SOUTH Holland charities will miss one of their biggest pay days now Radar Challenge has been called off at the eleventh hour.
The last two events attracted hundreds of entries – and together raised £30,000 for a host of good causes – but fewer than 50 would-be participants registered by Monday’s deadline.
Organisers met on Monday night and decided to refund entry fees and go back to the drawing board so another big fundraiser can be held next year.
Rotarian Steve Colby, who chairs the organising committee, said South Holland Rotary and Spalding Lions would welcome fresh ideas from Spalding Guardian readers.
Radar Challenge was scheduled for this Sunday – Mothering Sunday – and would have featured a 10k road race, a 3k fun run, a 12k family cycle ride and two 8k walks at Cloot Drove, Crowland.
Mr Colby said it would have clashed with other events had it been moved a week forward or back.
He said: “I am not going to say that Mothering Sunday wasn’t a factor involved, but I don’t think it was the main factor.”
The cancellation is not the end of the road for the organising committee because they are determined to find a way forward.
Mr Colby said: “There’s a dedicated committee here committed to putting something on and if anyone has a bright idea that this committee could use, we would be very grateful if they could contact the Spalding Guardian who are one of the Radar Challenge sponsors.”
He said the organisers had to cancel because the income from the people who had registered would have met less than ten per cent of the running costs.
Mr Colby continued: “This is a sorry state of affairs for an event which we had hoped would carry on as an annual event to support many local charities and good causes.
“We are disappointed at the lack of participation this year but we are grateful to all those who have supported the event in the past and have helped raise a wonderful total of £30,000 for charity.
“I would also like to add my personal thanks to all the members of the organising group who worked so hard and made my job as their chairman enjoyable and rewarding.”
nIf you have ideas to save Radar Challenge – or can come up with a new event the committee might organise – please write to the Guardian at Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE11 1AB, or email firstname.lastname@example.org