THE organisers of the Babcock 10K Series have confirmed that the event’s three races will not take place in 2020.

Following the postponement of the series’ original dates in May due to the coronavirus outbreak, the organisers had hoped to reschedule for later in the year.

But race series chairman Kevin Johnson told the Advertiser this week that ongoing uncertainty over when mass participation events might be allowed to resume had left no option but to scrap the plan to hold the Helensburgh, Dumbarton and Glasgow races this year.

Mr Johnson said: “Originally it was hoped to postpone the series, now in its fourth year, until September, but indications are that mass participation sporting events won’t be possible until next year at the earliest, so the race series committee have taken the decision to reschedule the events for next May.”

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The new date for the Helensburgh 10K is Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 7.30pm, with the Dumbarton 10K at the same time on Thursday, May 13 and the Shettleston 10K on Glasgow Green on Sunday, May 23.

Each race, and the event as a whole, will once again be sponsored by Babcock.

Mr Johnson continued: “All entrants for this year’s series will automatically have their entries rolled over to next year, but if anyone is unable to take part next year then refunds will be provided.

“This year’s series has already incurred significant expenditure so the support of runners is both requested and appreciated."

The news comes just a few weeks after the organisers of the Run Loch Lomond series – featuring a 10K race, a 5K race and a fun run – also pulled the plug on their plans to hold a rescheduled event in September.

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Mr Johnson continued: “Babcock will remain as series sponsors and have been hugely understanding and supportive in the challenging circumstances.

“We are hugely grateful to Babcock for their continued support in what has become the most prestigious road race series in Scotland and one of the best in the UK both in terms of participants and standards of performance.”

Anyone who knows that they will not be able to take part on the rescheduled dates next year, and who wants a refund on their entry fee, should contact the series’ entries secretary on

The race organisers says it’s expected to take around two weeks to process any refunds via