**** URGENT NEWS *****2019 Grib Goch Outdoor World 6th Trail – Event Postponement
Dear Competitor – As you may have seen ‘Storm Gareth’ is effecting the whole of the UK currently and ‘Storm Helen’ is set to follow this weekend.
Following discussions on Wednesday with the Portmeirion Management and their Safety Guidance Team, it came to our attention that the ‘Gwyllt’ section of the forest at Portmeirion will be closed to the public if winds exceed 45mph. The forecast for Saturday is heavy showers all day and strong winds gusting well over 50mph.
The section of the forest is a significant section of the 3km race route at the 6th Trail race.
No race director wants to think about having to cancel a race, but we can’t battle ‘mother nature’ and therefore after further discussions with Portmeirion and our Welsh Athletics /UK Athletics Referee for Saturday’s race, it is with great regret that we must notify you that the 6th Trail event scheduled for this Saturday March 16th has been cancelled.
We hope you can understand the difficulty in making this decision, and clearly a decision had to be made in fairness to many travelling from far and wide to Portmeirion this weekend. We also have a number of logistics suppliers to consider also.
Safety always comes first for our runners, marshals, and event staff and also we have to respect the Health & Safety Guidance of Portmeirion – the whole team have been very supportive with us from the start of 6th Trail race back in 2014.
As organisers we will defer all current entries to a new date for the event later in 2019. This date will be communicated as quickly as possible after consultation with the Portmeirion management. We will be working closely with TDL Events Services and we will offer a full refund to runners who are not willing to race on the new date. BUT the service fee element this is non-refundable. We will be sending out information of new date via the 6th Trail mailshot along with social media posts.
May I take this opportunity as the race director of the 6th Trail event to apologise for any inconvenience caused with the cancellation of the event, it has been a very difficult decision to come to. Safety First.
Diolch / Thank you