The parkruns in Wales that have been cancelled because of the snow

Snow and ice have already scuppered many parkrun events around the country, with organisers making an early call to cancel some weekend races.

Known for taking place at 9am sharp every Saturday morning, no matter the weather, the recent cold snap has made some of the parkrun courses too unsafe.

In Wales, 16 Saturday parkrun events on February 2 have already been cancelled (full list below), with many more on standby for an early morning assessment.

In Cardiff, the decision on whether to run or not will be taken in the morning
(Image: Richard Swingler)

Many of the Welsh routes are subject to icy conditions, as they are on exposed riverside paths. Courses such as the Riverfront parkrun, in Newport, the Severn Bridge parkrun and the Llanelli Coast parkrun have all said snow and ice underfoot makes the weekly 5km run “unsafe”.

The cold snap gripping the nation has seen temperatures dip as low as -14C and large areas of the country are covered in snow.

Warmer weather is not expected to arrive in the next few days which means many of the parkrun tracks will be too dangerous in the morning.

At the moment, the biggest parkrun in Cardiff, which begins at Blackweir, is scheduled to run as normal, subject to a route inspection early morning.

The event routinely attracts nearly 1000 runners, forcing organisers to consider starting a third in Cardiff.

Cardiff parkrun are waiting to see what the morning brings

Organisers posted on Facebook, saying: “We haven’t got a crystal ball, but at the moment the paths are pretty clear and the most of the course is quite sheltered so we’re getting organised as normal.

“As every Saturday a course inspection will take place in the morning, if it’s found to be too slippery we’ll make the call then and post on our Facebook Page as early as possible.”

Organisers at Grangemoor, Barry and Porthcawl will also be doing a route check in the morning before they confirm whether the parkrun goes ahead.

Pontypool parkrun made an early decision to cancel

And so did Newport

Organisers apologised to participants as they posted the cancellation notices on Friday afternoon.

This is the full list of cancellations in Wales, as of 5pm on Friday, February 1:

Aberbeeg, Aberdare, Bodelwyddan Castle, Bryn Bach, Cwmbran, Llanelli Coast, Llyn Llech Owain, Maesteg, Merthyr, Newport, Pontypridd, Pontypool, Penallta, Riverfront (Newport), Rogiet, Severn Bridge.

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