Felixstowe: Support for new 10-mile race after half marathon abandoned for second time
SPORT bosses in Suffolk today gave their backing to a running group’s dream of starting a 10-mile race in the resort.
The Felixstowe half marathon, organised by the Felixstowe Road Runners, has been cancelled for the second year in a row and the group have admitted the race is now unlikely to return.
But plans are now in motion to host a shorter 10-mile event in the resort and it is hoped the inaugural event could take place next year,
Terry McEntee, operations manager at Suffolk Sport, has praised the group for their work in ensuring a race will still be held in the town.
He said: “For me it’s fantastic to see a local club like the Felixstowe Road Runners organising an event which will be open to all but also provide an opportunity for people to participate in sport on their doorstep.”
It is hoped people who took part in the half marathon will be willing to compete in the new race.
Mr McEntee added: “It’s still a considerable distance but it’s shorter and would suit people who are less experienced a little better.”
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Last year’s half marathon was cancelled after police raised concerns about competitors running on live roads and officers and organisers failed to agree on a new route.
The scaled-down race is expected to focus more on the seafront and minor roads in the town to avoid any major safety issues.