2020 Cookstown Races Cause Contention?
So far the entire Irish, Northern Irish and Manx Road Racing Season has been completely cancelled, with one exception – the 2020 Cookstown 100.
The Cookstown Club have always said that their 2020 event was postponed, rather than cancelled, and have recently confirmed that they are looking at running the event on 11th and 12 September 2020, however have also stated that it will most likely be a restricted numbers and ticket only event.
This is where the contention arises. From my own reading most people have been positive about it – welcoming the thought of a 2020 event, citing it as something to look forward too after what has been a reasonably horrendous 2020, for many, so far.
Others feel differently, suggesting running the event could put the Health Service under undue stress and pressure and having a gathering of people, or even planning such a gathering with the global and local pandemic still at a very dangerous point is just not wise.
Personally I am still on the fence.
If (supported by science and health advice) the event can be run safely, adhering to any restrictions still imposed by law and more importantly incorporating good common sense and have full medical cover – then why not?
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If it can’t meet all of the above criteria then then it simply shouldn’t proceed and to be fair the Cookstown Club have stated this in their recent Press Release :
Although we will be taking advice and direction from various organisations and will have to abide by any legislation currently in place at the time of event, we are hopeful that with graduate eases of restrictions due to commence in ROI that NI Executive may also align with the these measures,and we will get to provide both riders a venue to get a spin out in 2020 and spectators a chance to see some racing from the guys who always put on a great show.
As no one knows exactly how this will all work or what the situation will be at the time of event. We as a club will do everything we can, right up to the last to try to make this happen in September.Cookstown 100 Official Press Release 05/05/2020
As with everything in life that has two sides people will feel strongly about whatever side of that line they stand and the results will often be vocal.
- On the 19th May 2020 the Cookstown Club issued a statement confirming their continued plans for a September 2020 event. This statement mentioned social measures that would be taken such as limited numbers at vantage points and an online ticket booking system, making it a ticket only event.
- On 20th May 2020 the Chairman of the Cookstown Club made a Facebook Post on the Official Cookstown 100 Group.
- On Friday 22nd May 2020 Motorcycling Ireland issued a press release in which they stated that they were ‘alarmed and annoyed to read that some individual organising clubs within the MCUI (Ulster Centre) are still intending to promote events in this current climate.’ Motorcycle Ireland continued… ‘They do not have the authority or support of the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland to promote these events in 2020.’
Although no club is mentioned the only event still planning for a 2020 is the Cookstown 100 so it can only be assumed this is a direct shot across the bow of the club.
The Full Press Release is as below :
STATEMENT FROM MOTORCYCLING IRELAND :
Motorcycling Ireland announced on March 19th that all its 2020 events are cancelled for the foreseeable future to ease the pressure on the Health and Medical Services in these difficult circumstances.
We are alarmed and annoyed to read that some individual organising clubs within the MCUI (Ulster Centre) are still intending to promote events in this current climate. They do not have the authority or support of the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland to promote these events in 2020. We also feel that they are bringing our sport unnecessarily into the public spotlight when the governments of Ireland are still trying to keep this epidemic under control.
We have accepted that as for 2020 our motorcycling sport will not be adding any pressure on the various health and public departments throughout Ireland and would hope the Ulster Centre follows that lead as we look forward to joint planning for our return in 2021.
So that’s everything up to date at the moment, a little contention in the air, but as of right now the plans for a 2020 Cookstown 100 proceed.
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