Covid-19 Update – 1st July 2020
Firstly, on behalf of myself and everyone at Sublime Racing, from our Course Director to our hundreds of wonderful Race Makers, I would like to say thank you. I hugely appreciate the ongoing support, understanding and patience you have given us, allowing us the time and space to fully evaluate all options for delivering the Enervit Peterborough Marathon for you this September.
I hope that you and your family are safe and well and have not been impacted by the covid-19 crisis. If you have been touched by this awful crisis, our thoughts are with you.
I have detailed below an update on the Enervit Peterborough Marathon and the influences that have brought us to this decision.
The three main criteria upon which we have been monitoring the viability of the event from a Covid-19 point of view are as follows:
1. The Government would need to have removed all the restrictions on events with less than one thousand participants
2. The perception of the public and local residents would need to be such that it would be deemed ethical to run the event
3. We would need to be confident that it is safe to run the event for our staff, volunteers, runners and local residents
With a positive approach over the recent months we have progressed with our planning and contingencies with our stakeholders, including our sport’s governing body, Peterborough City Council and our event Venue, on the basis that should the ban on events be lifted we will be prepared and ready to stage the event.
With no clear understanding of when the Government will be able to lift this ban, it is impossible for our stakeholders to officially commit to the event and as such we are all progressing on a “What if” basis.
Of course, we continually assess the implications this uncertainty has on our runners preparing for the event. We feel that two-months is the minimum period for which we should offer absolute assurance that the event will go ahead, and we are simply not able to do that.
We are also extremely sensitive to the feelings and considerations of the residents who we affectionately refer to as our Race Neighbours. The restrictions around Covid-19 are starting to relax, however we are very aware that some of our Race Neighbours have been affected in the most devastating way by this crisis and we have to consider if September may be a little too soon for them even if the ban is lifted.
We are also very conscious of ensuring the safety of our Team, Race Makers, and of course our runners, and whilst we have many plans to significantly reduce the risk of transmission, there is no doubt that delaying the race further will reduce that challenge.
We are also incredibly passionate about the standard of event that we host. If you have taken part in a Sublime event before you will know the level of detail that goes into every aspect of the day. We are concerned that this will be heavily compromised by many of the mitigations that would need to be implemented, such as the lack of baggage, catering and beautiful venue setting.
With all the above in mind, we have made the very difficult but hopefully understandable decision to defer the event until 11th April 2021.
As Race Director of the Enervit Peterborough Marathon, I would like to personally apologise to Enervit, all of our runners and to the very special Sublime team, from the Directors to the Race Makers who are all volunteers, for the difficult challenges we have faced this year and to thank you again for your incredible support and understanding.
We will automatically transfer all remaining participants to the new date and send you notification once this has been processed. Please allow some time for this to take place. If you are not able to attend the new date of 11th April 2021, please email email@example.com and we will do our best to find an alternative event for you or to provide you with a Sublime Racing voucher to the same value.
We will be issuing an official statement about the Sublime TWENTY4 Festival within the next few days, both directly to all participants and via our social media platforms.
If you have any queries or questions about the Enervit Peterborough Marathon, would you kindly email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will deal with all queries as quickly as possible.
Once again, thank you so much for your kind patience and understanding during this very difficult time.
Martin & the Sublime Team.
Covid-19 Update – 5th May 2020
We know many of you will be wondering about the Enervit Peterborough Marathon planned for Sunday 13th September 2020, considering the current restrictions in place regarding the outbreak of COVID-19.
Most of the Sublime team are seasoned marathoners, so we totally understand how the uncertainty around mass participation events is so difficult for you at this time.
Not knowing if an event will be given the go ahead is very difficult, especially when you are preparing to invest huge amounts of time and effort in your training plan. We are currently 18 weeks out from the rescheduled date and we are aware that some of you will be embarking on your training plans, so we wanted to share with you everything we currently know and understand about the situation.
We are reviewing things regularly and we are constantly looking for some indication as to whether all or some events are likely to be given the go ahead by September. At this stage there is no clear answer so we have set out below the Criteria that we currently believe would need to be met for the event to go ahead.
We are geared up to run the Enervit Peterborough Marathon on September 13th, 2020 providing the following three criteria are met within a suitable time frame:
1. The Government has removed all the restrictions on events with less than one thousand participants
2. The perception of the public and local residents is such that it would be deemed ethical to run the event
3. We are confident that it is safe to run the event for our staff, volunteers, runners and local residents
There are some elements of the Enervit Peterborough Marathon that may well go in our favour. Our field of runners is less than one thousand, which could be a factor in how the restrictions are lifted.
