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Popular Whissendine 6ix race has been cancelled for the second successive year

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Organisers of the popular Whissendine 6ix race have vowed to come back stronger after being forced to cancel the running event for the second successive year.

The six-mile race – which starts and finishes in the Rutland village – was due to take place in July as part of the Feast Week.

However, despite the gradual easing of the current coronavirus restrictions, race organisers felt there was still too much uncertainly to push ahead with their plans.

Matthew Kingston-Lee of Grantham Running Club on his way to winning the Whissendine 6ix in 2019.
Matthew Kingston-Lee of Grantham Running Club on his way to winning the Whissendine 6ix in 2019.

Race director Ian Arnold explained: “While the Government has issued its guidelines for the progressive easing of the lockdown restrictions, there is still a degree of uncertainty about hosting events such as the Whissendine 6ix and control measures that may be required to be put in place to maintain participant and spectator safety.

“Our committee is very small and we lost a key member last year to relocation. We have been debating what is sensible with regard to the 2021 race.

“Unfortunately, our difficult decision has been to not hold an event in 2021 and focus on having a superb restriction free event in 2022. We hope that everyone will understand and support us when we return next year.”

The race was last staged in 2019 - the 34th running of the event - and the committee are determined to return again next year.

Arnold added: “As most of you will know we feature the event as part of the Whissendine feast week celebrations and these will also be reduced to those events where social distancing can still be observed but that is something almost impossible to achieve for the 6ix.

“We did debate moving it to later in the year, but part of the fun and ‘specialness’ of the event is the crowd and party atmosphere on the village green at the finish which would be sadly missing.

“Please be rest assured that this is not a Machiavellian way of stopping the race because it will be back.”

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