Local authorities confirmed today that they have withdrawn permission for Blitzrun to use Burnley’s parks for a half marathon event which the independent company had been organising for Sunday 25 March 2018.
This decision has been taken because Blitzrun have failed to supply an appropriate traffic management plan by the final deadline which was issued to them.
On this basis, they do not have and will not have permission to run a race on the highway: provisional permission to use park space had been given on the condition that the traffic management plan would be finalised by now.
Mike Waite, Chair of the Burnley Events Safety Advisory Group, said: “we are aware that this event has been publicised in a range of places, including websites which list upcoming races. The route had been set to take in the Long Causeway towards Hebden Bridge. We have informed the organisations which run the websites that the race organisers do not in fact have permission to go ahead. Anyone who has registered for the 25 March race, or who has any queries, should contact the race organisers Blitzrun. In particular, anyone who has paid a registration fee for the 25March and is seeking a refund should contact Blitzrun.
“The Events Safety Advisory Group, which includes Burnley Council, the Police and Lancashire County Council, work with many independent organisations who wish to organise events, so that they run their events safely and properly. On the rare occasions when an organisation does not follow our requirements and advice, it is necessary to withdraw any provisional approvals which had been given to the event.
“We will of course continue to work with other charities, companies and groups who are organising events properly and successfully”.
It was confirmed that the town’s biggest running event of the year is definitely still on and is going ahead. This is the Burnley 10k, organised by Run For All with support from the Asda Foundation. The 2018 Burnley 10k race takes place on Sunday 15 July, and begins and finishes in Towneley Park, outside the majestic Towneley Hall. Click here for more information on the Burnley 10k.