Bradford Council has cancelled the Bradford City Runs event this year due to the current Coronavirus situation.

Bradford City Runs was due to take place on 1 November 2020 but, following safety provisions which would need to be in place for participants, the council decided the cancel the event.

Hundreds of running groups, clubs and participants from across the district were due to take part in the event in November.

Other similar events across the country, The Great North Run and Leeds Abbey Dash, have also been cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation this year.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “This has been a difficult decision as we know how popular the event is with people, and families, right across the district as well as the many runners we get from across the country.”

“It is an incredibly popular event that is unique because it offers a variety of distances and a special race for children which is why it is so heart-breaking, however, we have to consider the health and safety of all the potential participants, the health of the district and our responsibility to help protect NHS services means this is the only sensible conclusion to come to.”

“Events like these take a great deal of preparation and I would like to thank Bradford Athletics Network and all our other partners for the hard work that they have put in already.

“Bradford City Runs will be back in future when it is safe for it to return.”