Wales' four leading mass participation sporting event organisations have joined forces for the first time creating MSO Cymru, to help chart a safe return for many of the nation's favourite races. Those involved in this newly formed group include:
Front Runner Events - organisers of the JCP Swansea Half Marathon.
Run4Wales - who organise the hugely popular Cardiff Half Marathon.
Activity Wales Events - who organise the Long Course Weekend.
Always Aim High - organisers of the Cardiff Triathlon.
The group (MSO Cymru) has come together to find joint solutions to the problems presented by the coronavirus pandemic. Between them, the four founder members of MSO Cymru promote the nation's leading events in swimming, running, cycling, duathlon, triathlon, swim run and walking. Offering sporting opportunities to more that 100,000 participants across the country.
David Martin-Jewell, Managing Director (Front Runner Events) said:
"We are very excited to be working together with Wales' biggest mass participation event organisers to form MSO Cymru. I am looking forward to seeing this collaboration develop as we seek to find solutions for a safe return for mass participation events. Events like ours contribute enormously to the Welsh economy and also provides a much needed fundraising platform by helping raise millions of pounds for the charity sector."
The mass participation events sector significantly enhances Wales' international profile by welcoming thousands of international visitors to the region, whilst playing a significant part in improving the heath and wellbeing of the population.
Matt Newman, CEO (Run4Wales) added:
"We will be looking to draw upon solutions from both the UK and international arena as we work together to plan a safe return for our events, protecting jobs in the industry, including those in our supply chains. It is essential we secure the long-term future of our businesses and the hundreds of businesses in the supply chain in order to deliver on our social, economic and promotional agenda for Wales."
MSO Cymru - is the Mass Participation Sports Organisers group for Wales.