The popular Abbots Langley Tough Ten race has been cancelled this year due to the ongoing pandemic.
The event’s committee said in a statement: “Sadly, due to the current pandemic, government restrictions and uncertain future, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Tough Ten Race.
“This also includes the Curry Night at the Abbots Tandoori in September. We rely completely on volunteer support and it is felt by the committee that it is safer not to continue with the race this year. However, we are planning on hosting a Curry Night in the early part of 2021 to kickstart preparations for the Tough Ten Race 2021.”
Despite the disappointing news, the committee is already making preparations for the 2021 race, which will be on Sunday, October 3 next year.
They added: “Each year we need race makers to support us on the day – 50 race marshals, water station attendants, car park attendants and the registration team. Without race makers the race could not go ahead; you all do a sterling job to ensure the runners maximise their race potential.
“It is a very sociable event to be involved with and it is hard not to get buoyed up by all those runners beating the odds, racing uphill, across country, and finally returning to the park. A fine way to spend a Sunday morning, encouraging runners who have completed the 10K race toward the finish line, proud of their achievement.
“If you have friends or relatives racing you can still support them whilst helping at a Marshall Point. No experience is necessary, just pointing the runners in the right direction, training is included. Without this support the event cannot happen and local groups will miss out on vital funds.”
If you would like to be involved in this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of ‘Racemaker’.