Leicester's Race for Life postponed over fears for waterlogged park
Leicester's Race for Life has been postponed in the wake of Thursday's violent storms.
More than 6,000 women were due to take part in two races today and another tomorrow, both in Western Park, in aid of Cancer Research UK.
Organisers said the decision to postpone the event at the last minute was due to health and safety concerns over the waterlogged ground.
Victoria Meikle, Leicester Race for Life event manager said: "Due to the freak weather on Thursday, all three Leicester Race for Life events have had to be postponed. We are very sorry for any disappointment and inconvenience caused.
"The health and safety of our participants has to come first so we hope everyone understands why this difficult decision had to be made.
"We have acted as quickly as we can to reorganise the dates to enable as many people as possible to join in."
Organisers had previously appealed for participants to travel to the site, off Hinckley Road, by public transport after heavy rain rendered one of the site car parks unusable.
All three Race for Life events will now take place on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22.
Lianne Dolan, 28, from Beaumont Leys, was due to take part in Sunday's race in memory of her sister, Lisa King, who died from cancer in 2007, aged 34.
She said: "I was looking forward to it. It's disappointing but I do understand the organisers' decision.
"If there are concerns about safety then, yes, it has to be postponed. I'll just try again in a few weeks."
Cancer Research said it would be contacting participants to ensure they could take part in an alternative event, either in Leicester or nearby.
Ms Meikle said: "All those joining us on the new Leicester dates need not do anything, as their pack and running number will still be valid. If participants are unable to join on those dates, they can swap to another event or get a refund by calling our hotline number."
For details, call 0871 641 1111.
The Mercury would like to point out that today's More magazine, which features the Race for Life, went to press on Thursday, before we learned of its postponement.