We were looking to gauge opinion on how we should go ahead, the solutions we had in place for some things.
I would like to thank those of you have taken the time to respond and the feedback given. Sadly the feedback given has created several more potential issues that had not even crossed our minds which is good in a way but makes the event even harder to arrange. Along with, very understandable, 15 people pulling out.
Your praise of our event and the lengths we go to make it enjoyable have been appreciated.
Just to round up the feedback supplied.
Seating on coaches, we had confirmed we would need an additional coach to cater for the numbers travelling but we would need to supply the relevant PPE. The additional coach and the PPE would be at a cost.
The Hotel, how can we all be seated (100 people) at a time, the previous catering wouldn’t quite work with the queuing system, potential issues around the bar and people from unknown households sharing rooms.
The Dinner time catering, again a bottleneck occurs whilst eating at the dinner points, precautions with face masks, gloves, hand wash etc would make those occasions hard to manage.
Check points, we would need individual Risk assessments for each point, cleaning stations prior to the water and food.
All meeting at the Railway inn until 4pm to cycle the last stretch in would be near on impossible due our numbers.
The ending, what would it be without the crowd of friends and family ?
Thank you to all who have been in touch and expressed their wish for us to maintain the entry fee for next years event. The funds are held in secure bank account, the entrant list for 2020 will remain exactly as it for next year, 2021. Each and every person already listed is pre registered for next year.
Due to a potential family holiday with Alex there is a chance, not as yet confirmed, that the event will be put off a month from May to June. Allows for better weather and bit more training for those that need it.
I am sorry that we couldn’t find a way to make this happen but you come first, the safety and wellbeing of you all matters more than anything, right now I cant find a way to mitigate some of these risks.
From Derek, Steve and myself, thank you for the support of the event this year. As pointed out by a good friend……. The Olympics have fallen this year as have many other major events. UMBR has lost the battle against Covid19…………. For now.