I am sorry to announce that we are having to cancel this event on Saturday 29th September due to the low level of entries. We have just not got enough entries to run a successful beaver and cub or scout and explorer event. It is possible we would only have 2 or 3 swimmers in some races which would not be competitive or fair.
Also we do have to look at the cost of running an event at a huge loss -the costs of renting pool at £80 per hour for 4 hours and getting in about 1/3 of that is not good. I have not done this lightly, I have discussed with Terry Bond our chairman also.
Please put on your agendas for next section meetings a question of whether your sections want this event, was it just the timing that was poor, are we asking too much of our leaders i.e too many events crammed into one window or what? If we are to rearrange the event later in the autumn term we will have to go back to Salt Ayre, as Uni can not have us in term time, but I would need to plan that now to get a date as Salt Ayre book up a year in advance.
Let all you members know please, we will get in touch direct with all the entrants for this time so they know what is going on. I am hugely disappointed but feel it is unsafe to proceed, to ask so many helpers and supporters to come and do all the jobs we need for so small a following.
Pat G. DC.