It’s Grim Up North Running company have organised a second ‘Brexit or Exit’ marathon track event at Tadcaster Grammar School as an extension of the original event held on Sunday 31st March earlier this year.
As Brexit was previously scheduled to take place on March 29th earlier this year, the running company decided to set up a track event where participants could exit the track at any time they wanted, in coordination with a ‘Brexit or Exit’ theme.
The aim of the event, which was first titled ‘The Brexit or Exit Track Challenge’ was to lighten the mood and capture the significant political event of the year. Similar to the Brexit debate of ‘should we stay in or pull out?’ The race instilled the same dilemma in the mind of every runner that faced a mental test of endurance on the day of the event. However unlike Brexit, all runners had complete control of when they chose to exit the track.
The continuation of the Brexit or Exit ‘extension’ taking place this Sunday 26th October at Tadcaster Grammar School is going to be slightly different. Three distances will be ran by participants; a metric marathon, regular marathon and ultra. Medals and goodie bags will be given to runners who complete the minimum distance of half a marathon, unlike the first event when every one was given a medal provided they had ran at least 1 track.
We spoke to Catherine Hirst, the organiser of the event who told us of how the event this Sunday became possible.
“After the last event in March we had lots of medals left over and we were encouraged to hold another track event after Brexit didn’t actually end up happening in March.”
Runners completing the event this Sunday will receive a bespoke medal, goodie bag, individual chip time and a big screen will be raised on the track for them to see their time progress.
“Because it’s so small the event is quite personal, and you’re able to really support the participants. There is a lovely feel to the day on the track.”
Catherine was in the middle of baking for the event when we spoke to her as food and cake stations will be available on the track side this Sunday.
From everyone here at Tadcaster Echo, we hope that all taking part enjoy the event and can complete their track. Uncertainty on a Brexit date continues!