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Ilminster 10k is cancelled
10:08am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
ILMINSTER Lions Club has announced that its annual 10k charity road race has been cancelled due to an unexpected hike in administration charges.
Somerset County Council has taken on res-ponsibility for road closures from South Som-erset District Council and a new pricing structure has been implemented which would have meant race organisers having to increase the entry fee for runners.
The club has, therefore, taken the decision to cancel this year’s event, which was set for Sunday, November 3, but is consulting with runners to get their views on possible future events.
A Lions spokesman said: “The decision was taken because the club faced a significant increase in the cost of mounting the event through new charges being raised by the county council, who are now responsible for road closures, and health and safety issues.
“We decided it would be inappropriate to pass on these new costs to the runners in the form of an increase in the race entry fees, and with great reluctance we’ve decided to cancel the 2013 race.”
The 10k has been an annual fixture in Ilmin-ster for 20-odd years, and in that time it has involved 5,000 runners and helped to raise £50,000 for various charities.
The Lions spokesman said: “All previous runners and people who help with the event are in the process of being advised.
“We’re consulting runners to try to get some ideas of what sort of event they would be willing to support in the future.”
Ilminster’s county council representative Cllr Linda Vijeh said she would be looking to see if a solution could be found to save the 10k.
“I was dismayed and concerned to receive notification of the intended cancellation of this year’s 10k event,” she said.
“As county councillor I will be pursuing this on behalf of Ilminster Lions in an effort to find a solution that will enable this annual event, which has become something of an Ilminster institution, to go ahead as planned.”
A Somerset County Council spokesman said: “Road closures for sporting events such as the Ilminster 10k are dealt with under Special Events legislation where there is a need to make traffic orders and advertise the closures in the local press.
“We do not have a budget to pay for this and so have to pass these costs on to the event organiser.
“SCC is continuing to look at possible ways to reduce costs and any savings will be passed on.”
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