In what is a first in the history of the race, Six Foot track has been cancelled this weekend due to the huge amounts of rain that have been experienced in the area over the last few weeks, causing a number of issues for organisers and the RFS alike.
Last Saturday, Ultra168 headed down to the track to see the conditions first-hand and were greeted by ranging torrents.
With slightly better weather forecast for this week, there was huge hope that the river would submerge and be safe to cross this weekend, but alas, although it has dropped, the very sensible and wise decision has been taken to cancel for this year.
It seems that Cox’s River depths and flow were not the only issues as a landslip further up the track has caused real concerns for the RFS who support the race each year.
The statement issued by RD Colin Jeftha reads:
“It is with great regret that I officially announce the cancellation of the 2012 6FT Track Marathon.
This morning Jack Tollhurst, the RFS coordinator for the first 26yrs of 6FT who has lived on the river for 40 yrs, accompanied Frank Vincenz to the track. The peg that Frank put in yesterday afternoon at the level of the river, which showed 5cm drop in 4hrs, is now 30cm below the river level.
Jack , with his experience, has advised the current coordinator that the RFS cannot and should not support the river crossing because the safety of all cannot be guaranteed, and the RFS has officially withdrawn their support for the event. I accepted that view based on my observations from last night.
Jack and Frank will still be traversing the rest of the course to Deviation, but with further deterioration since yesterday this is unlikely to change things. It particular the slippage just past Little River has made that impassable to the RFS trucks and generally they will not put their personnel at risk on a track that is not safe to drive through. Without access to that part of the track, as per last night’s email, the race just cannot go ahead with our commitments to safety.”