GOM has always been a race that is open to all, with large gatherings of friends, family and competitors from all over the UK taking part and making GOM something special and different. Unfortunately, we feel that the current circumstances would prevent us from achieving this unique atmosphere. Therefore, it is with great regret that we have made the difficult decision not to hold the Great Ouse Marathon this year.
Although the remaining Covid restrictions are being lifted by the government on Monday 19th July, the rate of Covid infections continue to rise with the prospect of 100,000 cases per day in the coming weeks. With this in mind, we feel that we would need to have social distancing measurers in place for GOM, which would mean that we would need to limit the number of competitors and dispense with essential end-of-race practices, such as having our junior and senior club members helping tired competitors off the river and masseurs to help with cramping limbs.
For all of you who have enquired about the race this year, thank you for your continued support and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Isle of Ely Rowing Club for future events.