COMPETITIVE athletics events are set to resume in Helensburgh next month after the organisers of the From Hel ‘n’ Back off-road run confirmed the 2020 race will go ahead as planned.

The event – a demanding trail run from Hermitage Academy over sections of the Three Lochs Way and John Muir Way, packing in an impressive 1,253 feet of elevation into its 12.5km course – will take place on Saturday, September 12.

All 150 places have already been snapped up for the event, which is organised by Helensburgh Amateur Athletics Club (HAAC) and also includes a shorter ‘Devil’s Dash’ run over a distance of 5km.

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Last month HAAC said they hoped to make a decision by mid-August on the fate of the popular event – and only a few days past that target, and following discussions with the sport’s governing body, the club announced on Monday that the race will go ahead as scheduled.

In a statement posted on the From Hel ‘n’ Back page on Facebook, the organisers said: “Following recent updates from the Scottish Government and discussions with Scottish Athletics, we are pleased to announce that this year’s event will be able to take place with a number of measures in place to ensure safety.

“Those who have entered will receive an email this weekend to outline and explain the safeguards we are putting in place.

“Rest assured that the hills and the views will still feature!”

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