EXCLUSIVE: Mansfield 10k run shelved until next year

09-1601-2''Mansfield Half Marathon
09-1601-2''Mansfield Half Marathon

The 10k run planned for Mansfield next month has now been postponed until the spring time, Chad can exclusively reveal.

Originally planned for next month, red tape issues has forced organisers to push it back until early next year.

The run was devised in an attempt to revive a major sporting gathering after the long-running Mansfield Half Marathon was cancelled indefinitely in 2012 after 30 years because of spiralling costs over health and safety.

But rather than organise another half marathon, it was thought more competitors could be attracted to the town by a 10k run - less than half the distance of a half marathon.

It could also allow the race to start and finish in the town.

The event has been given the support of Mansfield Bid, Mansfield 2020 and Mansfield District Council, who pledged £20,000 earlier this year.

The course has already been agreed and officially measured, starting in Titchfield Park and includes two laps of the town before finishing on Market Place.

Coun Phil Shields, portfolio holder for the environment at Mansfield District Council, has spoken at length with the organisers and admitted there had been an ‘enormous amount of hoops to jump through’ to get the event organised for September, but felt a spring date was better suited in terms of the weather.

He said: “I think it was a bit optimistic to have it sorted by September, but spring will be better - it gives me more time to train up for it!

“I’m really looking forward to it, it will be great for the town.

“It will definitely go ahead.”