Covid puts a stop to Ayrshire's Go! Festival
Organisers still plan to deliver a 2021 event that is 'exceedingly enjoyable and as safe as possible' just not this spring
The Organisers of Ayrshire’s Go! Festival have abandoned their April date in favour of one later in the summer, as yet to be determined. Ayrshire’s only mass participation half marathon event – ‘with a route steeped in Scottish history’– was due to have been held on Saturday, 24 April.
The first Go! Festival was held in September 2019; the 2020 event was cancelled due to the coronavirus.
In their announcement, organisers say that they hope to deliver the festival in an ‘adapted format’ in a few months’ time. The move to late summer should allow them to ‘accommodate any further changes and developments over the coming months and subject all event plans to a thorough Covid-19 assessment and review process’.
Organisers plan to contact everyone already registered for the closed-roads half marathon, 10K or Family Cycle offered by the Festival as soon as further details are confirmed.
Like other organisers, the vaccine programme has given the Go! Festival team hope that their event will be able to take place later in the year, ‘whilst also maintaining high standards of public health’, but they do ask that runners be understanding about any changes that might need to be made.
They write: “It is important that (runners) are aware that certain elements of the event such as entertainment are likely to be postponed for 2021 while we concentrate on the safe delivery of an adapted format event. We are however doing everything we can to deliver the event as close to the originally intended format as possible in 2022.”
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