Anger as tram halts runners

Action from the 2012 Blackpool 10K fun run
Action from the 2012 Blackpool 10K fun run
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PARTICIPANTS in this year’s fun run have spoken of their fury after a Blackpool tram forced runners to stop.

The Beaverbrooks 10k race, in its 30th year, takes athletes from the Hilton Hotel on the Promenade down to the Pleasure Beach and back again.

But this year some runners were asked to stop to allow a tram through at a section of tramway near Gynn Square.

Colin Davies, of Marton, travelled to the popular event to support his friend.

He said: “My friend had finished and we were walking back to meet him when we saw a tram trying to get through.

“Runners were at the tram tracks heading down to Lower Walk for the finishing straight but were being held back.

“It was chaos, no-one wanted to stop but they couldn’t cross the tracks as the tram was being allowed through.

“I don’t understand why Blackpool Transport didn’t stop the tram service for a couple of hours during the morning.

“I think it is a disgrace to show such little respect to people trying to raise money, to better themselves and have some fun.”

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Money raised at this year’s event will all go towards the NSPCC’s aim of helping children.

One runner, who did not want to be named, said; “I was furious, towards the end of the race runners were stopped to allow a tram passed.

“Why the trams were not stopped for a couple of hours during the morning I don’t know.”

Blackpool councillor Fred Jackson, cabinet member for transport, said: “It is obviously something we need to look at but there are always two sides to these things. We have to consider the residents and visitors using the trams and also the event. Admittedly there will have to be times when the trams don’t run.”

Organisers of the annual event did not want to comment.