Unfortunately since our previous email advising of the yellow alerts for winds the forecasts have continued to worsen and the likelihood increase.
After extensive consultation with safety teams, suppliers, trusts and local county councils, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel Castle to Coast on 10th August 2019.
The safety and security of the spectators, volunteers and participants are paramount, and the likely wind speeds mean that we can no longer safely deliver the event.
The Met Office weather forecast for the weekend currently predicts heavy wind across more or less entirety of the course, with gusts of up to 60mph causing a number of issues for the event. These sort of wind speeds could potentially cause cyclists to crash as well as downing trees on the bike course. It makes running and the delivery of aid stations o then trail at elevation extremely challenging. It also means we are unable to erect the infrastructure needed to be able to deliver the event (including safely storing everyone’s’ bikes during the event).
While it is hugely disappointing for us to have to cancel the inaugural Castle to Coast event, after so much effort developing it this year we’re keen to run the 2020 event. We will review our event plans following this cancellation for next year and we hope you will support us again in creating an epic new event.
All participants will be receiving an email shortly which contains a link to be able to claim a refund of your full entry fee direct from Event Protect along with further details.
We would like to take a moment to thank you all for your support in the run up the event and hopefully going forward as we regroup and try again.