The ongoing national lockdown struck another blow to the BCM sporting community recently after the East London Athletics Club (ELAC) decided to officially cancel the annual Trevor Klose 10km, initially scheduled for July 5.
The race is named after former ELAC member and Daily Dispatch reporter Trevor Klose, who was an active member of the East London running scene.
“After much discussion with my committee via our WhatsApp group, it was unanimously agreed that we would have to cancel the Trevor Klose 10km,” said ELAC chairman Graham Reynolds.
While the lockdown has put strain on the organisation, Reynolds said the ELAC was holding strong.
“We are managing as well as can be expected.
“We continue to keep our members informed of the rules and regulations relating to exercising outdoors.
“Our members are very responsible people who will only exercise in terms of the rules in spite of the difficulties,” he said.
Reynolds acknowledged that several club members had been hit financially with the cancellation of both the Two Oceans and Comrades marathons, having already booked flights and accommodation for the events.
However, there was still a silver lining.
“One consolation is that they are all healthy and for me, that is the most important thing at the moment,” Reynolds said.
He said the club hoped that their next race, the Trevor Gee 10km, as well as the club’s 85th birthday, both in October, will go ahead as planned.