This year’s Scottish Gas Edinburgh 10K and 5K has been cancelled, organisers have announced. In a statement issued via Edinburgh AC’s website, the race committee said a number of factors contributed to the decision.
The statement cited the following reasons: “Police Scotland have not for some years supported events such as ours – this consequently places a great deal of pressure on the organisers in terms of the safety of the participants.
“The City of Edinburgh Council have understandably been looking to minimise the costs to them in terms of staging running events and now charge for coning and the costs of arranging no parking zones.
“The number of free to enter events which in our case covers much the same course as our event, this has made it very difficult for us to build up the entry to our event and consequently cover the costs associated with staging the race. We lost our traditional date to JogScotland who this year are also using much the same course as we use.”
Organisers also expressed gratitude to those who have supported the race over the years: “We would like to put on record the support we have received over the past 15 years from Scottish Gas and more recently the support of Brooks. We would also like to thank all the volunteers who have given their time and effort over the years and last by no means least we need to thank Adrian Stott of Run and Become who has been unstinting in his support of this event and many others in the area over a very long time.”
For more information, visit the Edinburgh AC website.