Slateman and Sandman postponed

Always Aim High Events have today announced that their Slateman and Sandman triathlons, duathlons and swims are to be moved from this September to new dates in 2021.

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Snowdonia’s Slateman had already been moved from June to September 2020 and now will take place on 12-13 June 2021. The Sandman in Anglesey will move to 18-19 September 2021.

The Anglesey Trail Half Marathon and 10km and the World’s Steepest Street Run are still set for September 2020, and AAH are offering a range of virtual challenges.

Here’s a statement from the organisers:

“Thank you to everyone for their continued support since our last update on the impact of COVID-19 on our 2020 events. It is with great sadness that we have to announce the postponement of the 2020 SportPursuit Slateman Triathlon & Duathlon, the Slateman Swims, the Quarryman Run, the 2020 Superfeet Sandman Triathlon & Duathlon, and the 2020 Sandman Torchlight Trail to next year. Entrants will be automatically transferred to the new date, please visit the event websites for specific information.

If you have entered any of these events, you will already have been sent an email giving further information about all of the options available to you. As always, the health, safety and well-being of everyone at our events is at the core of what we do. Decisions have been based on discussions with the venues, public bodies, sports governing bodies and local communities, as well as taking note of any official Government guidance. Our priority is to minimise disruption and do everything we can to support and protect our athletes, staff, volunteers, local communities, spectators and suppliers.

We have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to find a solution in order to safely deliver these events in 2020, but sadly this has not been possible. Easing of the lockdown is moving at a different pace throughout the UK and there are significant local concerns in North Wales over the easing of restrictions and what that will mean for tourism beauty spots.

Alongside other events organisers in North Wales we have been strongly encouraged by local stakeholders and the local Councils to reconsider staging events in 2020. We must be mindful of the wishes of the local communities and authorities as we are an independent local North Wales company, and we are proud to deliver these unique and sustainable event experiences. The continued support from our participants, communities, local authorities, and the Welsh Government is massively appreciated and crucial if we are to safely steer ourselves out of this crisis, so that we can return in 2021 and deliver these much loved events for many years to come.

In the meantime, we’ve introduced ways to keep the Always Aim High Community active in these trying times. Our Virtual Events have been extremely popular and a great way of raising much needed funds for local charities too. We’re launching enhanced Virtual Events with added features to keep you focused, motivated and active while we await the return of the real events. The new features will provide you a real time event experience with the ability to take part alongside your friends.

Currently, the 2020 Anglesey Trail Half Marathon & 10k and the World’s Steepest Street Run will remain in place. However, we are constantly monitoring the situation and taking advice from all relevant bodies. We will communicate developments as they unfold and will maintain regular contact about the status of our events.

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Thank you again for your patience and understanding, we can’t wait to see you back out there soon!”

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