Weymouth’s Ironman 70.2 has been cancelled due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19
This afternoon in a joint statement between IRONMAN, Weymouth Town Council and Dorset Council the event has been pulled following local concerns about safety during the pandemic.
The statement reads:
In a meeting earlier this week, Dorset’s multi-agency Safety Advisory Group was satisfied that IRONMAN’s proposed health and safety measures were well thought through and that participants, staff and the wider public would have been sufficiently protected from potential COVID-19 infection.However, following discussions at both Dorset Council and Weymouth Town Council yesterday (12 August), councillors have requested that IRONMAN reschedule the race to 2021, citing local community concerns around such a large event taking place during the pandemic and their feeling that the timing just isn’t right at the moment.
The event was met with wide-spread criticism after organisers sent out road closure maps ahead of a final decision being made by Dorset Council earlier this month.
The statement also addresses those who have already registered for the event which was going to take place in September:
Athletes that are registered for the event are receiving an email with further details. While we are prevented from holding the event in 2020, we are looking forward to providing athletes with an exceptional event experience in the future.
More to follow…