Too cold for Corby’s Brass Monkey run

Community fundraiser for Lakelands Hospice Paul Marlow warming up for last year's Brass Monkey Run. The event planned for Sunday has been called off because of the weather
Community fundraiser for Lakelands Hospice Paul Marlow warming up for last year's Brass Monkey Run. The event planned for Sunday has been called off because of the weather

The threat of more heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures has forced organisers of Corby’s annual Brass Monkey run to call off Sunday’s event.

The 10k race and fun run, held to raise funds for Lakelands Hospice, will now be held on Sunday, February 10.

Following a meeting this morning (Friday, January 25) at Rockingham speedway, the race venue where the track is covered in snow, it was decided to postpone it.

Community fundraiser for Lakelands, Paul Marlow, said: “I had hoped that the forecasted thaw would enable us to go ahead, but with plummeting temperatures overnight and more snow expected this evening, I have to consider the safety of runners, spectators, volunteers and staff.

“With a large number of people travelling in from all over the Midlands and East Anglia it would be unfair to get everyone here on a wing and a prayer.

“As a club runner I know how frustrated everyone will be. It’s been a difficult few days planning with all the uncertainty and as a hospice that receives no NHS funding these events are vital to our cause.

“I hope the new date fits in with everyone’s plans.”

People unable to take part in the event on February 10 will have their registration fee refunded.

The Brass Monkey run is the second fundraising event the hospice has been forced to cancel this week because of the weather.

A Got To Dance-style event was to have been held tonight at the Best Western Hotel, Corby, but it too was called off.