Concerns that forthcoming event is not meeting required safety conditions

East Lothian Council and Police Scotland are advising possible participants in the planned Edinburgh to North Berwick road race (E2NB) to be held on Saturday 6 May that this event does not comply with the required safety conditions and if the event proceeds it does so without either organisations support or approval.

The organiser of the event, despite attending multi-agency SAG (Safety Advisory Group) meetings, has been unable or unwilling to comply with conditions East Lothian Council and Police Scotland require for the safe running of the 2023 event.

Concerns had been raised over last year’s event with particular reference to the safety of both participating runners and other road users and a number of recommendations were advised to the organiser including employing a Traffic Management company to ensure correct processes were in place to control traffic and ensure runners’ and spectators’ safety. It is the event organiser’s responsibility to take any appropriate action to alleviate these concerns.

Unfortunately as these conditions have not been met, on the grounds of health and safety, East Lothian Council and Police Scotland are unable to support the event. The SAG does not have any legislative authority to prevent the organiser from holding the event but he has been advised in the strongest terms to cancel the event in its current format.

Runners who may have already signed up to participate or others considering to do so are also advised that the event does not comply with necessary conditions ensuring their safety.

Published: Thursday, 30th March 2023