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Coronavirus outbreak leads to cancellation of RunBalmoral running weekend on Royal Deeside

By Craig Christie

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The RunBalmoral athletics event is the latest sporting occasion to be cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Run Balmoral 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus oandemic
Run Balmoral 2020 has been cancelled due to the coronavirus oandemic

Contested across various routes through the Balmoral Estate in Royal Deeside, the event was scheduled for the weekend of April 18 and 19.

A family event with races for all ages and abilities, the weekend attracts entries from across the north as well as all over the UK and overseas.

It is the first time in its 23-year history that RunBalmoral will not take place.

A RunBalmoral spokesperson said: "We appreciate this is disappointing but is unavoidable given the health risks facing the nation at this time.

"We have looked at the options for rescheduling this year, but with the continuing uncertainty over how long the coronavirus crisis may last as well as other potential commitments on Balmoral Estate, this is, unfortunately, not possible.

"This has been a difficult decision and we have been working hard on all fronts to ensure the continued viability and success of our event in the future."

Anyone who entered the event this year can roll their entry over into 2021, when it will be held on April 17 and 18, or alternatibvely apply for a refund.

Visit www.runbalmoral.com and click on the 'My Entry Preference' button, login to your RunBalmoral account, click the 'Make Your 2021 Entry Preference', and for each entry choose your preference.

This must be done before July 31, otherwise entrants will forfeit their entry fee and their place in the 2021 event.

Refunds in adult races will be the race entry fee minus £5 admin fee (which covers banking and other charges incurred). Full refunds will be given for the primary and secondary races if required.

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