At a Marathon Racing Committee meeting this weekend, the decision was taken not to re-organise the distribution of South West and Midlands Region clubs at this time.
The MRC considered all the arguments put forward by clubs, mostly against the proposed changes. In particular it was acknowledged there are fears that small clubs who organise races felt vulnerable from a possible reduction in numbers attending. It was also noted that some clubs would still have significant journeys and others would have the ones closest to them moved to a different region.
It was agreed that the regions should seek alternative ways to manage the distances covered by those attending races. At some stage in the future it is likely that all sports will be called upon to address their carbon footprint and in some regions travelling to events would form a significant proportion of this for our sport.
There were some helpful suggestions made by clubs who responded to the proposal. Some of these may be useful in the future. Some suggestions would drastically alter the nature of Hasler racing and an item will be posted on the MRC website in the future which details some of the changes that have happened over the years, the different issues that confront differing regions and how they are managed. It is clear from some comments made, that a wider perspective on these differences may be helpful.
Thank you to all the clubs who responded.
MRC March 2020