We hope you and your families are keeping safe and well during this difficult time. After much discussion, and with a heavy but resolute heart, we have decided to further postpone Darth XI. The event will now take place in 2021, a year on from the original date.
The decision was taken following consultation with our volunteers, members of the local community and our sponsors. It was ultimately driven by a few factors.
Firstly, the safety of all involved is paramount. Despite the mythical healing powers of the sheep dip, we cannot guarantee the safety of runners, particularly when huddled within our peloton system, or skirting past Bernie’s Trailer Park. Many of those that make the Darth happen give their time for free and we strongly believe they should not be put at risk in any way. For obvious reasons we also do not want to put a strain on Wales Air Ambulance, Cariad and all of the other emergency services that are on standby on the day.
Secondly, as a not-for-profit event, we have already taken a big financial hit in moving the event from March this year. Doing so again may have financial consequences that would make future events impossible to run. By postponing we will hopefully protect the event moving forwards.
Thirdly, we all know that Darth likes to put his arm around every single participant over a Fosters post-event. Whilst ‘r levels’ are still high, there is a very real danger he could become a ‘super spreader’. Particularly when he gets hold of the stash in lost property.
Lightheartedness aside, we hope you understand our ‘heavyhearted’ decision. As for many of you, The Darth is one of the highlights of our year, and it is not a decision we have taken lightly. But we feel it really is the best for all involved. All entries will be automatically transferred to the new date which will be announced in due course. For now, you don’t need to do anything and we will be in touch with further details.
Until then, please keep well, stay fit and we can’t wait to see you when some level of normality returns.
From all of the volunteers and sponsors at Peloton Running