Disappointingly the annual NECAA Signals Road Relay Championships, which were scheduled to be held on its usual Hetton Lyons Country Park course on Saturday 16th February, for the ninth successive year, were cancelled due to lack of an agreement between the hirer and Sunderland City Council over the events licence issue method.
Despite the hirer, the North Eastern Counties Athletics Association holding an insurance liability policy from UK Athletics, that is well in tune with the Councils expectations, the Council still demanded that an individual from the hirer signed a form, in line with their policy, to take unlimited personal liability for the event and its participants.
This presented a difficult and unworkable situation for the hirer, as it placed them in a very vulnerable situation individually, therefore there was a refusal to sign on that basis, which meant there was a position of impasse, rendering the event in a position of being unable to proceed under such circumstances.
No agreement had been reached between either party in time for the event to go ahead on Saturday,
however it is hoped that the event will go ahead soon, either with a suitable agreement between
current respective parties, or that a new venue be sought with a different authority.