Blackdown Hill Challenge 2021
The Blackdown Hill Challenge for 2021 has been cancelled. The organisers had been holding out for conditions around the pandemic to improve enough that they could run it in late August / early September. While on 19th July government restrictions eased, cases and hospitalisations have been rising (although cases are now falling again) such that they have no idea what the situation will be for any date in the future they set for BHC.
To run the event the route has to be set up and dismantled, manned on the day with folk starting the runners off and timing them back in. The event is not just about the run up to the top of Blackdown but the run around the recreation ground for the little ones and being a ‘family’ event for the village. Whichever way the organisers looked at it, it requires volunteers to organise and run it, people to enter and ideally spectators to cheer everyone on and enjoy a coffee and bacon sandwich from the café.
Other running events have been taking place but entry has been on online with runners having to set off individually and there has been no mixing before or after the run. That is not the type of event and atmosphere the organisers are after.
The organisers will assess the situation regularly with a view to holding it in the spring of 2022.