Contact-free, COVID-secure Frome Half Marathon, 10K, 5K & Fun Run 2020 in the works

With the support of the local authority, safety advisory group and health partners we hope to offer a carefully adapted, smaller and simplified event on Sunday 27 September.

Following updated guidance from the UK Government and in turn the governing body who license this event, UK Athletics, we are working with Frome Town Council and health specialists to determine whether the Frome Half Marathon can safely take place. 

Frome Half Marathon is a true community event. It has support from over 100 local volunteers, Frome Town FC, Frome Town Council and charities including We Hear You, The Pod and Fair Frome as well as countless cheering Frome Residents. 

It is thanks to Frome’s community that last year the event grew to over 1,500 runners, making a huge contribution to the local economy and raising thousands of pounds for local charities. Not to mention it was commended a Silver Award from Racecheck based entirely on runners’ reviews and is now one of the top-rated races in the UK!  

Bearing this in mind we understand how important this event is to all those who benefit from it taking place, runners included, and acknowledge the strong demand for an adapted covid-secure version of it to occur this year.

We are currently carefully revising detailed event plans- from getting there to getting home. With the possibility of a more dispersed event hub, waved starts and one-way systems we are hopeful that a smaller, contained event will be able to go ahead. 

The event has been provisionally approved by Frome Town Council but the confirmation of the event falls on the exact assessments of the safety advisory group and health partners of the likely impacts on local residents and the wider community.

If we cannot be certain that an adapted event format will not raise any significant challenges or risks, this years’ edition may not be possible. But if, we conclude that the event can go ahead we will explain exactly what’s changed, how it will work and why it’s all in place to keep everyone safe. 

Providing the certainty everyone needs to prepare for the event and make their decisions about taking part is our priority. Which is why a firm conclusion will be reached and communicated across social media platforms, websites and by email to Runners by Friday 4th September. 

Thank you for your patience and support for our wonderful, local half marathon.