Kirkcaldy half marathon cancelled for second year

Kirkcaldy’s half marathon will not go ahead this year.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 7:37 am
Updated Friday, 30th April 2021, 7:39 am

The event was cancelled after a meeting of the organising committee last night.

Uncertainty around COVID and its impact on large events left it with the “extremely difficult decision” to pull the plug for the second year in a row.

The race was due to be held at the end of August.

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Kirkcaldy Half Marathon - Derek Rae wins the inaugural 2019 event (Pic: George McLuskie)

Allan Harley, chairman, said the continued uncertainty over pandemic regulations was a major factor on its decision.

He said: “We would shortly need to commit thousands of pounds to this event - money that comes from entry fees.

“We did not feel comfortable asking for money with no guarantee that the event would go ahead and knowing that, if cancelled, we would not be able to refund all of the money.”

The half marathon was a huge success in its inaugural year its inaugural year, bringing huge numbers into town to see the closing stages at Beveridge Park.

It re-branded to become Kirkcaldy Parks Running Festival, and organisers were looking forward to a return this year.

But while the flagship event won’t happen, they are pressing ahead with a first ever 10K trail.

Added Mr Harley: “It has always been our intention to expand the running festival to incorporate other runs - just not so soon!

“Crucially, the logistics of a 10K mean that we need to commit less money at a much later time, so greatly reducing the chance of anyone being out of pocket. “

The event will take place on August 29.

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