Aberdare Park Road Races axed for 2020

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BOSSES of the Aberdare Park Road Races have made the move to call off this year’s even with uncertainty over restrictions in Wales.

The event, which was originally set to run in mid-July, had already been postponed earlier this summer. But with Welsh government regulations limiting event capacity, chiefs will now look to next season to restart the Park bash.

And after laying plans for more than one event, organisers are hoping to host double the fun in 2021.

A statement from Aberdare Park boss Derek Smith reads:

“We have postponed the date on two occasions in the hope that the current situation would ease.

“We have again sought the advice and opinion of local governemnt and as of today we are no closer to obtaining clarity as to whether the ease of restrictions would be lifted in time for us to stage a successful event.

“It is possible to run an event, but we could only allow 30 people. We have over 100 marshals, plus our riders and their families to consider. With this in mind, we feel we have no option but to postpone the event until 2021.

“We are hopefully looking at May and July next year. We had been scheduled to run two events this year and myself and Ian McLeod have worked very closely with the ACU and local and Welsh governments in order for us to run the two events.

“Although July is pretty much set in stone, the main meeting will have to take into consideration every other road race event in the country as we feel it would not be fair to clash with anybody.”

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