Plans to host a unique underground 10k run in Winsford have been scuppered.
Athletes and fun runners had been invited to take part in the special charity event on September 3.
But Winsford Salt Mine’s owners Compass Minerals have had to cancel it for the time being for ‘operational reasons’.
There had been significant interest in the race and some entrants had already been allocated places.
The run’s route planned to tour the huge excavated caverns of the UK’s biggest rock salt mine, which is usually closed to the public.
A Compass Minerals spokeswoman said: “Due to operational reasons Compass Minerals has decided to postpone the Underground Salt Run.
“Because of the nature of the event, only a small number of runners had been allocated places as part of an early allocation.
“All other applicants details will be held on file and contacted if the opportunity arises in the future.
“In the meantime, a surface 10k run, which starts and finishes at the salt mine, will go ahead on October 9 and runners will have the opportunity to take part in this event instead.”
The underground event had hoped to raise money for cardiac screening charity CRY and towards developing a community athletics track facility for Mid Cheshire.
English Athletics and Run Britain had given their support to the race.
For more information about the surface 10k in October visit www.xplosiveevents.co.uk/runwinsford .
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