Eastleigh 10k still on despite Coronavirus

Race organisers are monitoring situation ahead of March 22 race.

Eastleigh 10k 2016 start

The 2016 start. Pic: Yee Teoh

UPDATE: RACE HAS BEEN POSTPONED. NEW DATE TBA. 

Organisers for this year’s Hendy Eastleigh 10k say they are actively monitoring coronavirus developments but the race is still planned to go ahead on Mothering Sunday (March 22).

There are fears that the rapid spread of coronavirus may result in the government banning large sporting events – including the London Marathon but Race Organiser Steve Collins remains upbeat and is confident that this year’s race will be able to go ahead/ Collins told Eastleigh News he is in contact with other race directors and will decide on the most appropriate action to take should the situation worsen. In 2018 the 10k was postponed until June due to safety concerns following snow and ice.

The popular road race – now in its 36th year- has already sold out and this year local runners will battle it out not only against runners from clubs across the south of England but also with  those from further afield including Guernsey, Belgium and Sweden. With over 2,900 entrants it is the biggest fixture in Eastleigh’s sporting calendar and one of the largest 10k’s in the country.

Steve Collins said:

“This is one of the most prestigious 10k’s in the country as well as fantastic community event.

The race provides an ideal focus and challenge for new year’s resolutions on the fast, flat 10k course. This year the new Achievement Awards mean that anyone who ran last year will have the chance of winning an award if they can improve on their time in 2018.”

The event will again include the popular children’s run which provides the chance for more than 400 children aged 4-12 years to join in the fun and earn their own medal.

Entries are still available for the children’s fun run for more details visit  www.runningmania.co.uk