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17 March 2020

Following the latest Government advice relating to the spread of COVID-19, we have taken the decision to postpone The Fox which was scheduled for Sunday 25 April 2020.

Throughout these challenging times, it is perhaps more important than ever that we show solidarity, consideration and support each other. This is why – through providing 3 alternative options to affected participants – we are committed to providing the most flexibility as is reasonably possible for our valued customers; going above and beyond what we are usually able to deliver in the instance of event postponement. Extraordinary circumstances call for extraordinary action.

1. Participate in The Fox virtually on Saturday 25 April
If you know that you still want to go running on Saturday 25 April, consider participating virtually – please know that in doing so you will be massively supporting aat: events through these challenging and uncertain times.

Register to participate virtually by Saturday 25 April.
– Run your choice of half marathon, marathon or ultramarathon from Friday 24 April – Monday 27 April and record it on Strava or similar. There are no rules for how or where you complete your choice of distance.
– Send us evidence of your run by 1 May 2020 and we will post out your medal and headwrap free of charge.

2. Participate in The Fox for real on Saturday 19 September 2020
No further action is required for registered participants. The Fox will take place on 19 September 2020 – all registered participants will automatically be registered to participate on this date (unless virtual run / 2021 participation is preferred).

3. Participate in The Fox for real on Saturday 24 April 2021
We understand that the new date may not be convenient and apologise if this is the case for you. If you would prefer to transfer your entry to 2021, please contact us by 31 April 2020 and we will arrange this for you free of charge.

As per the T&Cs you agree to when registering to participate in aat events, “where our events have to be cancelled, delayed or postponed due to circumstances outside our reasonable control, we are not liable for any inconvenience, expenses, costs losses or damages suffered by participants”.

It is with regret that we have had to postpone and cancel events in order to adhere to Government advice regarding COVID-19 and that we are unable to offer refunds to participants registered for affected events like The Fox. However, it is our intention to support our customers as much as is reasonably possible in these extraordinary circumstances; we are going above and beyond what we can usually offer in the instances of event postponement to offer our customers a range of options to best cater for their individual needs.

“We understand that it’s a difficult time for everyone right now. Small businesses – and all business operating in the events industry – are in survival mode right now. Your cooperation and understanding at this time will enable us to continue delivering the events you love for years to come. Thanks for your support.” – Toby Jenkins, Managing Director.

13 March 2020

We are monitoring closely the developments relating to the spread of COVID-19; following advice given by the UK Government, the World Health Organisation and other UK public bodies.

During these challenging and uncertain times, we feel that it is more important than ever that communities are able to come together socially and support each other – if appropriate and safe to do so.

With this in mind – and acting on all of the information currently available to us – we are putting additional safety measures in place in order to go ahead with The Fox on Saturday 25 April 2020. If the situation regarding the event changes (following the release of further information or instruction from the Government) we will be in touch with all entrants by email.

In order to proceed with the event, we are taking the following additional safety measures:

– The capacity for the number of entrants able to register for this event has been capped. No more than 500 people will participate in the event on 25 April 2020.
– We will not hold a race brief on race morning – all information will be provided to participants via email. We strongly encourage participants to join the facebook event to receive live event updates/gain access to video briefings, etc.
– There will be no mass starts for the 60km Ultramarathon, 42km Marathon and 21km Half Marathon runs. Choose to start whenever you like within a 15-minute start window so that all participants have the opportunity to maintain a comfortable level of personal space.
– We will be providing additional portaloos outside Godalming United Church to minimise queues indoors before the 60km Ultramarathon start.
– We are reviewing the operations for the 60km relay.
– Feedstations will be serviced by marshals wearing PPE. No sweaty hands in bowls, please.

This is not an extensive list – we’re working on a few more ideas at the moment. If you have any suggestions to add to the above, please get in touch.

Please help us minimise unnecessary crowding and personal contact:

– Arrive at the event wearing the clothes you intend to run in.
– Attach your baggage label to your bag before queuing for bag drop.
– Do not loiter at aid stations if you do not intend to use the facilities there. If you need to rest, please keep your distance from the food and other people.
– Be respectful of others and their personal space.
– Do not attend the event if you have flu-like symptoms. You are welcome to run “virtually” and have your medal posted to you.

If you are particularly concerned about contracting COVID-19, you can take the following additional measures:

Pay for postage of your race number and chip. This will enable you to minimise contact with other people collecting numbers on the day; simply turn up at the start line ready to run. Details TBC – we’re working on this right now.
Bring your own food to minimise contact with other people at our aid stations. Please note that we will still be providing food at aid stations, but with additional safety measures in place in order to distribute food to participants hygienically as possible.
Bring your own water to minimise contact with other people at our aid stations.
Bring your own sanitiser so you can apply it at any time which suits you. We will provide sanitiser at aid stations and at other key places (as we do every year) in greater quantities.
Start later – please wait and start towards the end of your 15-minute start window.

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