Racing in 2020? Graythwaite 5/6th September?

NewsPosted on 21st July 2020

Graythwaite 5/6th September? Can we do it?

I hope most of you and have seen some social media on the news that events are now legal.  This happened 11 days ago on 10th July, and since then I’ve been digesting the rules, speaking to stakeholders and seeing what we can do.

Forestry are still to open up to events, I’m aware I’ve not cancelled Kirroughtree yet just as I didn’t honestly know if its going to happen – but looking unlikely, and just been flat out thinking about Graythwaite. I’ll email Kirroughtree entrants again with more info.

However it could be that we can pull off Graythwaite on 5/6th September, so I’m emailing to tell you all its a possibility. I really need 8-12 weeks to do an event but think we can do this. Will be a bit rushed including getting an entry – this is my proposed, not certain timetable.

1st week of August – confirm if its happening, email all people with vouchers or existing entries.
1st week of August – email Graythwaite entrants with entries – see if they want to swap to September 2020
1st/2nd week of August – only taking entries from those with vouchers/entries/shirt buyers (including those entered into Llangollen)
2nd/3rd week of August – entries open for everyone else

Please, watch out for more emails (with tick boxes to transfer your voucher/entry to this event if you want in.

Those entered into Graythwaite will get a couple of days at least over the rest of the voucher/entry holders, and those who had shirts instead of refunds will get invite emails.

For clarity I give this event a 40% chance of happening as of this afternoon (Monday 20th July).

Wont be as “Epic” as our usual Graythwaite events, probably only 5-6 stages, with social distancing measures in place especially the arena. Sign on Q will require masks, Sunday morning setoff/timing chip collection will require masks.  Start times will be every ~20 seconds from arena and individual starts not 12 every 5 mins. You will be required to carry, but not use a mask. Reasoning is say you fall and need attention but are able to don a mask before a marshal/medic arrives that would be helpful we now some injuries may not make this possible.  Its unlikely we’ll be able to have showers at the event, but of course portable loos will be on the camping and arena site.

I do think we can pull off a great event, possibly the only PMBA Enduro of 2020 … so I’ll continue to try and get all the jigsaw pieces together.




Info for competitors

Pre-event symptom check

All participants, officials, volunteers and spectators must undergo a self-assessment for any COVID-19 symptoms. No-one should leave home to participate in sport or officiate if they, or someone they live with, has any of the following:

  • A high temperature
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  • A loss of, or change to, their sense of smell or taste

Should an individual have demonstrated any such symptoms, they must follow NHS and PHE guidance on self-isolation.