Half-marathon cancelled with two days notice after organisers fall sick

Around 1500 participants of the Falkirk half-marathon were told the event was cancelled with two days notice.

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A half-marathon has been cancelled with two days notice after two of it’s organisers fell sick.

The Falkirk half-marathon was due to take place on Sunday, November 19, but around 1,500 participants were told it was cancelled on Thursday.

Organisers Run Afan said they were cancelling the marathon as two of it’s senior organisers were ill.

Managing director, Adam Newton, was struck down with a case of severe tonsillitis and head of operations, Lucy Driscoll, was admitted to hospital.

They also confirmed they are working with Falkirk Council and Police Scotland to establish a new date for the race.

Mr Newton said: “Due to the unexpected sickness of two members of our staff, we have had to postpone the race.

“We are currently working closely with the local authority and Police Scotland to determine a new date for the event.

“However, as you may know, these matters require careful consideration and can take some time.

“I regret to inform you that over the past 24 hours, both my team and staff including myself have been subjected to abuse, threats, and unacceptable behaviour.

“We understand how important it is to keep all participants informed about the latest developments regarding the race.

“Rest assured that we will provide updates in the coming days as soon as we have finalized alternative arrangements.”

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