Cancellation of Notts AAA Summer League Race 1 - Epperstone
The following letter has been received from Peter Tatton, Chairman & Acting Secretary of Notts AAA Road Race Sub-Committee, explaining the reasons behind the cancellation of the above race. It makes depressing reading, and is a sign of the difficulties which lie in the way of efforts to stage road races from now on, even ones which have taken place most successfully for years. I know that Peter, and Southwell Running Club tried their best to overcome the arguments against staging the race,but were unable to obtain a race licence, without a commitment to having to pay a significant fee for professional road traffic management of the course.
"I regret to inform you that race 1 of this year's Summer League has had to be cancelled.
This is due to the impossibilty of getting a licence to run the race on the planned course at a reasonable cost.
In previous years licence applications went to the local County Licensing Officer Derek Poole who was able to use his judgment & experience as to the safety of the course. The position of CLO no longer exists & applications are made direct to England Athletics & include the proviso that contact has been made with both the Police & the County Highways Authority.
Neither the Highways Authority or the Police are prepared to give their blessing to the event taking place unless a Traffic Regulation Order is in place to close the roads whilst the event is taking place. This involves the use of a separate Traffic Management company to put the relevant signage in place. Various road or part road races in the county have already been forced into this situation this year & the prices has been in the £ high hundreds or £'000s .
The economics of the Summer League do not allow for expenditure of this magnitude. Expenses from the hosting clubs came to £423 in total last year, but after provision of medals etc the overall surplus was only £38.
I would like to thank all those members of Southwell RC who have striven to overcome the obstacles put in their way.
The clubs represented at yesterday's Road Running Sub- Committee (minutes attached) decided that if Epperstone was to be cancelled the 2013 Summer League would be contested over 4 venues only.
The licence for the May run at Holme Pierrepont has been granted.
The remit of Highways & Police individuals involved in the Epperstone application does not cover the entire county.
Licence applications for later races in the series still in progress."
Notts AAA Road Race Sub-Committeee.
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