is with deep disappointment that the Finchley 20 and Hillingdon 10 is cancelled after receiving advice from UK Athletics.

Below is the letter we have received from Dr Natasha Beach who is UK Athletics’ medical advisor:

Adverse Weather – UKA Advice to Endurance Events for the Weekend of the 17th -18th March 2018

The Met Office has issued yellow and amber (potential threat to life) weather warnings for much of the UK this weekend.

The real feel temperature is due to drop in many areas into single or double minus figures, with predicted strong wind speeds and to varying degrees, snow is also likely to fall.

Events that are due to take place should give serious consideration to the impact that the weather will place on the welfare of the runners, and any staff, volunteers, stewards etc. involved.

Consideration should also be given to the potential issues with transport systems, (including the ability to transfer injured or unwell participants, spectators etc. by ambulance) and the natural impact cold weather has on the workload of any receiving hospitals.

For events affected by these weather warnings we strongly suggest cancellation or postponement of your event for the benefit of everyone involved.

Whilst we can appreciate that this will disappoint some people unfortunately no refunds can be given. There is a considerable cost of staging an event, and the main costs to contractors, suppliers, administration etc are already committed well before race day. The remaining income from the race is also vital for the running of the community running club.

Once a date has been decided for the 2019 event you will be contacted again and you will be offered a free place in the event next year.

Once again we are deeply sorry for the cancellation of this year’s events and the inconvenience this may have caused you.