ORGANISERS of the Rotherham 10K have rescheduled next year’s date after realising it clashed with the last day of the football league season.
Initially, the third annual 10K race was due to be held on May 3 - but organisers have now pushed in back to Sunday, May 17.
Race organiser and Rotherham Harriers secretary, Steve Gaines, said: “We thought it would be a good idea to announce the 2020 date when we met to thank all those who had helped to make the 2019 event the success it was.
“We duly announced that the event was to be held on May 3 next year only to discover - about one week later - that the Football League had advised all clubs that the final league fixture date for 2020 was to be May 3 with a midday kick off.
“Given that our event road closure would have Westgate closed until five minutes after kick-off, we were left with no choice but to cancel the event on May 3.
“We had initially opted for May since the Maltby Triathlon was on May 10, and the Neurocare 10K event in Rother Valley country park was on May 17.
“We have subsequently talked to Neurocare and found that they were having problems with May 17.
“We are therefore swapping the dates - the Rotherham 10k will now be on May 17 and the Neurocare 10K on May 3.”
Around 530 runners took part in this year’s event, which started and ended in Clifton Park, helping to raise £2,235 for Age UK Rotherham.
Nearly 200, including teams from schools around the borough, also enjoyed the one-mile fun run.
The 2020 entry form for the Rotherham Advertiser-backed town centre run is available to online at www.rotherham10k.com.