The British Heart Foundation’s Peak District mountain bike challenge, due to take place on April 4th, has been postponed until later in the year due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The escalating and ever-changing Coronavirus situation has resulted in an increasing number of events cancelled or postponed across-the-board, including major sporting events such as the Euro 2020 finals and the Grand National. Whilst disappointing, it comes as little surprise that the BHF have made the difficult decision to postpone their always-popular mountain bike event.
Emma Rowlandson, Fundraising Events Manager at the BHF, tells us more:
In light of the recent outbreak of COVID-19, we have taken the sad but necessary decision to postpone our Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge, which was due to take place on Saturday 4th April.
This is a disappointing step to take, but we are doing so with the wellbeing and best interests of our participants, volunteers and suppliers at the forefront of our minds. The safety of everyone involved in BHF events is and always will remain paramount, so we hope you understand the decision.
Part of the government’s announcement yesterday, alluded to the fact that they would not be able to support mass gatherings. This in effect, withdraws the availability of emergency services – thus, we cannot in good conscious deliver these events to a standard that we would deem safe.
I’m sure the impact of this pandemic is being felt across the industry and with that in mind, we will be looking to resolve everything with our suppliers as promptly as possible. Please let us know therefore if you have any immediate questions or concerns.
In the meantime we will be working on rescheduling the event for later in the year and will notify you once this has been confirmed.
Thank you for your understanding.
The BHF Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge is a popular event on the MTB events calendar, and winner of our 2018 event of the year. Peak District MTB members and volunteers marshal the event, and some of the money raised from the event goes back into maintaining the trails. It’s disappointing that it has had to be postponed, but we respect the BHF’s reasons for doing so. We’ll share news of the rescheduled date as soon as we know.
For the latest info on this event, check out the BHF website..