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What an appalling decision by the jokers at the council. Although the JT "Run for all" 10k is a very worthwile event it cannot replace the half-marathon.
Leeds half-mara was the first race I did and it was the goal I needed to start running. Completing a half-mara gives a real sense of achievment to a beginner after months of training, unlike a "fun" 10k which most reasonably fit people can do with minimal preparation.
I'll be protesting about this and also about the 'Working Together To Get Leeds Active' motto which, after this decision is just laughable.
A pi$$ed off Browneye.
Comments here.Lets let the council know how we feel!And yes their motto is laughable in the light of this decision.
I think the problem goes deeper here than one of simply wanting to support one race over another. As stoxy points out there are problems regarding police support and road closures for all races in the West Yorkshire region. My own club has had police refusing to support our annual road race (and Yorkshire championship). They say that we have to apply for an official road closure from Highways. Highways say we need to deal with the police. With no police sanction we are unlikely to get a permit. Negotiations continue but 4 months after we started them we seem no further forward. 'Sport for all'? Looks like sport for large, expensive races run by profit making organisations and charities to me.
Leeds 1/2 was my first ever race and got me into running after 20 years as a football playing smoker. Deplorable decision by Leeds City Council.
I took the liberty of starting a new thread to get more attention. I quite agree that if we sit down and take it now how many more events will we lose.
Claudibird: "(obviously I'm also saying this for some selfish reasons as I'm now doing the Sheffield HM in April and the London 10,000 in May )"
Thanks for the links Bob & Stoxy. Would be a good idea if anyone attached to a club raised the issue at their next club meeting. Mass letters from clubs would have more impact maybe? (Not that individuals shouldn't write too).
So much for a healthy start to 2008!
Having both run and marshalled the event, I know how popular it was with both runners and spectators, not to mention the impact it has for local businesses. The city centre on Sunday mornings is usually dead but this event brings thousands to Leeds, many of whom stay for the weekend, raising the city's profile nationally and even internationally.
This is such a short-sighted decision, and one taken with no attempt at all by the City Council to consult local clubs who might have been able to help move the event to a different date or suggest other solutions. I'm a member of Abbey Runners and our committee is planning our reaction too.
Valley Striders, Leeds