Runners beaten by the weather

By Ashley Colbourn

Bradford’s 10k has been postponed after warnings of snow and ice.

The race, which attracts over 2,000 runners, was launched 10 years ago and takes place annually, raising cash for Epilepsy Action.

Daniel Jennings, a spokesman for the charity, said: “We have been monitoring the weather forecast for the last few weeks as we were aware there may be problematic conditions.

“This morning, the Met Office upgraded the weather warning to amber for Bradford and Leeds for the weekend, so we decided to postpone the race.”

The charity hoped to raise £50,000 this year, with 2,400 runners have signed up.

The new date for the race has been set for Sunday 29th April.

All runners who have signed up have been contacted and can claim a refund if they cannot attend the re-arranged date

The race takes place in the heart of Bradford city centre, starting and finishing in Centenary Square.

The current course record is held by Tefaye Debele, who completed the race in 31 minutes and 2 seconds in 2008.

More than £360,000 has been raised during its 11 year history.

Last year’s BBC Radio Leeds Voice of Bradford Award winner Faisal Motin was scheduled to open and subsequently take part in the race.

Daniel Jennings added: “The main reason for the postponement is maintaining the safety of runners, which is paramount.

“The decision was made by the Fundraising Team who are responsible for the event and Epilepsy Action’s senior management.”

Epilepsy action are a Leeds based charity whose aim is to give everyone affected by epilepsy a better quality of life and provide them with the support needed to manage their condition in the most effective way possible.

The charity says the money will support a number of their services, including its Epilepsy Action Helpline and first-aid training. Money raised in the past has been used to raise awareness of the condition, supporting research and supporting improvements to healthcare services for people with epilepsy.

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