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2021 Inverness Half Marathon & 5K : Important Event Update


18 February 2021: It is with great sadness that we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Inverness Half Marathon & 5K due to take place on 16 May.

We have been monitoring the situation very closely over the last few weeks and following consultation with government agencies, local authorities and emergency services, it is clear that due to the current COVID-19 situation and the ongoing level of restrictions in Scotland, an event of this size cannot go ahead in May.

The health, safety and welfare of our participants, volunteers, staff, stakeholders and the local community is at the heart of everything we do and will always remain our priority.

We are extremely disappointed to have to take this decision and we are very grateful for the ongoing support from participants, our stakeholders, event partners and our local community. This is the first time in the 36-year history of the event that it has been cancelled; the Inverness Half Marathon & 5K was one of the few mass participation sporting events to take place in 2020.

We understand the many weeks of training required to prepare for a half marathon and we are also mindful that many of you will be fundraising for charity. With this in mind, we are working on some exciting plans for a virtual event and will be sharing these with you over the coming weeks.

Unfortunately it has not been possible to find an alternative date later in 2021. Instead, we will put our efforts into ensuring the 2022 event is an outstanding experience for everyone.

Everyone with a place in the 2021 event will have their entry automatically transferred to the 2022 event scheduled for 13 March 2022 and no further action is required. All participants have been emailed today.

We really hope you can all join us at the 2022 event however we understand that this date may not be possible for everyone and we are able to offer the following alternatives:

  • Transfer your entry to another runner and receive a refund
  • Donate your entry fee to one of our official charities
  • A refund of your entry fee

We know this will be disappointing news and from all of us at the Inverness Half Marathon, we want to thank you for your support. We can’t wait to welcome you all back to Inverness in 2022.

Above all, we hope you and your loved ones are keeping safe and well.

Malcolm Sutherland, Race Director, Inverness Half Marathon



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