It is with deep regret that Fleet & Crookham AC, organisers of the annual Fleet Half Marathon have made the very difficult decision that based on the current weather forecast it is not safe for the event to take place on 18/03/18. This takes into consideration the Met Office Amber weather warning forecast for set up day, Saturday night and Sunday morning and the risk of snow/ice build-up on the route and wind chill on race day of -8 degrees.
This decision has not been taken lightly and it is very disappointing for everyone involved. However following specific advice from our Event Medical Provider, discussions with other bodies including HART District Council Safety Advisory Team and discussions within the organising team, the duty of care towards not only our runners, but all of our volunteers and organising team who will be outside for long periods of time across the whole of the weekend and the wider public is paramount.
The event set up takes many hours. Several aspects of the run e.g. some water stations, medal hanging/goody bag distribution are completed by some fantastic junior supporters and our duty of care towards under 18's is even greater. In light of the current weather warnings particularly around wind chill factor, but also snow and ice, we believe that this was the only decision we could make.
We will be looking at all possible options including whether the event could be reinstated for a later date. But I am sure you appreciate staging this event takes a lot of work, all by volunteers, across about 9 months and it is many factors and organisations which allow it to happen. At this point in time we do not know how easy it would be to re-stage in the short term and indeed at what additional cost to us. Please hold onto your race number until a decision has been announced.
We are of course very sorry for this decision - we know all of our runners look forward to running at Fleet and have many reasons for doing it. For any of you who know us as organisers, you will know how passionate we are about the Fleet Half Marathon, and it will come as no surprise to you that we are all truly sorry we have had no choice but to make this difficult decision.
Race Director Fleet 1/2M
Fleet & Crookham AC
Registered Address: PO Box 1, Fleet, Hants. GU52 8GU
Fleet & Crookham AC Registered Charity 1156074
Helping to raise funds for the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation and the
provision of facilities and coaching for all running/athletics disciplines in the Fleet area.
Organisers of the Fleet pre-London Half Marathon and the Fleet 10km.