Ashby '5' Mile Latest
The following is an article that appeared on www.thisisleicestershire.co.uk on tuesday 10th February:
'Officials have yet to decide whether to rearrange the Ashby 5 road race, which was postponed because of icy conditions underfoot on Sunday.
The five-mile event, which was scheduled as the third race in the five-race Leicestershire Winter Road-Running League programme and which regularly attracts more than 400 runners, should have gone ahead from the town's Hood Park Leisure Centre but was called off on Friday night.
Roger Barraclough, the secretary of promoting club South Derbyshire Road Runners, said that the race was being classed as "postponed" but admitted that a congested fixture calendar and a lack of possible available dates for the leisure-centre venue might mean that it would not be possible to put it on before the end of April, traditionally the end of the winter league season.
He said that South Derbyshire were hoping the league might instead allow the race to be staged in summer, though the club's preference would be for a race for league runners only, in contrast to summer league events which normally are open events.
Barraclough added that he thought the right decision had been made in calling off Sunday's race.
He said: "On Sunday, I walked some lanes, similar to our race route, and it was absolutely sheet ice. There was a mile-and-a-half long path into the leisure centre for the race which was sheet ice."'