Safety fears force race cancellation

Actions from last year's Pennine 10k race starting in Finkil Street and finishing at St Chad's school, Hove Edge, Brighouse.
Actions from last year's Pennine 10k race starting in Finkil Street and finishing at St Chad's school, Hove Edge, Brighouse.

FEARS over safety have forced the cancellation of next month’s Pennine 10k run which attracts hundreds of runners to the streets of Brighouse every year.

The annual event is organised by Halifax Harriers and has been a popular fixture on the club’s racing calendar, drawing runners from a wide area. But an increase in the volume of traffic on roads along the course from Brighouse to Hipperholme has caused a re-think.

Harriers’ vice president Martin Haigh, chair of the race committee, said: “The Pennine 10k is a favourite race among the many runners who come from miles around to compete in the challenging event. We often interview runners after the race and they all say they really enjoy it.

“However over the years we have noticed an increase in the volume of traffic along the course and the committee has agreed that our primary concern is the safety of competitors.”

Mr Haigh said it was possible to apply for road closures but it was a prohibitively expensive procedure.

“Though there will not be an event in 2012 we are very keen that a race should continue to be held in Brighouse and we will be actively looking for a suitable traffic-free or low-traffic route in the area for a future event.”

Mr Haigh said the event, traditionally held early in the new year, was popular because there was little competition from other races in January. It attracts around 250 runners.