TWO athletics events scheduled for this week have been cancelled, organisers have confirmed.
July’s Armada Summer 5k Series run was due to take place on Wednesday evening at 7pm. However, with most of the country keen to watch England’s World Cup semi-final against Croatia at the same time, officials made the decision to call it off.
Race director Paul Ross said: “After much debate at a meeting (on Monday night) we took the decision to cancel the July 5K event.
“We had initially planned to postpone for a week but then realised this may have an adverse affect on other events put on by our member clubs.
“The next 5k will now be on August 8 – this event is also a Network Grand Prix event.”
Meanwhile, Sunday’s Devon Open Series event that was due to be held at Tavistock has also been cancelled with so many athletes and officials at events elsewhere this weekend.
A host of athletes from the region are taking part at the English Schools’ Track and Field Championship in Birmingham on Friday and Saturday and others are competing at the Southern Athletics League event in Aldershot.
Many of the local officials are also away for three days, while Sunday also sees the Plymouth Triathlon, the Wimbledon final and the World Cup final, which could also reduce numbers.
“Putting on events is neither simple nor inexpensive, a number of items need to be pre-ordered and cost incurred,” said Tavistock Athletic Club chair Alistair Kinsey.
“The odds seem stacked against us this time round. It was considered to run the event earlier and finish earlier. This would take addition support and a bit of luck and all clubs that support the event feel this is too big an ask given the activities that are scheduled this weekend.”
Tavistock, however, will host the final Devon Open Series event on August 12 after North Devon agreed to switch it from Braunton.
Tavistock will also hold their popular relays on Thursday, July 19, in Meadows Park. Clubs, school, work and social teams can still enter that event, which sees four members of a team run 1.1 mile.
Other sporting events to be postponed or cancelled this week, include Plymouth Argyle’s pre-season match at Callington at the Devon Touch Rugby Festival at Newton Abbot.