Also, we have a greater ability to tailor proceedings to cater for social distancing. We are considering options such as a time trial start, potentially giving each competitor a designated unique start time, rather than huddling in a starting pen.
Our course too is largely a beautiful rural route which would have less impact on the city than some other city events.
Prior to lockdown we successfully ran a 10k and Half Marathon event with Social distancing measures in place that proved to be highly effective. For example, we had an open start and invited competitors to cross the start line chip mats at their leisure during a 15 min period.
We removed the baggage, catering and massage facilities and asked the competitors to use their vehicles to store their own bags. The Enervit Peterborough Marathon car park is only several hundred meters from the start and finish line, so this mitigation could be an option for this event too.
We are reviewing all elements of the event and looking for ways to satisfy Social Distancing measures that could be a factor in whether the event is able to go ahead.
The fact of the matter still stands though that we simply do not know.
At this stage we want to furnish you and all of our runners with as much information as we can and encourage each individual to make the decision that best suits themselves, rather than imposing a further postponement on everyone only to find that we potentially could have run the event.
The options open to you as a runner are to remain entered and run in September if the above criteria are met. This of course means that you will need to continue with your training as planned to be prepared for the Marathon, whilst also facing the possibility that the event will not be allowed to go ahead.
Alternatively, you may choose to make the tough decision now to postpone to next year and avoid the training for an event that may not take place. We also offer the option of a voucher that can be used against any other Sublime event over the next 24 months.
Should you wish to remain entered and continue with your marathon training, and the event cannot go ahead due to Covid-19, you will automatically be transferred to the 2021 event or provided with a voucher as above.
We are going to extend the date by which you need to notify us of your decision to the 30th of June, in light of the ever changing and uncertain situation.
If you would like to postpone your entry to 11th April 2021 or request a Sublime Racing voucher, please email email@example.com and let us know what you would like to do. Please allow us several days to respond as we process entry change requests in batches. If you wish to remain in the event planned for September 2020, you do not need to do anything.
We will continue to review the situation and update our Facebook page and our runners directly via email of any significant changes.
Until then, please stay safe and well.
Thank you so much for your kind patience and understanding during this very difficult time.
Covid-19 Update – 16th March 2020
Along with so many other event organisers we have been monitoring the situation closely over the past few weeks and we have been implementing some robust plans to cater for many eventualities.
We have tried our very best to ensure that our event could go ahead, despite there not being a ban in place that currently impacts on the Enervit Peterborough Marathon, we envisage one may come soon.
However, this is not the reason that we are postponing our event until later in the year. The reason is much more personal than that. The Government may set a ban on gatherings of over a thousand people, in which case we would technically be allowed to continue. We had increased our medical provision to ensure that we would have been totally self-sufficient and propose no risk of increased demand to the NHS.
But the one thing we could not be sure of is that we would not be responsible for bringing the virus to one of our runners, volunteers or team. We will all be going home to our loved ones and in some cases they may be at a higher risk than us marathoners.
So, it is for this reason that Sublime Racing has taken the very tough decision to postpone until later in the year.
At Sublime Racing we are all runners and most of us are seasoned passionate marathoners. We understand the months of training and the commitment that has gone into the preparation and we know how disappointing this will be.
There are 30 people on our Crew that each give their time and commitment for the love of bringing wonderful races to you, plus hundreds of volunteer Race Makers. I don’t want to put them or their families at risk and the same applies to all our runners and their families.
The planning and contingencies that have been prepared over the recent weeks to bring you a marathon have been incredible but none of this is visible to the outside world.
The decision to postpone is very hard for my team and crew as well as you, the runners.
We will issue a further update over the next couple of weeks regarding the next steps.
Covid-19 Update – 14th March 2020
Should you feel unwell please do not attend any event, please seek medical attention.
We would also like to take this opportunity to remind runners of the importance of good personal hygiene including hand washing (For a minimum of 20 seconds) and use of hand sanitizers. Hand sanitizer will be available for use at registration as well as within the portable loos. Our professional Medical Team will continue to review the status of the Coronavirus outbreak and the relevant guidance from government agencies and we will issue updates via our social media of any changes.