This past weekend RunThrough Events hosted the Cheshire Half Marathon at Capesthorne Hall, becoming the first organiser to attempt to host a covid secure and road closed event of this scale.
With the steady return of road running and a palpable keenness amongst the wider public and participants, there has been cautious progress made by event organisers wanting to return to organising events after the covid-19 lockdown happened in March.
The event at Capesthorne Hall attracted Olympic athletes Jonny Mellor and Ross Millington along with other hopefuls competing in the upcoming London Marathon elite race on October 4th.
RunThrough Director Matt Wood said:
“We are pleased with how the event went, the nature of a road closed event means there are more factors involved than your normal park based or private venue based events. We believe that in order to move the industry back to relative normal it is incumbent on us to host events like this to set the standard moving forward.
We have hosted running and triathlon events with covid secure methods in place at every kind of venue now across multiple distances. Around 10% of all cancelled events in the UK were RunThrough events and the road back to normality is one that will take some time but we are determined to take on the responsibility for driving this forward.
Our covid-19 framework has been a base for councils, venues and other event organisers like park run to bring their events back and we are happy to share this with anyone who requires it.”
The organisers head to the famous Goodwood racecourse this upcoming weekend for their running grand prix which includes the marathon distance.