Trail events in Bloem put on ice

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Gerhard Beukes during the second event of the Motus Isuzu Bloemfontein Night Trail Run Series. PHOTO: MORGAN PIEK

The past week has been a black week for sport worldwide with almost very sporting event being suspended or cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, which has gripped the globe.

The deadly disease has led to drastic measures being put in place to prevent it from spreading, and one of these is the cancelling of sport events which tend to draw crowds.

On Sunday evening, while addressing the nation on the seriousness of the matter, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that no public gatherings of a hundred or more people would be permitted for the foreseeable future.

Pure Adventures, who hosts the monthly Motus Isuzu Bloemfontein Night Trail Run Series at Wild Olive Estate on the outskirts of the city, has decided not to throw caution to the wind and put all events on ice until the country has the all clear again.

This has led to the postponement of at least the next event on the Night Trail Series calendar, which was set to be staged on Wednesday, 1 April, to be postponed.

In addition, the planned inaugural Amanzi Trail Stage Race at the Amanzi Private Game Reserve set for 22-24 May has also been put on hold. The new event promised to be an exciting and fresh addition to the Pure Adventures calendar, and it is a great pity that it has been postponed.

Organiser, Adrian Saffy, told Bloemfontein Courant that the safety of athletes is paramount and valuable lessons could be learnt by all.

“It will be irresponsible to go against the measures taken to try and curb this virus, and we also do not want to put anyone at risk.

“People can still go running on their own or in small groups. It for the safety of all our athletes and it is out of respect for the system and the drastic measures taken. People should not be blasé about this. It will be irresponsible for events to continue and it will not be setting a good example to the public.

“My personal opinion is that this virus is slowing humanity down and making us realise that we cannot carry on the way we have been carrying on. At the end of the day we have to respect the earth and each other. Let’s all play our part in beating this thing and maybe we will all learn a valuable lesson from this.”

At this point in time the annual 4Peaks at Moolmanshoek and SkyRun in the Witteberg will still go ahead as planned. – MORGAN PIEK