Dear competitors, marshals, and supporters,
There’s a lot of unknowns surrounding the current pandemic sweeping across the globe right now. We don’t know how many people are going to be affected, how long it will last, how long social distancing will be the new norm, or how long emergency services are unable to offer their support to events. So we’ve had to make decisions based on what we do know.
And we know this: we cannot in good conscience host an event that relies on the cooperation of the RNLI, Mountain Rescue, Coast Guard, and other vital emergency services during a time when they may very well be depleted and in high demand across the UK. It would be socially irresponsible to ask our competitors and marshals to put themselves into situations that directly contravene current WHO recommendations. It would not be fair of us to send packs of marshals, runners, and sailors who may be unwittingly carrying strains of this coronavirus into small communities along the coast of Scotland.
So we have very regretfully taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Scottish Islands Peaks Race. We very much hope that the situation will be well under control by the middle of May and this will be looked back upon as an over reaction. We would rather be on that side of history.
We also understand how much planning and effort and expense each team puts into getting to the start line and how disappointing this will be for all of you. Please know that it is incredibly disappointing for us as well. It is not a decision taken lightly or happily.
We hope everyone weathers this storm hale and hearty, and takes this year off as the perfect opportunity to get in some extra training and strategising to attack the 2021 SIPR with strength and enthusiasm.
Those of you that have paid your entry fee already have a choice of a full refund or moving your entry fee to next year’s race. Just let us know what your preference is.
Toben, Sarah, and Alison
From the SIPR org team